The Definition of a Digital Twin

Defining Digital Twin

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.

The foundational elements of the definition are captured in the first sentence: the virtual representation, the real-world entities and processes it represents, and the mechanism by which the virtual and real-world entities are synchronized.

 

Digital Twin Consortium Defines Digital Twin

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Transforming Businesses using Digital Twin

This post expands on this statement in the definition: Digital twin systems transform business by accelerating holistic understanding, optimal decision-making, & effective action.

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A Digital Twin Is....

This webinar provides an opportunity to query the lead authors of this definition, understand how they came to this definition and learn the questions they ask to answer "is this a digital twin?"

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