Digital twins: Taking the next digital step
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- Oct 2, 2020 9:15 pm GMTSep 28, 2020 9:22 pm GMT
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The past few years have seen the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) evolve from a theoretical way for operations and plants to become more efficient to a digital reality in the way utilities operate on a day-to-day basis. From equipment monitoring to smart meter applications – and everything in between – sensors, the data they produce, and the smart applications these connected systems enable, have brought numerous benefits to utilities.
These organizations are now looking at how to achieve additional advantages from their sensor-driven operations through digital twins. A virtual copy of a physical building, combining a 3-D model of a facility with the dynamic data needed to show visualizations and analysis, a digital twin provides a decision support tool that leverages real-world data to produce predictions or simulations that enable improved decision making.