Siemens has signed a partnership agreement with digital twin provider Nvidia to create an industrial metaverse – an enhanced virtual reality for companies to reduce the costs of running their factories, buildings, and speed up new product design.
The deal is a cornerstone of Siemens Xcelerator, a new open digital platform launched by the German technology and engineering company on Wednesday.
As a first step in the collaboration, Siemens will connect Xcelerator and its own software and digital twin products with Nvidia’s Omniverse, a platform for 3D design.
Siemens said that the addition of the Omniverse “will accelerate the use of digital twins that can deliver productivity and process improvements across the production and product lifecycles.”
Roland Busch, president and chief executive officer, Siemens AG, added: “Photorealistic, physics-based digital twins embedded in the industrial metaverse offer enormous potential to transform our economies and industries by providing a virtual world where people can interact and collaborate to solve real-world problems.
“Through this partnership, we will make the industrial metaverse a reality for companies of all sizes.”
The services will be offered to customers through Siemens’s software as a service (SaaS) subscription model, to make it more affordable for small and medium sized companies.
Jensen Huang, founder and CEO, NVIDIA, commented: “Siemens and NVIDIA share a common vision that the industrial metaverse will drive digital transformation. This is just the first step in our joint effort to make this vision real for our customers and all parts of the global manufacturing industry.
“The connection to Siemens Xcelerator will open NVIDIA’s Omniverse and AI ecosystem to a whole new world of industrial automation that is built using Siemens’ mechanical, electrical, software, IoT, and edge solutions.”
Image: Jensen Huang, founder and CEO, NVIDIA (left) and Roland Busch, president and chief executive officer, Siemens AG (credit: Siemens)
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