First of all, it is important to correctly set the distinctions that describe each concept in its entirety. Internet of Things (IoT) defines hundreds of millions of devices that can be connected and controlled via the internet. For instance, house lights that can be turned on through your phone via Bluetooth connection are considered as IoT. This concept essentially involves every single device that is either connected or could be connected to the Internet and controlled that way.
On the other hand, digital twin is a virtual replica of an object, system, process, product or service that is digitalized and put on a simulation platform. Digital Twinning, is called a process that involves creating and building a reality-based entity on an online platform. Unlike Internet of Things that must meet the criteria of being able to connect to the Internet and be controlled, a virtual twin can be anything you can imagine. Moreover, this concept doesn’t necessarily have to be an object because “twinning” can involve replicating a system, process or anything else that is intangible but crucial for business.
Now that we can fully distinguish the concept of virtual twin and Internet of Things (all devices that are connected or are able to be connected and controlled via the internet) we can now discuss the final concept that connects these two things together – Digital Thread. This concept entails a technology by which data and information can travel between IoT devices and the virtual simulation platform. This core idea was crucial and necessary to implement because, in order for these two technologies to cooperate successfully, a fast-acting method of information transferring needed to be introduced. By using the virtual thread, IoT devices can be simulated via their platforms and the data that is needed to simulate a device properly, as well as simulate it in the future, the data transferring technology which we just talked about makes all of this happen.
If you want to incorporate IoT and Digital Twin technologies into your business and use them in successful harmony, you should consider attending our event on comparing IoT and Digital Twin – see seminar details. For an IoT-based simulation to work successfully, data transferring must be enabled. If your business manages to use all 3 technologies together, the development, research, and future product simulation opportunities are limitless and the costly obstacles of physically executing product development campaigns in real life are history.
The Internet of Things generation of technology will impact all industries across the globe. Challenge Advisory encourages you to join the revolution by attending our event where industry leaders will join forces to mastermind on this subject – visit our workshop page here.