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What is the Digital Twin?

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On Aug. 14, Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy, collapsed killing more than 40 people as dozens of vehicles and tons of concrete and steel plunged onto city streets below in a disaster that prompted an emergency review of Italy’s aging infrastructure. What if we could have prevented that disaster before even taking off?
20 April 2010 the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico collapsed causing the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry known as BP oil spill/leak. What if we could have fixed the drilling rig before even it broke down?
Can machines by time repair itself? Learn from its own mistakes?
Yes, it can, by Digital Twin!

So, what is the Digital Twin?
Digital Twin refers to a digital representation showing in real-time the operation and life cycle of physical assets, processes, people, places, systems, and devices. It can be used for detecting the root cause of issues and improve productivity.
It’s done by hooking smart sensors on an object be it a machine, aircraft or a building to gather data about its real-time status and working condition through internet.

Thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT) connection, it’s possible to retrieve and sends real-time information for analysis, offering many opportunities to enhance product performance or plan the activities of an entire production line.

In short, a Digital Twin is built on the connection of data between the real physical product and the virtual product.

In conclusion, there is no doubt that we are moving to a new world, a world where the business itself is going to be forced to change by a new generation. This is a great opportunity for all of us to rethink the way we do business.

By Amenallah Reghimi

Keywords: AI, Open Innovation, Predictive Analytics

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