Bentley Systems, Microsoft join hands for new smart city solutions

Bentley Systems, a major provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, has joined hands with Microsoft for a strategic alliance focused on advancing infrastructure for smart city urban planning and smart construction.

Bentley Systems, a leader in engineering software for professionals to design, build, operate and maintain critical infrastructure such as road and rail networks, and public works and utilities, will collaborate with Microsoft to develop new smart city solutions. 
The alliance will see the combination of Microsoft’s Azure IoT Digital Twins and Azure Maps with Bentley Systems’ iTwins platform, enable engineers, architects, constructors and city planners to work within a comprehensive city-scale digital twin, empowering better decision-making, optimizing operational efficiency, reducing costs and improving collaboration.  
As part of the deal, the duo will explore opportunities for digital twins in urban planning and citizen engagement for cities around the world. 
The collaboration will enable improved decision-making and increased productivity through Microsoft Teams for infrastructure engineers.  
"At Bentley we believe that infrastructure digital twins can empower engineers, constructors and owner-operators to design, build and operate infrastructure assets that are more cost-effective, more resilient and more sustainable," remarked its CEO Greg Bentley. 
"With Azure as the foundation of our cloud services, our offerings are more broadly scaled and differentiated by the further integrations of Microsoft technologies. We are excited to extend our partnership to bring new digital twin advances to infrastructure engineering organizations and their constituents," he added. 
Casey McGee, the VP (Partner Development) US One Commercial Partner at Microsoft, said: "With Azure IoT, Azure Digital Twins and Bentley’s iTwins platform, the world’s infrastructure - vital to our economies and environment - stands to gain so much by enabling people to create comprehensive digital models of an entire environment."
“Our expanded strategic alliance with Bentley Systems opens up new opportunities for innovation and will accelerate the benefits of digital twins for infrastructure engineering organizations and, more broadly, society at large,” he added.
Citing the example of Ireland's capital Dublin, Bentley said the city that boasts a population of more than 1.2 million, is working with the group to develop a large-scale digital twin as part of its planning efforts. 
"To overcome the challenges of getting public review and comment for new development projects in Dublin during the pandemic, we turned to Microsoft and Bentley to create an interactive virtual environment to ensure our citizens could provide their input from the safety of their homes and keep the development projects on track," remarked Jamie Cudden, smart city program manager at Dublin City Council. 
"The impact of the pandemic has forced cities like Dublin to accelerate their digital transformation journeys. Working with Microsoft and Bentley we are reimagining how interactive virtual environments and digital twins can support citizens to engage from the safety of their own home on new development projects in their local communities," noted Cudden. 
"Working with these technology partners, we are building an adaptable and scalable solution based on Microsoft Teams and Bentley’s OpenCities Planner that will set the standard for the future of planning and public engagement in cities," he added.-TradeArabia News Service