Navigating virtual cities

Virtual Singapore Looks Just Like Singapore IRL—But With More Data

More than 5 million people live in Singapore. The densely populated island city-state off southern Malaysia covers 277 square miles and contains more than 4,300 high-rise towers. It’s also one of the most sensor-laden and demographically monitored places on Earth, which makes it an ideal candidate for replication in the virtual world. Along with French software company Dassault Systèmes, the city is creating a data-enriched Virtual Singapore, scheduled to be up and running by the end of the year. Imagine if Google Maps were even more three dimensional and navigable, and imbedded not just with traffic data, but with your local energy agency’s consumption metrics, county’s census numbers, and loads of other information. ….[READ]