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What is digital twin?
The most simple definition of a digital twin is an image connected to a physical object by a steady stream of data flowing from sensors, thereby reflecting the real-time status of the object.
The data flow stream connecting the physical and digital is called a digital thread. In some implementations, the digital twin not only reflects the current state, but also stores the historical digital profile of the object.
A digital twin can combine the best of both worlds by presenting to decision-makers in real time the data in an exact visual replica, including information previously not available as easily, such as temperature or internal wear and tear. In fact, a digital twin far enhances the efficiency of the visual bandwidth by removing noncritical information, processing basic information into a format much more easily absorbable, and providing a more flexible (e.g., 360-degree or micro/macro) view of the system.
Read more about digital twins in this blog.