Urban digital twin: Beyond the buzzword

Does your city have a true urban digital twin? One that enables you to solve specific challenges and supports smart and sustainability initiatives?

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Unlocking the future of cities

How can digital twins disrupt the status quo for city planners and administrators?

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More than a simple 3D model, and definitely more than a buzzword, an urban digital twin pulls together several existing mature technologies that, when leveraged comprehensively, can provide unprecedented insights and actionable information.

A true urban digital twin consists of multiple layers. The first is a digital replica – the digital city. Adding data from IoT creates the second – the connected city. Applying AI and simulations to that data produces the third – the intelligent city.

  • Digital city: Serves as the foundation for any urban digital twin by providing the necessary data to create a virtual model of the physical city
  • Connected city: Allows for real-time monitoring, analysis and control with interconnected devices that communicate with each other
  • Intelligent city: Works at the core of the urban digital twin with a platform that can connect to and visualize all data from the digital city and the connected city and enables analytics, AI and simulations

Successful cities work with a single, trusted partner who can replicate the physical city in a digital framework. With Hexagon, they can also access, integrate and process real-time data and perform intelligence and simulations to create a true urban digital twin. No matter where you are on your city’s digital transformation journey, we offer support at any stage.

See how an urban digital twin can help your city

Unprecedented growth challenges cities to keep pace to achieve safe, sustainable communities. Urban digital twins can help.

Case studies


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Digital twins advance sustainability

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Campo de Cartagena’s digital twin

Hexagon is working with Spanish authorities to protect residents and the environment through a digital twin of Campo de Cartagena


  • M.App Enterprise

    M.App Enterprise is the ideal geospatial platform to configure an urban digital twin application. It combines all spatial, real-time and other data that is spread across multiple systems in a single view to create a virtual replica of your city. The platform consists of browser, rich client and mobile components and allows users to avoid data duplication and access accurate, up-to-date information anywhere and anytime. Additionally, analytics and AI capabilities allow city officials to go beyond a simple map to create a true urban digital twin.

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  • LuciadFusion

    LuciadFusion lets you manage your data intelligently, store and process a multitude of data formats and feed data to numerous applications, putting the power of your data at your fingertips. Features including powerful automatic cataloging and quick and easy data publishing allow you to design, portray, process and set up advanced maps in a few simple clicks.

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  • LuciadRIA

    Driven by today’s most advanced web technologies, LuciadRIA uses WebGL, HTML5 and JavaScript to deliver desktop-like performance to your web applications. With LuciadRIA, you can expect high performance and complete accuracy, with desktop-like visualization of satellite and other imagery, vector-based data and dynamic content, such as tracks.

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  • Qognify VMS and Situator

    Hexagon helps customers minimize the impact of security, safety and operational incidents. Qognify VMS and Situator serve thousands of critical infrastructure and government customers with real-time operational intelligence and monitoring capabilities.

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  • HxGN Content Program

    Cities in Europe and North America wanting quick and easy access to geospatial data can turn to the HxGN Content Program, Hexagon’s aerial data program that offers the largest library of aerial imagery and digital surface models across the United States, Europe and parts of Canada. The data is ortho-rectified, accurate and available at multiple resolutions. The data is made available to everyone through the cloud at affordable price points.

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  • HxGN EAM

    Built upon more than 30 years of experience and continuous innovation, HxGN EAM (formerly Infor EAM) is helping organizations shift their critical asset management to a prescriptive maintenance approach as they evolve from EAM to Asset Performance Management (APM).

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  • Leica BLK series

    The award-winning Leica BLK series of reality capture sensors is designed to democratize reality capture worldwide. From portable and handheld laser scanners to autonomous reality capture, BLK sensors contain powerful technology in simple, elegant form factors that are portable, high-quality and easy to use.

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  • Leica CityMapper-2

    The Leica CityMapper-2 is specifically designed for airborne urban mapping and offers twice the data collection performance to address the urgent need for 3D data. The world’s only hybrid oblique imaging and LiDAR airborne sensor, it captures two nadir (RGB/NIR) and four oblique 150 MP images every 0.9 seconds, providing the highest resolution to visualize every corner of the city. With a new generation 2 MHz pulse rate LiDAR, this sensor breaks all conventional barriers of urban mapping.

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  • Xalt

    With Xalt, Hexagon offers a real-time platform to enable the collection, processing and management of large amounts of data from a variety of sources, including sensors, devices and other systems.

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