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Understanding Resiliency: What It Means to be a Resilient City and Tools to Support

The whitepaper “Understanding Resiliency: What It Means to be a Resilient City and Tools to Support’ provides an analysis on the necessity for resiliency strategies and the challenges of implementing resiliency. Additionally it presents existent digital tools to support cities and territories to build more resilient, sustainable and safe places to live.

The paper is focused on the following questions :

  • What is resiliency and what challenges does it bring?
  • What does it take to become a more resilient city?
  • Why is it important to implement resiliency initiatives to tackle cities’ current and future challenges ?
  • What solutions exist to anticipate, prevent, react to and rebound from the more and more numerous risks cities are facing ?

This white paper provides an enhanced discussion around why resiliency is required and key elements of resiliency in a city, territory or similar ecosystem. These elements include the definition of a resiliency/resilient cities, describe resilience challenges and highlight tools designed to implement resilient solutions and more.  

The paper focuses on the analysis of 2 tools:  

  • Digital Twins for Territorial Resilience Planning and  
  • a Real-Time Hypervision Platform for Urban Resiliency

According to the authors, having a well-designed, comprehensive urban resilience management solution is mandatory for every city to enable every citizen to live well, safely and connected in a city in the face of environmental disasters, pandemics, terrorist and cyber-security threats, and chronic internal issues. They underline that having comprehensive solutions, relying on public/private collaboration, leveraging the latest technologies and allowing infrastructure optimization is mandatory to allow better anticipation, prevention and management of risks.  

This paper understands resiliency as only one key element of a comprehensive plan for a smart territory’ s ecosystem. It is highlighted that cities and territories need to understand, define and support resiliency initiatives via an integrated approach as the different measures and projects across the territory’ s ecosystem will invariably have mutual interdependencies. As technology plays a major role in the building of more resilient cities, the redesign of some organizations, promotion of sustainable processes, development of innovation and collaboration between all stakeholders are considered necessary.

You can find the paper here.