DISC, a Data driven Interactive Smart City decision support toolkit, is a collaborative project involving Birmingham City University, Birmingham City Council's Digital Birmingham, Urbanetic, Redpill Group and Future Cities Catapult.
DISC aims to simplify complex decision making, informing policy and strategic service developments using unified data, and state of the art simulation and modelling. DISC uses a physical and digital layer. The physical layer is modelled using Lego bricks and the digital layer consists of data infrastructure, intelligent capability and 3D visualisation. The data infrastructure will capture various types of data sources including open data, sensor, GIS, planning and services data sets. The data is consumed by the system through its intelligent layer using advanced machine learning, AI (artificial intelligence) and analytical capabilities to apply behaviour models on data sets and represent the outcome in 3D visualisation models, showing the impact created through analytics.
DISC will also project new behaviour patterns on the physical structure. The interactivity between the physical and digital layer is monitored through a camera. Users interact with the system through its physical structure, by moving the Lego bricks, this will trigger the camera to recognise the changes being made and re-configure the 3D model and the analytical statistics to represent the impact generated. The system also has the capability to learn from user interaction with the toolkit and, over time, inherit various environmental, live-ability, infrastructure, economical and energy models, which are proven to drive prosperity and economical impact for citizens, businesses and city regions.
In summary, in the revolutionary age of industry 4.0, the DISC toolkit provides unique holistic digital creativity for the planning industry and the ability to forecast regeneration impacts pre and post implementation.
Click and read on for an excellent review of Project DISC at Traffex 2017 by Urban Dynamics Lab