What is a Digital Twin?
A digital twin is a virtual representation of an asset, building or environment that not only represents the geometry but the interactions, process and systems that allow it to function. This includes relationships between people, places and devices.
Digital Twins are not a new concept they have been used by NASA for over 60 years evolving from physical twins used to test space craft.
However, we are now at an inflection point where the availability of IoT sensors and the intelligent edge make it possible to harness multiple realtime time data feeds to help gather insight and make evidence based decisions. Combined with artificial intelligence and digital dashboards asset managers can now move from reactive operations to predictive and proactive running of complex facilities.