03/06/2021 – Infrastructure / Digital / Architecture / Twin Factory / City / Agile / Fractal / Cityzenith

New alliance to advance architecture and infrastructure via ‘Digital Twin Factory’
New alliance to advance architecture and infrastructure via ‘Digital Twin Factory’

A new tri-party agreement aimed at advancing digital twin technology could help create a new dawn for architecture and infrastructure, and could have a major impact when it comes to driving down carbon-emissions in our major cities. 


Digital Twins – highly detailed virtual 3D models driven by massed data – have already been hailed as key to an expansive new age of sustainable and efficient architecture, planning, and infrastructure; they are able to drive down carbon emissions in the face of climate change.


The roll-out of this pivotal technology is now being dramatically accelerated, according to businesses – The Agile Fractal Grid (AFG), Cityzenith, and Fractal Twins – who say their new alliance will allow the world to ‘build back better’ by advancing thousands of global smart city and infrastructure projects via a ‘Digital Twin Factory’. 


Partners in progress


The Agile Fractal Grid (AFG) is the Boston-headquartered developer of ‘a fractal system of systems’ able to design and integrate new age communications, energy, and other infrastructures.


Cityzenith is creator of the revolutionary Digital Twin (DT) platform SmartWorldOS™ that will power the new DT Factory rollout. The firm said it is committed to a ‘Clean Cities – Clean Future’ urban de-carbonisation mission. 


Fractal Twins is a new company established to deliver a fully supported and customised version of SmartWorldOS™, as a part of AFG’s ‘Fractal Family’ of products and services.


The new long-term agreement between the three firms follows 2020 talks as AFG developed a comprehensive smart infrastructure and carbon-neutral, energy grid project and Cityzenith’s powerful and versatile SmartWorldOS™ was selected as the perfect fit for AFG’s own software platform services.

Cityzenith CEO Michael Jansen said: “We have since reached ‘critical mass’ by adding Fractal Twins to the mix, enabling us to accelerate creation of hundreds, or even thousands, of DT projects that work off the same blueprint patterns.”


Speeding up the post-Covid recovery


As a result, said Mr Jansen, the three firms can now “go global” with speeding the post-Covid recovery and driving down global emissions to avoid the devastating human and economic costs of climate change.


“Effectively, we will create an ‘embedded’ SmartWorldOS™ Digital Twin studio – a ‘factory’ – to deliver at scale for Fractal Twins and AFG, customised to specific functionality, smart service applications – including energy grids, smart buildings, manufacturing, smart transportation, entertainment, healthcare and agriculture,” he advised.


“Further, we are establishing a pipeline of cutting-edge projects, highlighting the potential of the merged platforms: clean, renewable energy infrastructure and transition projects in the US; a communications rollout across the US; smart cities in the US, Africa and Canada; global port projects; and energy transition projects in Scandinavia.”


Building back better


AFG’s CEO, John Reynolds, said the new contract “hot-wires Cityzenith’s own versatile DT platform into our network to unlock enhanced opportunities and visions as the world seeks to “build back better” after Covid -19 and respond to the “immense challenges” posed by climate change.


“Smart cities, infrastructures and energy grids are the key to meeting that threat and the global ambitions set under the 2015 Paris Agreement,” he stressed.


Fractal Twins’ CEO, Ron Toll, added: “This is an exciting opportunity not only for three ground-breaking companies, but for our world, as we enter a new age – one shaken by recent global events, but alive to new technology and new directions.”

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