A digital twin is a technically exact, virtual replica of an object, process, or system “twinned” to its counterpart in the real world through data and information feeds.
Digital twins have opened the door to the advanced integration, analysis, and visualization of the hundreds or potentially millions of disparate data streams that make up the world around us. For an enormous breadth of missions, industries, and applications—from exploring deep space, to ensuring national security, to replicating a human body, a busy airport, or an entire city—the possibilities for using digital twins are emerging at high velocity.
This primer will get you up to speed. After reading it, you will be able to:
- Explain what a digital twin is
- Understand the value of digital twin solutions across industries
- Speak to what the future of digital twins looks like, and
- Understand considerations and approaches for bringing digital twins to your own organization.