Definition of a Digital Twin

Defining Digital Twin

Our consensus-driven definition unifies an emerging industry and speeds our members' time to market

On December 3, 2020, to establish a foundation for future progress, the Digital Twin Consortium released the following 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.

This initiative:

  • Provides a foundation for an emerging marketplace
  • Accelerates digital twin adoption
  • Encourages collaboration
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