Visual 3D models are being deployed in smart cities around the world. While earlier the motivation was mostly on visualizing the buildings, the latest developments will turn the 3D models into a rich source of information related to the urban landscape and built environment. One of the goals of the FinEst Twins project is to develop the Digital Twins of Helsinki and Tallinn as joint effort. The work also supports the urban research done in Aalto University and TalTech. The webinar series is a masterclass of smart city digital twins, presented by top experts in the field and supported with state of the art showcases from around the world.

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The monthly Research & Innovation Seminar (RIS, pronounced like RISE). RIS is part of FinEst Twins in collaboration especially with TalTech, Aalto University and Forum Virium Helsinki. RIS purposely associated with any rising things is in a way miniature of the main idea of the FinEst Twins Center of Excellence; that is, a fruitful combination of deep academic research and innovations and a more practical development approach of cities and companies.

RIS has three goals:
1) Researchers internal discussions (=opportunities to show your own work results and research plans, for example to find new inter-stream connections) 2) Give researchers opportunities to discuss and then collaborate with cities (to get data and create pilots with urban developers, to get further funding, for example)
3) Discuss and ask smart questions about FinEst Twins project, the FinEst Twins Smart City Center of Excellence.

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11:00-11:15 FinEst Twins Smart City Challenge by Mrs Külle Tärnov, Head of Innovation
11:15-11:45 Vienna Smart City by Mag. Nikolaus Summer, Urban Innovation Vienna, Smart City Agency, Senior Expert
11:45-12:15 Jelgava Smart City by Gints Reinsons, Head of Operational Information Centre of Jelgava city
12:15-12:20 Closing words by Külle Tärnov

The webinar took place on Oct 19 and you are warmly welcome to listen the webinar recording. 

Smart City Wien defines Smart City as a city that assigns priority to, and interlinks, the issues of energy, mobility, buildings and infrastructure. In developing these fields, an emphasis is given to radical resource preservation, development and productive use of innovations/new technologies and high and socially balanced quality of living.  Smart City should be therefore able to safeguard the city’s ability to withstand future challenges in a comprehensive fashion. The elementary trait of Smart City Wien lies in the holistic approach pursued, which comprises novel mechanisms of action and co-ordination in politics and administration as well as a wider leeway of action assigned to citizens.

Gints Reinsons in 2010 co-founded first and only Operative Information Centre operated by City Municipality in the whole Baltic and Scandinavian region. What others call a job, he calls amazing journey, which with combination of agile and hardworking team, proactive Jelgava City management encouragement has paid off with great recognition and results. Now Jelgava is recognized as Smart City worldwide (especially in Europe).

Jelgava Municipal Operational Information Centre (JPOIC) uses comprehensive communication, information exchange and analysis mechanisms that provide direct communication between residents of Jelgava city, infrastructure maintenance, operational services, state and local government institutions, commercial companies and the Civil Protection Commission.