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GOVERNMENT DIGITAL EXPERTS INVITE YOU TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ISLE OF WIGHT’S ‘DIGITAL TWIN’

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The Isle of Wight has been selected to help support the UK Government’s National Digital Programme in a series of demonstration projects, which will include the creation of a ‘Digital Twin’ island.

A ‘Digital Twin’ is a collection of information arranged as digital models which can be used by authorities including local councils, health services and emergency services to trial scenarios digitally without affecting the real world.

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Ultimately, this could be used to test real-life decisions before they are implemented, helping to understand the implications and unintended consequences.

The team leading the project from the Department for Business, Energy, Innovation and Skills is visiting the Isle of Wight to explain more. They will be holding a public briefing session at Isle of Wight Council’s Council Chamber at 18:00 on 6th July 2022 to outline the national programme’s objectives and the potential benefits to the Island, as well as answering any questions related to this important pilot.

All are welcome to discover more about this interesting and innovative project, and find out the role that the Isle of Wight will be playing in the work. Anyone who wishes to attend can express an interest by emailing [email protected].

Chris Ashman, the Isle of Wight Council’s director of regeneration, said:

“The vast amount of information that public bodies hold can be crucial in making important decisions about the future, or even making immediate choices in an emergency situation.

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“Organising that information and making it accessible using new digital technology can bring real benefits to us.

“The Isle of Wight is a great place to be a pilot area for the National Digital Twin programme, and I’m looking forward to working with the team to find out more about how we will be benefitting from the project.”

Digital twins are a combination of emergent technologies that connect physical assets, systems and processes to sophisticated digital models, allowing information to flow in right time between the real world and the digital. Ultimately, this capability will allow authorities to test decisions before they are implemented, understanding the implications and unintended consequences, and allowing the freedom to optimise decisions for public benefit. It provides insights to improve asset performance, service delivery and forecasting resilience to future events.

On the Isle of Wight, the programme will focus 2 key areas: infrastructure resilience, emergency planning and responsiveness; and energy demand, use and supply.

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Martin Shoebridge
Martin Shoebridge
1 month ago

Anyone care to translate into ordinary English ?

Elliot
Elliot
Reply to  Martin Shoebridge
1 month ago

They’re using computer based models and simulations to understand how policy decisions would affect people on the island, so they can see what the effects of different ideas would be before doing them in real life.

Frank
Frank
Reply to  Elliot
1 month ago

Sounds like a money pit…

When has a Government computer system ever worked efficiently, been delivered on time and to budget?

Haven’t we got a Council Emergency committee who should already have their fingers on the pulse?

Martin Shoebridge
Martin Shoebridge
Reply to  Elliot
1 month ago

Will that correct all their bad decisions over the years though?

Stephen
Stephen
1 month ago

Define us please? As you never listen to the public
We all know you read these comments so man up and be truthful

Terry
Terry
1 month ago

Great idea, maybe it will show councillors how stupid some of their hairbrained schemes are, especially on planning and housebuilding, but then the rest of us will have already told them that.

Jay
Jay
1 month ago

Computers are absolutely not infallible because they are programmed by humans.
A tiny error can by multiplied rapidly.
The models will be built on best/worse case scenarios, vand then there is the X factor.
No not Simon Cowell, more like Susan Boyle!
In a random and chaotic universe, no event is quite like the last and human reaction is not really quantifiable.
Still, it will allow politicians to blame computer error. Meanwhile council and efficiency remain oxymoron.

Edgar of 9
Edgar of 9
1 month ago

Here is a scenario.
Feed in the proposed 900 houses at pennyfeathers.
Result, insufficient sewage capacity, insufficient medical coverage, road access issues, water supply issues in times of drought etc etc.
This would produce a recommendation by the software to refuse the plans.
Council decisión, ignore the result and carry on regardless.

Qwerty King
Qwerty King
1 month ago

What an absolute waste of time and public funds. I stick 2 digits up at this!

martin
martin
1 month ago

Is it being organised by Niall Ferguson?

Qwerty King
Qwerty King
Reply to  martin
1 month ago

Who?

 

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