The trucks of today have completely undergone the digital transformation processes necessary to transform them into computers on wheels. Now, a new technology is on the horizon that will make them even more efficient.
Among other things, the following information is often exchanged between them and their business units and core organisation:
– Engine status
– Location data
– Motion status
The problems, however, start surfacing when the trucks communicate various data points over multiple channels at the same time. Consequently, overlap creates redundancy.
The digital twin was designed to address this problem. Simply put, instead of using multiple communication channels, everything gets sent through a single one thanks to this helpful design pattern.
This concept is not exclusive to the logistics industry, mind you. According to Gartner, 24% of organisations that use IoT solutions already have digital twins in place. Since using them leads to an increase in efficiency, the digital twins are gaining traction.
Their design allows them to continuously mirror the state of the physical thing. Combining the technology with optimisation algorithms, business rules, and prescriptive analytics technologies, the digital twins can be used to either support the human decision-making process or automate it in its entirety.
As an example, by utilising the data sent by the truck, it’s possible to monitor the state of the brakes and estimate the ideal time for the next maintenance.
All in all, digital twins are revolutionizing the IoT industry by a huge margin, and there are even better things to come.