Converging technologies

Converging Technologies: shaping the future with Digital Twins

In an era of rapid technological advancements and societal complexities, we are pioneering the convergence of digital technologies with insights from the humanities to address pressing social challenges.

This innovative approach, known as digital twins, holds immense potential to transform the way we understand, plan, and manage our communities, paving the way for a more sustainable, inclusive, and equitable future.

Empowering a Digitally Converged Society

We are pioneering the convergence of digital technologies with insights to address social challenges in a borderless physical and digital world.

We have a wide range of advanced capabilities, including Social Digital Twins, Human-Centric AI, Distributed AI and Sustainability-Empowered Technologies. We aim to create a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable society, where technology empowers individuals and communities to thrive.

Digital Twins: a paradigm shift

Traditionally, digital twins have been employed primarily for simulating and optimising the performance of physical systems, such as factories or transportation networks. However, Fujitsu is now extending the concept of digital twins to encompass the social realm, creating a comprehensive digital representation of societies, cities, and regions.

This groundbreaking approach, known as social digital twins, enables us to:

  • Model and understand the complex dynamics of social systems
  • Predict the impact of different policies and interventions
  • Optimise resource allocation and decision-making
  • Foster innovation and collaboration

Harnessing the Power of Data

The foundation of digital twins lies in the meticulous collection, aggregation, and analysis of vast amounts of data. This data, drawn from a spectrum of sources including sensors, social media, government databases, academic research, and public surveys, provides a rich tapestry of insights into the social fabric. By weaving this data into a comprehensive digital model, social digital twins create a living portrait of society, enabling us to:

  • Monitor trends and patterns in population, demographics, and social behavior
  • Identify emerging issues and potential risks
  • Track the impact of interventions and policies
  • Enhance our understanding of social interactions and dynamics

Jason Shepherd, Digital Twin Director, of The Centre for Cognitive and Advanced Technologies, provides an overview of the Centre’s Digital Twin programme, discussing the purpose and value of the initiative.

Bridging the Gap Between Physical and Digital Worlds

Digital twins bridge the gap between the physical and digital worlds, empowering us to visualize, simulate, and optimize social systems in real-time. This capability is particularly valuable in addressing challenges such as:

  • Urban planning and development: Social digital twins can inform the planning of sustainable and resilient cities, optimizing infrastructure, transportation, and public services.
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation: By modeling the impact of climate change on cities and regions, social digital twins can inform adaptation strategies and resource allocation.
  • Public health and safety: Social digital twins can facilitate the tracking and prediction of epidemics, enabling targeted interventions and public health measures.
  • Education and employment: Social digital twins can analyze labor market trends and educational outcomes, informing policies to support workforce development and skills training.
  • Social inclusion: Social digital twins can identify and address social inequalities, ensuring that opportunities and resources are distributed equitably across communities.
Digital twinning

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Digital twins and public policy

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Digital twins and sustainability

Digital twins and sustainability

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Social digital twins: a paradigm shift

Influencing societal behaviour to tackle complex social challenges, like reducing carbon emissions, could have a huge impact in the future.

Customer stories

We are actively collaborating with cities, regions, and businesses around the world to apply social digital twins to address real-world challenges.

Kawasaki City, Japan

Kawasaki City, Japan

Fujitsu and Kawasaki City are working on a social digital twin that integrates data from various sectors, including economy, society, and environment, to support sustainable development and the fulfillment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ​

Carnegie Mellon University, USA​

Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Fujitsu and Carnegie Mellon University are collaborating on projects to enhance traffic flow prediction and pedestrian behavior modeling.

Stuttgart, Germany​

Stuttgart, Germany

Fujitsu is partnering with Hexagon to implement an urban digital twin platform for Stuttgart, analyzing data from IoT sensors to optimize traffic flow, energy consumption, and waste management.

Fujitsu's commitment to converging technologies, particularly digital twins, is shaping the future of social planning and governance. By harnessing the power of data, bridging the physical and digital realms, and fostering collaboration, we can create more resilient, inclusive, and equitable societies for all. As we navigate the complexities of the 21st century, digital twins offer a powerful tool to shape a brighter future for our communities.

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