A digital twin is a virtual device that contains the exact state, information, and organization of the physical device to which it is connected. Think of it as a test version before proceeding with product development or interacting with a real-world device. Digital twins go hand-in-hand with implementing the Internet of Things (IoT).
Industrial companies can simulate production systems and experiment with them by creating models using precise real-time data, for example. Digital twin technology can support a wide range of other business objectives Facebook, uses digital user twins to simulate user behavior for target marketing.
Other Definitions of Digital Twins Include:
- “A representation of an organization’s physical assets that help to illustrate its business operating model from end-to-end.” (Mighael Botha)
- “A computer program that takes real-world data about a physical object or system as inputs and produces as outputs predications or simulations of how that physical object or system will be affected by those inputs.” (Network World)
- “A virtual model of a process, product or service.” (Forbes)
Digital Twin Use Cases Include
- Testing the effectiveness of generating power through a wind blade.
- Predicting where a product may break down to mitigate those risks.
- Managing a customers experience and create new revenue models.
- Improving the durability of pharmaceuticals.
- Managing the city of Singapore.
Businesses use Digital Twins to:
- Pursue industrial IoT automation.
- Simulate and visualize 3D designs
- Back-up and unify systems and other fundamental IT operations
- Proactively predict machine maintenance issues
- Conduct virtual-reality employee training
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