Orlando Inno reports (subscription required) that the Orlando Economic Partnership (OEP) will have a new tool by early next year to aid its recruitment efforts. It is described as the first-of-its-kind in use by an economic development organization.
The tool is a “digital twin” which is characterized as a virtual copy of a real object. According to the Orlando Inno article, “Digital twins can go through multiple simulations and be integrated with different kinds of data to demonstrate quickly and easily how scenarios may play out in real life.”
OEP and and San Francisco-based Unity Software Inc., which has its East Coast headquarters in the city, unveiled tool last week. It is a virtual recreation of hundreds of square miles, including 40 square miles across Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties mapped out in high fidelity. Area businesses will be able to use the digital twin of the region to visualize development plans and other projects across 800 square miles of Central Florida by early 2023.
According to the article, digital twin projects range in sophistication from level one to level five. The OEP’s digital twin is at level two, but will be further developed toward level four — which incorporates machine learning — and level five, which uses artificial intelligence.