Digital Twin technology leader Cityzenith pledges to reverse carbon emissions in our most polluted cities

Cityzenith | September 28, 2020

Cityzenith CEO Michael Jansen has launched a global 'Clean Cities – Clean Future' campaign to help our most polluted urban centres become carbon neutral, by donating the company's Digital Twin platform SmartWorldPro2 to key cities, one at a time. Cities produce more than 70%* of the earth's greenhouse gases, but Jansen says use of cutting-edge data and AI will change this dramatically. Since our inception we have been using these tools to deliver custom climate resilience applications to greenfield cities, real estate developments, and infrastructure projects. "We know the issues and now have the right data aggregation, analysis, and visualization capabilities to help solve them for cities, and those who design, build, and manage them.

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