Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced a service that it claims will make it faster and easier for anyone to create digital twins of real-world systems like buildings or factories.
AWS’ IoT TwinMaker integrates data from sources such as sensors and business applications, and combines it to create a knowledge graph that models the real world.
Users can import existing 3D models such as CAD files, to create 3D visualisations of the physical system and to overlay the data from the knowledge graph onto the visualisations to create the digital twins.
Amazon says the new service will improve the accessibility of digital twins, and help users improve operating efficiencies and cut downtime.
There are no upfront fees, and users pay only to access the data used to build and operate the digital twins.
Michael MacKenzie, general manager for IoT at AWS, said: “Sensors for equipment, buildings, and industrial processes are proliferating and generating massive amounts of data.
“Customers are increasingly eager to use that data to optimise their operations and processes and one way to do that is using digital twins, but they find that building a digital twin and custom applications is difficult, time-consuming, and prohibitively expensive to maintain.
“With AWS IoT TwinMaker, customers can now derive previously unavailable insights about their operations that inform real-time improvements to their buildings, factories, industrial equipment and production lines, and make accurate predictions about system behaviour with minimal effort.”
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