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Digital Twin Operations (DTOps) by edge and cloud computing

Abstract

Driven by recent advancements in the emergence of data processing, acquisition (IoT) and analysis technologies, the era of data-driven products has arrived and traditional enterprise IT landscapes have been reshaped. Data is generated throughout the product development process in a virtual environment (computer-aided engineering, PLM) and continues whenever a product is used in the physical world. Despite this continuous generation of data, there is no exchange of information between virtual and physical systems. Both are considered in isolation from each other and as a result of this, there is no stateful representation of a product. Therefore, this work introduces Digital Twin Operations (DTOps), a perpetually evolving concept which places an emphasis on the interlocking of virtual and physical systems to achieve a complete virtual mapping of a physical object using continuous and pervasive real-time data exchange combined with the capability of cloud and edge computing. For manufactures, DTOps supports the development of data-driven products. The utilisation of significant amounts of data from sensors help to reduce product failures and mitigate undesirable system behaviour before they exist. Within this lecture, the technology background for Digital Twin Operations will be explained. It will give an insight into the problems of traditional and isolated IT systems, how DTOps helps to overcome these issues in enterprise products by enabling the IoT world, which current challenges are faced and future opportunities which are in the pipeline.

Speaker Bio

BIO – Benjamin Walterscheid – Benjamin has joined IBM in 2016 as a Master@IBM student coming with a BSc. degree in medical engineering. He’s working as an application architect at the Watson IoT Center in Munich focusing on developing new platform business models for the automotive as well as insurance industry running on IBM’s cloud offering. Based on his master thesis in the field of Digital Twins, Benjamin has been driven by that topic to further deep dive in the technology requirements and build up his skills. Beyond that, he uses his knowledge from his medical engineering degree to publish patents and inventions in the health IT area.