IOT NEWS

Industrial IoT News

Industrial IoT Home

Object Management Group Forms Digital Twin Consortium

By Ken Briodagh
June 02, 2020

Non-profit trade association Object Management Group (OMG), along with founders Ansys, Dell Technologies, Lendlease and Microsoft, recently announced the formation of a new Digital Twin Consortium.

Members of the Digital Twin Consortium reportedly will collaborate across multiple industries to learn from each other and develop and apply best practices. This new open membership organization will drive consistency in vocabulary, architecture, security and interoperability to help advance the use of digital twin technology in many industries from aerospace to natural resources.

Digital twins, virtual models of a process, product or service that allow for data analysis and system monitoring via simulations, can be challenging to implement due to a lack of open-source software, interoperability issues, market confusion and high costs, the OMG said. In order to ensure the success of Digital Twin Consortium, several leading companies involved in digital twin technology have joined the consortium prior to inception. This category of early innovators, called Groundbreakers, includes: Air Force Research Lab (US), Bentley Systems, Executive Development, Gafcon, Geminus.AI, Idun Real Estate Solutions AB, imec, IOTA Foundation, IoTIFY, Luno UAB, New South Wales Government, Ricardo, Willow Technology, and WSC Technology.

Membership is open to any business, organization or entity with an interest in digital twins.

“Most definitions of digital twin are complicated, but it's not a complicated idea. Digital twins are used for jet engines, a Mars rover, a semiconductor chip, a building and more. What makes a digital twin difficult is a lack of understanding and standardization,” said Dr. Richard Soley, Executive Director, Digital Twin Consortium. “Similar to what we've done for digital transformation with the Industrial Internet Consortium and for software quality with the Consortium for Information and Software Quality™, we plan to build an ecosystem of users, drive best practices for digital twin usage and define requirements for new digital twin standards.”

Founding members, Ansys, Dell Technologies, Lendlease and Microsoft will each hold permanent seats on an elected Steering Committee, providing the strategic roadmap and creating member working groups. Digital Twin Consortium members are committed to using digital twins throughout their operations and supply chains and capturing best practices and standards requirements for themselves and their clients. Membership fees are based on annual revenue.


Ken Briodagh is a storyteller, writer and editor with about two decades of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.

Edited by Ken Briodagh
Get stories like this delivered straight to your inbox. [Free eNews Subscription]

Editorial Director

SHARE THIS ARTICLE
Related Articles

Formic Raises $27.4M, Continues Outfitting Manufacturers with Automation and Robotics Solutions

By: Alex Passett    7/3/2024

Formic recently announced that it successfully raised $27.4 million in Series A financing, further funding its efforts to outfit manufacturers of all …

Read More

Tracking Team Progression with IT/OT in Relation to Leveraging Next-Gen Manufacturing Solutions

By: Alex Passett    6/25/2024

A new Zebra Technologies report, titled "The 2024 Manufacturing Vision Study," sheds some interesting light on manufacturing teams' (and their respect…

Read More

Vecna Robotics Closes $100M Funding Round, Sets Sights on Streamlining IIoT Automation

By: Alex Passett    6/24/2024

Vecna Robotics has closed a successful $100 million Series C funding round, which will be harnessed through new warehouse automation innovations and o…

Read More

SS&C's Blue Prism Next Gen Platform Demonstrates More Power through Intelligent Automation

By: Alex Passett    5/9/2024

SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc. found that enterprises that have used/are still using its SS&C Blue Prism platform saw an ROI of 330%, representing a…

Read More

Healthy Industrial Growth: ABI Research Underpins Demand for Private Cellular IoT/IIoT Connections as Markets Adapt

By: Alex Passett    4/30/2024

According to a new report from global technology intelligence firm ABI Research, the manufacturing and transportation industries will have the most pr…

Read More