The use of digital twins has grown considerably in recent years
Research published by Altair in September 2022 revealed that 71% of the businesses they surveyed started investing in digital twins in the previous year. With the adoption of this technology, there has been an ongoing discussion around the level of risk digital twins could present from a cyber security perspective.
What are digital twins, and how have they been adopted in business?
At its most basic level, a digital twin is a virtual model of something that currently exists, or is intended to exist in the future. This can encompass a virtual model of a specific place or product but can also be expanded to more abstract things like systems or processes. Using a digital twin allows users to simulate a process and monitor its progress before it is deployed in the real world.
There are a few areas where this technology has allowed for modelling across different industries, including the following;
- Predictive maintenance for manufacturing equipment
- Real-time monitoring of supply chain operations
- Optimisation of energy usage in buildings
- Architects modelling of both small and large-scale building projects
- Simulation of production processes for improved efficiency
This list merely scratches the surface of the potential application of digital twins. Still, their benefits allow for the modelling of environments that don’t exist yet, reduced downtime, improved productivity, and increased safety.