Digital Twins for Buildings, Cities, and Society
In a lightening presentation session offered to the top students of Polytechnical Universities of Milan and Turin in Italy, a director from PTC and a manager from Oracle present their vision of the industrial applications of Digital Twins.
Digital twins is about connecting and reflecting physical and digital worlds.
Digital Twin in the COVID-19 era
Fabrizio Ferro, Presales Director at PTC.
Today we have a huge challenge to face, with the restart of the economy after and during the Coronavirus pandemic.
We need to enable workers in any field to go back to work in a safe environment. We need an augmented worker, that can exploit and benefit from all the data our body is producing. Plenty of new technologies can help in that. But we need to be careful in implementing technological solutions. A well known rule says.
NT + OO = EOO
New technology plus Old Organization, only creates Expensive Old Organization.
We need a complete rethinking of people, products, and processes. Only in that case, we can integrate properly the new technologies (IoT, wearables, and so on) .. and also old technologies!, because some things won’t go away. Just thing to CAD, Databases and so on. They will always be part of the business context.
Simone Marchetti, Manager at Oracle.
Oracle has a vision for his cities. It’s called PROXIMA CITY: cloud connected city, a vision of connected, cloud-based, data-driven city based on cloud services, IoT and microservices. This short movie demonstrates the concept on a toy city built with LEGO and small robotic vehicles.
The vision is based on edge computing components, that consist of all the sensors and small computational nodes spread throughout the city. On the other side, services and data are stored in the cloud, over a microservices and serverless architecture.
At hardware level, the platform benefits of Arduino components and industrial sensors, while at software level the micro-service architecture supports modularity and evolution.