The future is seeing double, at least where the Internet of Things (IoT) is concerned. According to analysts, making the best use of IoT could demand the use of the digital twin, which is a “digital representation of a physical object which also includes data from the object and the ability to monitor it.” Mark Samuels explains the details in an article for ZDNet.
The idea of digital twins can be applied to virtually anything in the real world, even whole cities. McDermott International, for example, provides a digital twin in the form of a computer model of its oil and gas platform facilities. How do you begin approaching the creation of a digital twin though? Samuels offers this:
The digital twin comes in two layers. The first layer, which is focused on design, is where the firm captures information on every aspect of its facilities. [Akash Khurana, CIO and CDO at McDermott,] says this layer is a crucial platform, where modifications and changes are updated. “You have to make sure that you have a robust and complete footprint of the design,” he says.
The second layer focuses on operations. Here, data from operational assets is brought in and combined with key enterprise applications. Khurana says this foundational process allows his firm to start creating insights into business processes.
Where should you use this in your business? Well, that is up to you to decide. Each industry is going to find its own uses for digital twins, and maturity will develop in some areas ahead of others. Still, now is the time to begin strategic discussions about where you might be able to implement it to create more value.
For further details, you can view the original article here: http://www.zdnet.com/article/internet-of-things-projects-why-your-business-needs-to-build-a-digital-double/