The metaverse has gained an astronomical amount of popularity within the last year, mainly associated with gaming and being a part of many virtual worlds. However, the metaverse is finding itself in business use cases as well, such as training employees quickly and safely, product design collaboration and building products from virtual designs.
Accelerated graphics and AI pioneer NVIDIA and Siemens, a company in industrial automation and software, infrastructure, building technology and transportation, are expanding their partnership to drive yet another metaverse applications. The two firms are enabling the industrial metaverse with the use of AI-driven digital twin technology that will help bring industrial automation to a new level.
For the first step of the collaboration, the companies will connect Siemens Xcelerator and NVIDIA Omniverse.
The Siemens Xcelerator platform includes IoT-enabled hardware, software and digital services from across Siemens that can bring together the mechanical, electrical and software domains. NVIDIA Omniverse is an AI-enabled, physically simulated and industrial-scale virtual-world engine that enables for the first time full-fidelity live digital twins.
“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,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO, NVIDIA.
The collaboration will enable an industrial metaverse with physics-based digital models from Siemens and real-time AI from NVIDIA in which companies make confident decisions faster. Companies will be able to employ digital twins with real-time performance data, create innovative industrial IoT solutions, leverage actionable insights from analytics at the edge or in the cloud and tackle future engineering challenges by making visually rich, immersive simulations more accessible.
An example of how this would play out would be users meeting virtually to collaborate and use the connected digital twin to identify, troubleshoot and solve the problem if something were to happen within a factory.
“For over a decade, our digital twin technology has been helping customers across all industries to boost their productivity and today offer the industry’s most comprehensive digital twin,” said Roland Busch, president and CEO, Siemens AG. “When Siemens Xcelerator is connected to Omniverse, we will enable a real-time, immersive metaverse that connects hardware and software, from the edge to the cloud with rich data from Siemens’ software and solutions.”
This partnership will help realize the industrial metaverse as it brings together complementary technologies and ecosystems.
Edited by Erik Linask