Today smart cities are being developed by governments across the world to boost the wellness and quality of life of its citizens. We see an increase in the convergence of technologies, scientific knowledge and political will, and it is safe to say that in the next few years, there will be new societal trends and challenges in the fields of health, wellness, security, safety, transport, energy, mobility and communications. The future of managing smart cities will depend upon developing systems that can address the computational demands of expanding digitized data and related advanced software solutions. One promising solution to accomplish this convergence is through the development of the digital twin. According to Gartner, Digital Twin is in the top 10 technological trends for 2020. More than 50% IoT companies’ teams have digital twin in their annual plan as a strategic mandate. According to Market Research Future, it is expected that the digital twin market will reach $15B by 2023.

A digital twin is a digital replication of a living or non-living physical entity. When data is transmitted seamlessly, it bridges the physical and virtual worlds, thus allowing the virtual entity to exist simultaneously with the physical entity. A digital twin facilitates the means to understand, monitor, and optimize the functions of the physical entity, as well as it provides continuous feedback. Therefore, a digital twin can be used to improve quality of life and wellbeing of citizens in smart cities as well as the virtualization of industrial processes.

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