What is a digital twin?

What is a digital twin?

It’s always exciting to hear about the mirror world, isn’t it?

For those who don’t know about it, a mirror world has everything opposite of what is present in the real world.

For example – if you have any broken object in the real world, the same object will be perfectly fine in the mirror world.

Now we don’t know if the mirror world exists or not, but Digital twins do exist.

Perplexed? Don’t worry, we have got you covered with what exactly it is along with top use cases of the same.

What is meant by “Digital twins”?

The digital twin is a digital representation of a real-world object. It shows how the asset/property looks digitally and helps us think about the appropriate changes to be made to avoid any faults which further leads us to perfection.

To be considerate, a digital twin is a virtual representation of an actual or intended object, product, process or system, which typically is its counterpart. A digital twin is created for testing, identifying faults, working on its solution and monitoring the same.

There are four types of digital twins:

  • Component twins - The most basic twin which represents a part of a product/system such as a 'gear'
  • Asset twins - It is a type of digital twin that represents assets/objects such as a building, vehicle or machine.
  • System twins - This twin represents the entire system/ process and allows the organization to locate any faults/errors and find solutions for the same.
  • Process twins - it helps an organization to identify consumer behaviour towards their products/services. It keeps track of the entire consumer journey. This provides room for improvement in user experience.

Example of how the technology of digital twin is applied –

Say, there’s a huge area having skyscraper buildings all around. A lot of damage results every year during the monsoon season. The quality of cement used is appropriate, but due to the winds hitting the topmost part of the building regularly, it becomes weak over time.

Creating a digital twin of the skyscraper can give a detailed insight into all the problems associated with it including but not limited to the damages caused every year, leakage problems, drainage systems, pipeline settings and more.

This can further help us discover and solve the problems digitally, and then apply the same in reality.

This facilitates in reduction of cost, time and human energy.

The digital twin uses various technologies to create and form a digital object, asset, process or system. The technology it uses consists of the Internet, Machine learning and Artificial intelligence.

What are the Advantages of using digital twins?

  1. Efficient results – Digital twin tech helps in locating problems immediately and finding different solutions. The most appropriate solution can be applied in the real world.
  2. Time saver – Earlier, every problem was either left unsolved as there was no solution available or would be solved after years of research and effort. The digital twin is a process which gives real-time solutions along with value addition for the same asset.
  3. Futuristic approach – Digital twin benefits in looking for probable difficulties in a physical asset. It can be used to locate problems which might arise shortly and brainstorm different ideas to resolve them.

Top cases and industries where Digital twin technology is applied –

  1. Healthcare – Digital twin technology can be used in presenting the entire entity digitally including digital labs. It can be used to make digital twins of a patient’s body and test specific treatments to know what works and what doesn’t.
  2. Automobile –Digital twin tech is highly used in this industry as prototypes of vehicles can be created virtually different tests can be conducted on the same. This encounters different problems and realizes versatile solutions.
  3. Construction –Ventilation is often a problem for residents. When we create a digital twin of an existing office, apartment or independent house, we can easily figure out the areas where sufficient ventilation can be provided. Along with it, problems relating to leakage, earthing and flooring can also be resolved quickly.
  4. Manufacturing and Production – Startup founders, entrepreneurs and investors are functioning at ease because of digital twin tech. The digital twin of a prototype can be created, which can further be used for presentations. Any possible doubt or conflict of the audience can be answered in real-time while locating the problems virtually.

5.   Administration – Digital twin benefits the administrative sector in various spheres including infrastructure. Departments of Government can now easily use this technology to develop a strategy for how vehicles, public transportation, and people, in general, will move. How much space is required and where can other political departments be established? It also helps in knowing a particular area completely, facilitating the development of rural areas.

The list of industries is not exhaustive. There are many other spheres where it is used in the real world. With this, we have come to the most interesting part of the blog which is statistics and facts about the same – According to MarketsandMarkets, the digital twin market is expected to grow upto$35.8 billion by 2025.

(Source: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/digital-twin-market-worth-35-8-billion-by-2025--exclusive-report-by-marketsandmarkets-300892156.html)

The tremendous growth in the Digital Twin Market marks the beginning of new realities.

It has already made its place in almost every industry. The technology of Digital Twin is here to stay and we will witness and become a part of this technology in the upcoming years.

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

— John F. Kennedy

Digital twins, Metaverse, Real-time 3D and other such technologies are the future.

Get excited to make the 'virtual world' - the 'New Normal'.

Accept new technologies, learn how to use them, and master the art of Digital twins.