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What’s a Digital Twin?

by Exosite, on May 2, 2017

Learn how to combine physical and virtual data that will unleash the full potential of your IoT solution in our latest blog series, The Augmented Digital Twin, featuring a variety of topics from our latest white paper of the same name.

The movement towards connecting every device, machine, and sensor to the internet (a.k.a. IoT), takes advantage of two key technologies:

  • Connectivity, which has become increasingly easier with recent advancements in Wi-Fi, cellular, and local wireless technologies
  • Web services, like computing, storage, and networking, which have become a commodity resource and allow easy end-user access to data from embedded devices

Having a network connection to a device is not a new concept, but the advancements made in these technologies have brought about new challenges for companies and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) who have little experience in data. It is relatively easy to connect a device—but what does that actually mean?

It is compelling to regard IoT as a world of silicon and signals, sensors and circuits; as an engineering triumph that transmits once-obscure data to the modern databases and interfaces of our connected world. Indeed, without these technologies, IoT would not be the multi-billion device industry it is today. However, as the end users of IoT shift from early-adopters to mass market, and as hardware and connectivity become commodity assets, the value of IoT must also shift.

This shift in the accessibility of technology and data has given birth to the concept of a digital twin–a virtual representation of a physical device that allows us to gain greater insight by combining both measured physical parameters (e.g., vibration and temperature) and other digital information about the asset (e.g., manufacturing born-on date and maintenance history). This combination of physical and virtual information enables a range of new insights about an asset, including those regarding performance and health, and predictive insights about what may happen in the future.

The digital twin concept moves manufacturers and operators closer to the ultimate goal of selling outcomes (results) instead of products (machines).

In our white paper, we:

  • Demonstrate the concept of a digital twin and how it can transform an IoT solution from connected data into a valuable view of a meaningful asset.
  • Discuss best practices to implement a digital twin model for an IoT solution.
  • Provide a digital twin maturity model that offers a roadmap about how to grow an optimized digital twin over time.

Whether you are working in a legacy environment or leveraging Exosite’s next-generation Murano platform, these concepts and practices will add value and meaning to connected data.

Click below to read the full white paper and understand how you can utilize the digital twin. If you’d like to get started on your IoT solution, reach out or sign up to start connecting your products now.

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