It’s an exciting day for the team at Slingshot. Over last few months we’ve been actively supporting, on an almost daily basis, the OMG Digital Twin Consortium to define, revise, and refine a definition of a Digital Twin. Finally today it’s been published at IoT World Congress. You can watch the panel discussion here.

So what’s the 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.

What does that mean?

Take a look at our previous blog Digital Twins for Beginners but in summary it is:

A digital environment/representation that reflects on, mirrors, and evolves ahead of the physical environment.

Sophie McKee, Creative Director, Slingshot Simulations

You put information into it – choose how you want to see that information – press play and see the results. It is then updated as the real world changes. It is a way of using data to map out different scenarios visually without being overwhelmed by numbers. And also a way to effect rapid change on the real world through control systems or human descision making. It has the potential to be organic – the more information you feed it, the Digital Twin will keep evolving and growing and adjusting.