By Matthew Mikell on February 6, 2018

How Digital Twins foster innovation in IoT-enabled environments

Dynamic digital representations, or Digital Twins, are rapidly changing the way industries design, build and operate their products and processes. Gartner predicts, “by 2021, half of large industrial companies will use Digital Twins, resulting in those organizations gaining a 10 percent improvement in effectiveness.” Powered by the Cloud, IoT, and AI, Digital Twins enrich complex […]

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By Matthew Mikell and Jen Clark on January 4, 2018

Cheat sheet: What is Digital Twin?

Ready to start the New Year off with one of the most interesting IoT trends for 2018? Then welcome to the cheat sheet series: your no-jargon guide to all things IoT. In this installment, subject matter expert Matthew Mikell gives us the low down on digital twin. Digital twin: the background When we design machines […]

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By Matthew Mikell on December 19, 2017

Digital Twin of the Month: How turbines are taking over Texas

Our digital twin story this month is that of a wind turbine, used around the world to develop clean and sustainable energy; on some days it might even be free. During October storms in Germany these turbines “generated enough wind power at the weekend to give consumers free energy,” meaning costs fell below zero where producers had to […]

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By Matthew Mikell on November 15, 2017

IoT for Insurance: Tech savvy homeowners disconnected from insurers

What do home buyers understand that their insurance companies don’t? Most Americans have begun investing in forms of ‘smart’ technology for their homes. A recent poll from HIS Markit found that last year 80 million smart home devices were delivered worldwide with an additional 130 million smart home devices expected to be shipped this year. […]

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By Matthew Mikell on October 24, 2017

Digital Twin of the Month: Twinning the GP38-2 iron horse

Sept 18 was an epic day in 1830. This was the first head-to-head race of the iron horse and bio-horse; the steam locomotive was battling for acceptance.  While the locomotive of the day, called Tom Thumb, lost largely on mechanical issues, it eventually won the next race.  The locomotive had started on its path to dominate […]

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By Matthew Mikell on October 4, 2017

New ‘reality’ of the connected worker: AR with Maximo

In the IBM blog “How using mobility and innovation for FSM will define your future,” we began to highlight the advantages of faster problem resolution with augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence. Coupled with Maximo and mobility, the brings numerous advantages for a worker while working remotely. It means instant access to asset and inventory […]

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By Matthew Mikell and Ryan Boyles on August 25, 2017

Digital Twin of the month: ‘Twinning’ the W16 Engine

Digital twin: insights and designs In our monthly spotlight on digital twin designs, we bring attention to some of the world’s more unique machines, and tell their story through images and facts.  This month, we feature the massive W16 engine, found only within the Bugatti Veyron automobile. Bugatti W16 digital twin The world’s most powerful combustion engine […]

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By Matthew Mikell on July 31, 2017

Digital twin: Delivering places and spaces

Digital twin capability, more known for industrial use, is making inroads into physical places and spaces.  As more companies aim to build ‘digital-first’, or retro-fit existing infrastructure with sensors, we’re starting to see amazing stories of what’s possible in homes, offices, and leisure environments when you apply digital twin technologies.  The impacts on how we […]

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By Matthew Mikell on July 13, 2017

Immersive analytics: the reality of IoT and digital twin

In Internet of Things (IoT), I’ve come across the phrase ‘immersive analytics’ actively used by analytics vendors to describe the virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and other new display technologies to support analytical reasoning of sensor data. While the analytic vendors hope to add an interactive view, they don’t understand the elements of an asset, […]

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By Matthew Mikell on June 8, 2017

Manufacturing executives: your cloud moment

Remember when software was sold, shipped and installed from boxes of disks and documentation? The shift to cloud, and specifically Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery, changed that; it also changed the way software was designed, priced, sold, and licensed. While many software vendors fought the demand for cloud services, its disruption also came with unique benefits. Ultimately […]

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By Matthew Mikell on May 17, 2017

Digital Twin: why business needs an operations revolution

The traditional toolbox for manufacturing is about empty; there were few items designed for digital disruption and transforming operations. Considering Gartner estimates of 8.4 Billion connected ‘Things’ by 2017, traditional tools and processes won’t withstand (or understand) the volume and velocity of digital data from IoT devices. The time is right for a new set […]

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