ASEAN is poised to have faster growth than most regions in the world. The ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint 2025 and the ASEAN Smart Cities Network should provide the necessary framework and network to facilitate the deep and cohesive economic integration of the ASEAN Member States.
The growing global trend for smart cities today is to create the digital twin of the city, to capture data and analyse them for relevant government agencies to become "smarter" with these insights.
But, how about digitally connecting more cities, i.e. "Digitally-Twinned Smart Cities"?
The concept of "Digitally Twinned Smart Cities" aims to provide a regionally integrated digital ecosystem to address existing and emerging challenges of food and energy security issues, natural disasters, economic development, business and technology disruptions, as well as other global issues affecting the region. This concept extends the growing trend of smart cities developing "digital twin" of the city, allowing stakeholders to access the digital replica of the city -- its assets, people, places, systems and devices.
Cities hope to get insights and a better understanding of the current state, analyse the data captured, and subsequently develop solutions to address city problems, improving the quality of life of the city dwellers, develop a competitive economy with sustainable environment.
The Digitally Twinned Smart Cities concept will facilitate and strengthen collaboration among cities -- by enabling projects to be co-conceptualised, co-developed and jointly owned by ecosystem partners from participating cities.