Digital Twin Technologies: The Game Changer in 2020

Have you heard about the latest technology trend “digital twin?” While it is not a new idea, the term has been gaining huge momentum in the modern era. The concept has been in existence since the initial days of in-depth space exploration. However, with improved connectivity along with the advent of high-end technologies like IoT and Virtual Reality (VR), the overall hype around the technology of the digital twin has been spreading lately.

It has been revealed that the digital twin technology is expected to grow from $1.8 million to reach around $13.5 million by the time of 2025. 

What is the Digital Twin Technology?

A digital twin can be stated in terms of a visual representation of some physical system, process or object. The fact that makes this technology so interesting and functional is that real-time data from meters, sensors and other relevant sources can be utilised for informing the respective digital copies of the given assets in a typical virtual space. This allows for the overall monitoring as well as analysis and opportunities for optimisation, future simulation and machine learning.

Importance of the Digital Twin 

For the upcoming future, the concept of the digital twin helps in providing the most value in equipment management. The digital twin is also capable of providing property managers as well as building engineers the capability of:

  • Visualising and monitoring building equipment along with systems in real-time
  • Connecting contrasting systems and promoting traceability through a common digital thread
  • Optimising building operations with top-end predictive analysis
  • Troubleshooting equipment from some distance

The given insights into the inner system of buildings and how the same can be improved could imply major savings in maintenance repairs, operations, utility consumption, and optimised IoT-based asset performance.

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Outbreak of the Digital Twin Technology

Just like other high-end technologies such as blockchain, the technology of the digital twin is also estimated to be utilised in a myriad of industry verticals. The overall use of digital twins is going to extend much beyond the concept of commercial real estate – reaching far into other industries including city planning, manufacturing, healthcare and marketing, to name a few. 

As per a recent study, it is estimated that around 21 billion connected endpoints and sensors by the end of 2020 will be existing for the digital twin technology. While the overall assurance of such predictions are yet to be analysed, businesses are still excited about what this would imply for the commercial real estate industry. 

For example, when digital twins are amalgamated with VR technology, the natural interaction and immersive views that VR technology has to offer might ensure tweaking designs to make the same less cumbersome and more intuitive. At the same time, simulations can be implemented in real time for observing what the given product in action would appear – enabling rapid-speed design phases. 

We recently interviewed digital transformation influencer Antonio Grasso. In our chat Grasso explores the opportunities of the digital twin for businesses in the future. Read more about the digital twin and our chat with Antonio here

Appearition Insights with Jaime Donally from ARVRinEDU

In this interview, Appearition team members Mark Hillebrand and Brittney Smith sit down on the couch for an e-coffee with Jamie Donally from ARVRinEDU, to chat about immersive technology in education and the future of learning.

Jaime Donally is a former maths teacher turned instructional technology specialist. Jaime is passionate about providing new immersive learning experiences to staff and students. She provides staff development and training on immersive technology as an EdTech consultant.

http://vimeo.com/458779816

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If you would like to hear more from Jaime Donally and her work in the education industry you can find Jaime at:

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The Difference Between STEM & STEAM Education

Understanding the difference between STEM AND STEAM

combination of the subjects Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths are collectively referred to as the acronym STEM. On the other hand, STEAM is the acronym for the combination of Arts in addition to all subjects from STEM i.e. Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Maths.

Arts refers to subjects such as humanities, dance, language, drama, music, design, visual arts, and media studies. The primary contrast between STEM and STEAM, is that STEM solely centres on the subjects of science and the ideas of logic. While STEAM researches similar ideas, this technique does this through a practical approach to learning strategies utilised with the help of creative ways.

This generally appears as though students are working cooperatively to make an engaging concept or article that depends on the comprehension of a STEM idea. For example, the arithmetic of the parabola used to make compelling symbolism through artwork.

The idea of learning through the STEAM technique is not a new concept. Leonardo Da Vinci, convinced us about the significance of joining science and creativity to make new revelations. In a similar manner, Indigenous Australians have a long-standing convention of passing on various ideas and scientific knowledge in the form of songs and music. This is a classic example of the fact that science, combined with the creative arts, can result in wonders!

While both these methodologies follow a different approach, it is important for both students and educators to study and understand how each works.

Understanding the importance of STEM

Science and technology lead to the creation of new items and distinctive procedures that aid in a nation’s economy. The innovation with science education banks upon a robust data base in the realm of understanding the basics of STEM. Unmistakably, most occupations in the upcoming years will require an individual to possess an essential comprehension of maths and science. In spite of looking at these convincing realities, the average scores in mathematics and science among students are lingering behind others. Let us try to understand how STEM training can be extremely essential for the youth of any nation.

Innovation  and science is constantly venturing into each part of our lives on an everyday basis – making STEM a significant subject. Science lies in every field and occupation of our lives along with each action that we take in our day to day living. By introducing students to STEM while presenting them opportunities to analyse and investigate the knowledge and ideas related to STEM, they will propagate a new sense of enthusiasm for it.

Educational programs that are based on STEM have real circumstances to aid the students in the learning process. STEM offers a hands-on and minds-on experiences to the students. Making maths and science, fun and fascinating encourages students to enjoy education and explore a new kind of learning

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Understanding the importance of STEAM

STEAM training in schools offers individuals a chance to learn and create – utilising critical thinking and practical applications. These overall abilities are essential to growing a workforce that is prepared for the future that understands and owns the capability of tackling complex situations occurring in real life. This technique leads us to ’22nd-century skills’ – that are predicted to be around connection, care and culture.

There are a myriad of opportunities to provide hands-on learning coming up in schools and institutions around the world. These are better known as “maker spaces”. Each of these opportunities usually focuses on combining the skill of discovery, along with the learning process. They encourage the utilisation of science and tech assets, in order to achieve different phenomenal results, such as data art and gaming.

It’s fascinating to see such a significant number of STEAM ideas appearing in current mainstream society, motivating trust – especially among young women. Elements like Shuri’s character in the film Black Panther – the wise, imaginative and lively technologist – encourages individuals to move past the notions related to STEM embedded in history and embrace new ages of interdisciplinary pioneers.

Similar creative examination and assets completely understand the association between science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics, on the impact they have on one another. Educators who have adapted the STEAM learning technique usually observe the students discovering certain connections among various concepts. They also notice that the problem-solving skills of their students have enhanced visibly. Moreover, they strongly witness their students being actively engaged in the whole learning process, which is usually reflected with their expressions caught in experiencing varied moments of joy. 

If we adopt the learning technique of STEAM, we can challenge assumptions that all these territories of learning are independent and move ahead of the “I am acceptable at maths and science, so I am not imaginative” perspective. This will transform the way in which the world is perceived and generate a new thought process on being connective, multifaceted and comprehensive, along with an assorted variety of ideas, expressions, and thoughts. After all, that is exactly how things and situations work in real life.

Conclusion

Both STEM and STEAM are learning techniques that have been used by previous generations and will be embraced by generations to come. The most critical aspect of choosing between the two is understanding the needs and capabilities of an individual while making the right decision accordingly. Choosing the right approach will naturally lead towards a successful futuristic learning experience.

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IOT: How a connected world will look like

Internet of Things (IoT) – the technology that enables devices to connect with each other, providing a seamless inter-device communication. The technology helps in data management, informed decision making, track and manage the data. IoT provides businesses with operational efficiency and workforce productivity.

 

The explosion of smart devices will add ‘a ginormous’ amount of data. For instance, a sensor on a single Boeing aircraft jet engine can generate about 20 terabytes of data per hour. So what will happen several billion devices start generating several zettabytes of data? Gartner predicts that over 20 billion devices will be connected by 2020.

 

 

About 65% of the enterprises are set to adopt IoT by 2020. This shift would mean that more than 10% of new IoT products from traditional industries will be headed by the Chief Innovation Officer (CIO).

 

By 2020, Gartner estimates internet-connected things will outnumber humans 4-to-1, creating new dynamics for marketing, sales and customer service.

So, what else can we expect in the near future?

 

Source: Gartner, Intel

Education: Then versus Now

Technology has evolved so much in the past few years that computers and have tablets have virtually replaced the traditional teaching aids.

Take a look at how it has changed in the past few years:

How VR will drive supply chain

Virtual Reality is one of the fastest growing disruptive technologies. At the cusp of industry 4.0, enterprises are keenly using such innovative tech to provide enhanced solutions. With the arrival of consumer-friendly and affordable headsets or virtual reality glasses, VR tech has gone mainstream.

Supply chain management is one of the many fields that VR is revolutionising. Excerpts from the recent Deloitte report on ‘Utilizing virtual reality to drive supply chain innovation’:

VR can improve supply chain management in four main areas:

  1. product and process design
  2. data and process visualisation
  3. employee collaboration
  4. experience-based learning

VR is of big interest to companies with complex product development process and a need to globalise their collaboration. This is mainly because VR for enterprises simplifies or enhances an existing process rather than introduce a whole process. Furthermore, hardware and software capabilities in the tech have improved greatly, leading to easier adoption.

Deloitte recommends enterprises to begin with small pilots to test and validate applications that could have immediate benefit and scalability.

For example, VR can be used to superimpose important information directly onto the windshield. Without glancing at a handheld device, drivers can see alternate routes, blocked roads and traffic snags. Information about the load can be seen without the need to stop, climb into the back of the truck, and see what’s going on. For example, a driver carrying a temperature controlled load can see if there’s an issue with the thermostat and if the temperature is approaching a predetermined danger zone.

‘As VR applications continue to expand and prices continuously decrease, the VR market alone could reach up to $48.5 billion by 2025.’

Primary potential benefits of VR

A primary value driver for organizations is VR’s interactive visualization capability. Companies are starting to leverage the technology within their design organizations to enhance CAD functionality and engineer employee engagement. The VR-enhanced designs allow for visualization capabilities previously unavailable; this allows product engineers, architects, and designers to rapidly shift through multiple designs and evaluate them on the spot. Automotive OEMs and large construction firms are partnering with design software companies and VR hardware manufacturers to create these immersive experiences.

 

 

 

Future of enterprise management

Virtual reality can drive true transformation in supply chain and operations. However, like every major change, it requires a strategic approach to begin deploying within a company. Leaders need to understand that shifting toward a completely new, virtual environment mandates a shift in culture toward innovation, openness, and collaboration.

The blog is a rewritten excerpt from Deloitte.

Images courtesy: Deloitte

 

Digital Transformation: Who, why, when and how

Splunk Inc, global leaders in database and analytics recently conducted an all-day event called SplunkLive at the Palladium, Crown, Melbourne. Over 700 companies from three streams – namely Security, IT Operations and industry-specific attended.

Appearition is constantly working towards enabling our customers to stay ahead in their game with our robust and agile solutions. As Splunk’s innovation partner, we were part of the networking conference that explored the implementations of Splunk solutions around Application Monitoring and Security.

Digital Transformation

At the cusp of Digital Transformation, enterprises are looking to adopt technologies that enhance their functioning, without disrupting existing workflow. ‘The customer journey session was pretty insightful to know from an enterprise perspective. Such sessions provide the pulse of what customers are looking for,’ says Albert Kalaja of Appearition. ‘Time and again, such events enable us to better provide bespoke solutions to our customers.’

By 2020 the new information generated per second for every human being will approximate amount to 1.7 megabytes. In other words, over 44 zettabytes of data will exist. Database management and automation of analytics seem to be need of the hour for enterprises.

With its ability to convert complex logs to visual graphs and reports resulting simplified analysis, reporting and troubleshooting, Splunk will be one of the tools that companies should have in their armoury to function successfully in the digital era.

Augmented Reality – A snapshot of the market

Augmented Reality for Enterprises

Augmented Reality has been changing the face of enterprise sector. From enhancing work efficiency to improving skills, AR does it all. Take a look at some game-changing numbers:

 

Strategic Technology Trend for 2018: Immersive Experience

A peek into some of the trends that Gartner has identified for 2018:

Almost two decades since the millennium, the evolution of intelligent technology has reached a stage where Augmented and Virtual Reality has become accessible reality.

AR/VR/MR boom

AI is set to feature on all digital platforms, apps or device this year, a trend that saw a boom last year.

AR/VR acts as the merger for multiple stand-alone technological things to an immersive technology, using the best of both worlds. Along with some conversational platforms, AR, VR, and MR will bring a fundamental shift to user experience, resulting in an immersive experience.

For example: From ‘Googling’ on specific information manually to just scanning an object and getting complete information on the object in front of us.

Appearition adds the ‘human’ element to AR/VR. ‘VR will change the way we shop, travel, learn and even create an informative platform in healthcare. AR/VR will create an immersive brand awareness changing the way businesses market,’ says Vivek Aiyer, Founder and CEO, Appearition.

Intelligent Apps and Analytics

AI will run unobtrusively in the background of many familiar application categories while giving rise to entirely new ones, predicts Gartner. For example, AR combined with analytics in a machine/app automates data preparation, insight to share with a broad business user and operational workers.

Digital Twin

These twins are digital ‘soft-copies’ of a real-world entity or system. A Gartner study says, with an estimated 21 billion connected sensors and endpoints by 2020, digital twins will exist for billions of things in the near future.

This aspect of technology will come in handy while studying or manufacturing heavy machinery, construction and to a great extent in healthcare. By overlaying digitally-created content into real-world environment, it enables everyone to view a replica of the project and sharing an almost-actual insight.

For example, Digital Twins can be created for an internal organ, so that one can view exactly where and what procedure they are expected to go through medically.

 

Watch this space for exciting AR/VR/MR/AI related content!

 

Reference: Gartner – Top Tech trends for 2018