High Tech’s Higher Purpose January 15, 2024

Digital twin technology promises greater efficiency, but it’s only as effective as the data that feeds it

A digital twin is a digital model of a physical object, person, or process, set within a digital version of its environment. Updated with real-time data, the twin allows organizations to simulate real-life scenarios and outcomes with the goal of helping them improve efficiency. The technology is currently being used in everything from competitive sailing and space exploration to beer brewing and sport stadium operations.

But is it right for your next project?

Here, we explore the promising possibilities and possible pitfalls of the technology in a dramatic dialog between a brand-new hospital and its digital twin. The scene opens just after the ribbon-cutting ceremony, as the hospital building is just waking up for the first time, its digital twin mysteriously in view.