Digital twins incorporate big data and the Internet of Things, and are far more sophisticated than mere 3D visualizations.
The idea of behind a digital twin is to harness the data and use algorithms for making reasonable projections about the future. For instance, with digital twins around, a Formula 1 race will no longer be just about praying for luck, hiring the bravest driver, or building the fastest car. Today, a car racing in Monaco is beaming data from the umpteen sensors wired on the car. And an analyst sitting in London will be able to study the data collected, analyze it, and relay optimal racing strategies back to the driver. This the analyst does using a sophisticated computer model – the digital twin.
With growing deployment of the Internet of Things (IoTs), the importance of the concept of a digital version of every physical thing has gained momentum. So here’s a list of applications for the digital twins.
- Customer experience: Customers play a key role in influencing the strategies and decisions in any business. The ultimate aim of any organization is to gain and retain a large customer base; and this is means enhancing your customer’s experience A digital twin can help boost the services directly offered to customers. For example, a digital twin could be used for modeling fashions on a visual twin of the customer.
- Performance tuning: A digital twin helps determine the optimal set of actions that can help maximize some of the key performance metrics, and also provide forecasts for long-term planning. For example, the performance of a scientific device, which is deployed on a spacecraft, can be tuned from Earth using digital twin as a 3D real-time visualization.
- Digital machine building: A digital twin can be used as a digital copy of the real machine, created and developed simultaneously. Let’s take the example of a German machine manufacturer that decided to digitally map the packaging and special machinery that it produced for many industries. The data of the real machine was loaded into the digital model before the actual manufacturing began. So a digital twin enables simulation and testing of ideas, even before the actual manufacturing begins.
- Healthcare: A digital twin can help virtualize a hospital system in order to create a safe environment and test the impact of potential changes on system performance. Not just operations, digital twins can also help improve the quality of health services delivered to patients. For example, a surgeon can use a digital twin for a digital visualization of the heart, before operating it.
- Smart cities: A digital twin can be used for capturing the spatial and temporal implications to optimize urban sustainability. For instance, ‘Virtual Singapore’, a part of the Singapore government’s Smart Nation Singapore initiative, is the world’s first digital twin of an existing city-state, providing Singaporeans and effective way to engage in the digital economy.
- Maintenance: A digital twin is capable of analyzing performance data collected over time and under different conditions. For example, with a digital twin, a race car engine can be visualized to identify the required maintenance, such as a component that is about to burn out.
With a digital twin, your business can integrate the insights generated in a system, allow visibility into current and future machine states, and trigger appropriate remedial business workflows.
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