The iNicosia project is a digital twin of the city of Nicosia that consists of an “accurate” (as necessary) 3D model of the city, with representations of actual buildings and monuments (e.g., the walls and the old city), the road network, parking places, various metadata about the environment, possibly traffic lights and their state, street lights, the power grid/water network, vegetation, etc. Such a model would have minimum usability without the inclusion of real-world data; rich time-series data will be collected by various sensors (camera feeds, thermal/humidity/motion sensors, etc.) placed around the city of Nicosia, government open data portal and other private or public initiatives. These data will be geolocated and timestamped, collected, associated and stored alongside the digital twin.
Nicosia is the last divided capital in the world. This gives the potential to the iNicosia project to play a central role in the reunification of the city! Currently the city is divided by a large buffer zone into two parts with different policies and urban developments that happened over the past 47 years. Such a project can help people reunite the city more gracefully by testing and exchanging ideas. Moreover, with the current political status, the two communities can collaborate on other projects, educate each other and exchange stories and ideas.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 739578
This project has received funding from the Government of the Republic of Cyprus through the Deputy Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy.