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Understanding a Digital Twin: Uses and How it Works

Updated: May 5


What is a Digital Twin?

A digital twin is a computerized version of a physical object, space, or system. Computer software that generates a virtual replica of a real-life item makes it easy to visualize what a finished product, building, or complex system would look like and/or how it would respond to various conditions. 


How Does a Digital Twin Work?

Digital twins are built by data science experts or computer engineers who are able to create a mathematical model that simulates a physical object. The digital twin is set up to receive input from IoT sensors that collect data from its real-word counterpart. Users can then interact and engage with the digital twin in order to see how it responds to certain actions and scenarios. 


Digital twins can range from the simple to the complex, with the more data provided the more accurate the representation. 


Digital Twin Use Cases

Digital twins are used in a growing number of industries and applications, including:


  • Manufacturing - digital twins of factory floors are used to simulate the assembly line process and identify areas for improvement.

  • Healthcare - digital twins of hospital departments are used to improve efficiency and test ways to offer more personalized care.

  • Retail - digital twins are used to simulate customer behavior in different situations, such as to test different types of store layouts. 


Digital Twins and RTLS 

Combining digital twins with RTLS technologies can be extremely powerful. RTLS adds a new level of insight to the information provided by a digital twin. For example, if a warehouse manager  uses RTLS to keep track of pallets of inventory as they move around the warehouse in real time, they can also create a digital twin of the warehouse and easily simulate different scenarios in order to ensure that inventory gets where it needs to go in the most efficient way.. 


Benefits of Digital Twins

The main benefit of a digital twin is the improved access to data in an efficient and cost effective way. Rather than testing different scenarios in “real-life” which will likely come with a financial cost and can take a long time, many different scenarios can be tested virtually in a short period of time for a much lower cost. 


In addition, planning products using digital twins from the beginning means being able to make better design decisions, reducing the risk of defects and creating higher quality products. 


How Deeyook Can Help 


For a digital twin to be effective, the exact location of the physical item must be known. Without this information, the digital model will only have a vague resolution, and to obtain a high resolution model it’s imperative to know exactly where each asset is located as well as its position relative to other assets.


Deeyook can provide this information at the highest level of accuracy, ensuring that a digital twin achieves its maximum efficiency.


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