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Digital Siblings: The IoT Asset

by Exosite, on May 9, 2017

As an industrial IoT platform provider, we have the history and know-how to illuminate the path to connected-product deployment. One of the recurrent terms that you’ll encounter when developing an IoT project is “digital twin.” This week, Exosite’s Augmented Digital Twin Blog Series covers the IoT asset itself.

Implied in the term digital twin is the existence of a sibling; an object, asset, or thing that is being transmitted and replicated into a digital representation. In order to begin an exploration of the digital twin, it is important to first understand this sibling.

To begin, imagine condition-monitoring sensors installed on a factory air-compressor system; with the exception of signal strength or battery status, the state of the sensor or measurement device is immaterial. The sensor exists primarily to describe the condition of a specific subpart of the asset, such as the temperature of a compressor line.

The “thing” we care about is not the wireless-capable thermocouple or the temperature of the compressor line in particular, but rather the holistic integrity and health of the air-compressor system itself. This “thing” is the asset, the sibling, which is the target of a digital twin. Throughout the rest of our blog series, the term “asset” will be used to reference the physical thing being modeled.

Next week, we’ll be covering:

  • Observing a non-connected asset
  • Local monitoring
  • First-generation IoT

Stay tuned!

Of course, if you’d like to learn more about the digital twin, click below and fill out the form. In case you’d like to get started on connecting your products, sign up for a free trial of our enterprise IoT platform, Murano.

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