What is ‘digital twin’ technology?

Posted by Lucy Woods


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Posted by Lucy Woods | 5 replies
  • Roughly speaking a digital twin is a virtual model that duplicates a physical entity (a bridge, a farm, a device, an infrastructure) - something similar to what we use as an emulator in telecom but more complete and closer to the physical duplicate. With AI and data in place, digital twin can leverage real data on a virtual model and operate it as if it is the physical one, to test service deployment or prevent fault, for example. Digital twin can be widely used in construction, health care, IIoT... IET has a recent issue focusing on the digital twin technology and the ideas there are fascinating. 

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    • We are interested and active in Digital Twin for remote health monitoring applications:
      Organisation's name: rcm2 limited

      Proposal area of focus

      Remote low-cost health monitoring systems using 5G

      What rcm2 can offer to a consortium?

      -IoT 5G-Compatible communication devices 
      -Multi-sensor fusion for remote health monitoring including integration of video & audio & sensors (temperature, other physical parameters)

      What capabilities/skills your require from partners?

      -Complementary skills and capabilities, route to market 

      Contact details:  Dr Saeed Fararooy,, +44 77 66 00 30 34

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  • Jo O'Riordan
    Head of Spectrum Policy Forum and Telecoms

    techUK have started to do a monthly podcast and this months topic is on Digital Twins. It is presented by Matthew Evans, Director of Market Programmes at techUK, and focuses on the technologies behind and possibilities for digital twins. It considers what a national ‘Brit-twin’ would deliver and talk to Peter van Manen at Frazer-Nash, Sarah Hayes at the National Infrastructure Commission, Kevin Reeves at Costain, David Cuckow from the BSI and Mattheiu Francoz at Dassault Systemes about how we can get there.

    It's free to access and I hope you find it informative.

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  • michael blinch
    Sales Dev Rep - EMEA

    ·            As networks become virtualized, disaggregated and sliced with capacity and processes being dynamically allocated from the core to the edge attempting to plan, model and optimize becomes a complex and costly challenge.  The “5G Network Digital Twin” is an emulated software replica of the physical network allowing continuous testing, configuring, optimizing and what-if scenarios to efficiently and proactively model, validate and assure the living network.   ​

    ·            Digital Twins are not a new concept and have been used in aeronautics, manufacturing and building design to help simulate complex systems. ​

    ·            As 5G moves us from being a physical network to a living system it is time to embrace the Digital Twin to transform CSPs operational cycles and enable future 5G industries: ​

    ·  Industry 4.0 Smart Factories to help model mission critical and ultra-reliable communication scenarios across the factory floor. ​

    ·  Automotive to help simulate future C-V2X & CAV uses cases enabling virtual drive testing reducing the physical mileage driven on roads and test tracks.​

    ·  Government/Uni research facilities to provide “mega” capacity 5G test beds to prototype the future and security of digital economies

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  • md alex

    digital twin is a visualising process  . which duplicates a physical entity

    it is very complicated and very hekpful to create a new future

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  • Tristram Roberts-Tolliday
    Creative Technologist

    Hi Lucy,

    I have actually written an article to answer this exact question:

    Hope that helps!



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