OMG Digital Twin Definition Announced

It’s an exciting day for the team at Slingshot. Over last few months we’ve been actively supporting, on an almost daily basis, the OMG Digital Twin Consortium to define, revise, and refine a definition of a Digital Twin. Finally today it’s been published at IoT World Congress. You can watch the panel discussion here.

So what’s the definition?

A digital twin is a virtual representation of real-world entities and processes, synchronized at a specified frequency and fidelity. 

  • Digital twin systems transform business by accelerating holistic understanding, optimal decision-making, and effective action.
  • Digital twins use real-time and historical data to represent the past and present and simulate predicted futures.
  • Digital twins are motivated by outcomes, tailored to use cases, powered by integration, built on data, guided by domain knowledge, and implemented in IT/OT systems.

What does that mean?

Take a look at our previous blog Digital Twins for Beginners but in summary it is:

A digital environment/representation that reflects on, mirrors, and evolves ahead of the physical environment.

Sophie McKee, Creative Director, Slingshot Simulations

You put information into it – choose how you want to see that information – press play and see the results. It is then updated as the real world changes. It is a way of using data to map out different scenarios visually without being overwhelmed by numbers. And also a way to effect rapid change on the real world through control systems or human descision making. It has the potential to be organic – the more information you feed it, the Digital Twin will keep evolving and growing and adjusting.