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What is a Digital Twin (DT) technology?

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Digital Twin

What is a Digital Twin (DT) technology?

The simplest definition of a DT technology is an image connected to a physical object by a steady stream of data flowing from sensors, and reflecting the real-time status of the thing.

The data flow stream—connecting the physical and the digital—is called a digital thread. In some implementations, the DT not only reflects the current state and but also stores the historical digital thread profile of the object.

A DT technology 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. DT technology enhances the efficiency of the optical bandwidth by removing non-critical information, processing basic information into a format much more easily absorbable, and providing a more flexible (360-degree or micro/macro) view of the system.

Read more about digital twins in this blog.