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What is Digital Twin Technology?

What is Digital Twin Technology?

Industry 4.0 refers to the fourth industrial revolution. It includes the further development of manufacturing automation and industrial processes and practices using smart technology.

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Machine to Machine communication (M2M) are integrated to automate tasks, improve communication and self-monitor. Digital Twin technology plays a major role in reducing human intervention, remote analysis of infrastructure and problem diagnosis to optimize business performance.

Digital twin technology

Digital Twins enable the visualization of infrastructure assets across the entire lifecycle, tracking change and performing analysis to optimize performance via a dynamic 2D or 3D mathematical software model. A digital representation of a physical object or system also allows a wide scope of scenarios or faults to be simulated. Buildings, factories and cities can be monitored and their status analyzed. The Twin is constructed so that it receives input from sensors gathering data from a real-world counterpart. This allows the Twin to simulate the physical object in real-time, offering insights into performance and identifying potential issues. NASA originally implemented the idea, building full-scale mockups of space capsules on the ground to mirror and diagnose problems in orbit.

Digital Twins in industry

In industry, the use of Digital Twins ranges from designing and testing complex objects before physical production, to their use in automotive manufacturing, healthcare and efficient IIoT deployment. Cars are increasingly fitted with telemetry sensors and autonomous vehicles will soon hit the road in increasing numbers. Speed to market for new models with reduced defects is of key value to manufacturers. A patient’s Digital Twin can be monitored for wellbeing using discreet sensors on the patient, looking for signs of health deterioration. IIoT sensors can be strategically located, monitored and adjusted to benefit businesses on large and smaller scales. Simulated scenarios can be run to understand and mitigate potential outcomes for maintenance and safety purposes.

As energy utility companies see the value and gradually adopt Digital Twins, CNIguard is integrating its edge sensoring systems and SensorView™ platform into this emerging technology.

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Jim Darroch
Jim Darroch
VP Software & Engineering

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Jim is a software development executive with 30 years’ experience in designing software and data solutions for Data/Telecoms, Industrial and IoT markets – with an emphasis on reliability, high availability, safety, and security. He has experience in building and leading software teams on a global scale for multiple large corporations (notably HP, Emerson and Honeywell) as well as several small/start-ups; establishing teams to quickly deliver innovative Software solutions.  Jim holds a B.Sc. with First Class Honours in Computer Science from Strathclyde University.
Stephen Rose
Stephen Rose
Chief Financial Officer

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30 years qualified accountant with industry based board level experience in the UK, Europe and China. Stephen is a commercially focused accountant having been group financial director for Eaglemoss Publications, an international publishing group for over 20 years. Other roles include management accountant for Porcelanosa and a consultancy role for fashion group, Jumper Retail.
Chris Quire
Chris Quire
Chief Executive Officer

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Chris is an engineer and technology executive with over 30 years of global experience in designing, manufacturing, deploying, and supporting wireless solutions in the utility and consumer electronics sectors. He was previously with Landis+Gyr and Comverge, after starting his career with Panasonic. Chris holds a MBA from Georgia State and a BEE from the Georgia Tech, as well as two patents.
Dr. Edward Klinger
Dr. Edward Klinger
Founder & Chief Strategy Officer

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Edward is an engineer with 35 years experience in creating, building and running global technology companies. He is founder of CNIguard which manufactures ruggedized sensoring systems for critical infrastructure including water, electricity, transport, oil & gas, and defense sectors. Previously he was with PwC, Perot Systems, and Pratt & Whitney, and an Adjunct Professor at McGill University. Edward holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from McGill and an MBA from Wharton.

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