Cityzenith Receives Green Light for Orlando Sports & Entertainment District’s $ 500M Digital Twin Project


A groundbreaking digital twin project from Cityzenith is promoting, optimizing and future-proofing the ambitious $ 500 million Orlando Sports & Entertainment Smart District (OS + ED), which aims to attract the millions of annual Florida visitors to the hotspot to bring in the city center.

Orlando Sports & Entertainment District (Image by Baker Barrios Architects Inc)

The confirmation follows a commercial agreement with SISCO, the technology provider for the project, and concludes terms with Cityzenith (CZ) and project owners OS + ED Dev Corp to build CZ’s award-winning SmartWorldPro2 ™ digital twin platform for the first time in a mega-project to implement in the United States.

SmartWorldPro2 Integrates all software and services used by anyone who designs, creates and manages complex large-scale construction projects, real estate and real estate portfolios.

The OS + ED is planned across from the Amway Center in downtown Orlando, where the Orlando Magic plays basketball. It includes a 300-room hotel, 420,000 square feet of office space, 80,000 square feet of event space, and more than 100,000 square feet of retail space and an open-air space.

It will be a fully interconnected smart district using the latest IoT, digital twin and AI technologies to transform the four block urban core west of the I-4 highway.

Michael Jansen, CEO of Cityzenith, said: “I am very excited to sign with SISCO to launch the visionary OS + ED project. Efforts are underway to develop a high resolution 3D digital twin model of the core project site, the 130 acre OS + ED Smart District site and the surrounding neighborhood that will encompass most of Orlando. The result will be the most advanced and feature-rich 3D digital twin model of a city in the United States.

“It is our first major project of this scale in America and will show how SmartWorldPro2 ™ can be integrated with IoT, artificial intelligence, smart building and other SISCO technologies to create a comprehensive digital twin-enabled, Smart Connected Community Integrated – Provide operating system (SCCiOS) for large builders and operators. “

Job # 1 for SCCiOS will attract renters and visitors to downtown Orlando for a 3D experience that offers an unprecedented wealth of information and connected services. The pioneering work could also unlock additional contracts for Cityzenith for other SISCO projects with a total volume of up to USD 1,000,000 by the end of 2021.

Phil Tinsley, CEO of OS + ED Dev Corp, said, “The project is a highly programmed, high-equipment development with residents, visitors and tenants Living-as-a-Service ™ (LaaSTM) as the first bundled entertainment program, ticketing, experience. Hospitality, housing, transportation, food and drink, wellness, and care platform in the United States.

“We selected Cityzenith’s SmartWorldPro2 digital twin to best demonstrate and bring this data-rich experience to life. We are excited to be the first major US user.”

Tinsley predicted that tenants and local residents would especially love the easy-to-use “single-pane-of-glass” software platform, giving them access to all the information they need, when they need it, adding:

“With the unique functions of SmartWorldPro2, a virtual online 3D tour is first created like no other. A video game-like experience where visitors navigate to and click items in a lifelike 3D OS + ED model to view event times, retail offers, parking availability and even the view from their hotel rooms or stadium seats. “

Michael Jansen added: “OS + ED is top-class, forward-looking and transformative. The contract is a great victory for us and at the same time strengthens our mission “Clean Cities – Clean Future” from Cityzenith.

“Currently, 10,000 cities cause 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions and only 100 – large cities like New York, Tokyo, London and Paris – 25% of those total emissions.

“It has to change, and SmartWorldPro2 ™ ‘s ability to digitally partner cities to capture greenhouse gas emissions and streamline sustainable urban regeneration initiatives makes it the platform of choice for conducting energy transition projects of all sizes, be it a district, a campus or a city or an entire country.

“Please join us on our journey and keep an eye out for more updates as SmartWorldPro2 ™ is on the way to cleanse and liberate our cities for a better future.”

Cityzenith started its crowdfunding investment round under Regulation A + last month

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About Cityzenith

Cityzenith is based in Chicago with offices in London and New Delhi. The company’s SmartWorldPro2 ™ digital twin platform is designed for anyone designing, building and managing complex large-scale construction projects, real estate and real estate portfolios.

Cityzenith Chairman & CEO Michael Jansen

A passionate architect, urbanist and entrepreneur, Michael has founded and led high-growth companies in the US and Asia for more than two decades.

After studying architecture at Yale and Cambridge and receiving a Fulbright scholarship, he worked for several years as an architect in India and China and headed the Asian offices of two large international US architecture firms.

In 2004 Michael founded a large BIM services company in India, supported by Sequoia Capital, which has grown to over 500 employees in just four years. In 2010 Michael took the helm at Cityzenith as CEO and began a personal mission to revolutionize the way we use data to transform the global built environment.

Michael has been featured on CNN, CNBC, the BBC, as well as in major corporate, government and AEC publications worldwide, and has received multiple awards for his work, including Building Design + Construction’s “40 Under 40” award. In 2014 Michael was honored as Young Leader of the World Cities Summit in Singapore for his lifelong contribution to improving sustainability and the quality of life in cities. In 2019 he received a Chicago Innovation Award for his company’s pioneering work in the digital twin arena.

As a husband and father of three, Michael speaks Chinese and Hindi, has traveled to over 90 countries, swims a lot, reads more political and scientific news than he should, and plays the guitar

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