Publication type: Conference paper
Type of review: Peer review (abstract)
Title: Classifying digital twins : a three-dimensional conceptual reference model
Authors: Barth, Linard
Ehrat, Matthias
Fuchs, Rainer
et. al: No
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 2nd Smart Services Summit
Editors of the parent work: Meierhofer, Jürg
West, Shaun
Pages: 22
Pages to: 30
Conference details: 2nd Smart Services Summit, Zürich, Switzerland, 13 September 2019
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Swiss Alliance for Data-Intensive Services
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Thun
ISBN: 978-3-033-07563-4
Language: English
Subjects: Classification; Conceptual model; Digital twin; Dimension
Subject (DDC): 003: Systems
005: Computer programming, programs and data
Abstract: The development and progress in information and communication technology will transform traditional products into smart connected products and allow to offer novel smart services. The Digital Twin concept is regarded as a key technology for the seamless integration and fusion of smart connected products and related smart services within cyber-physical systems and as a way to seize the manifold opportunities to create value with novel smart services. However, this interdisciplinary concept is hard to grasp and communicate and hence it is difficult to demonstrate the business value and the resulting return. This is mainly due to the ambiguity in understandings and definitions owing to the relatively young field of research, the few practical implementation cases and the multidisciplinary nature of the digital twin concept.Given the wide range of interpretations and the different definitions of Digital Twins, it becomes evident that further dimensions for structuring are required in order to get a differentiated yet understandable perspective, especially on the value contribution of Digital Twins. Smart connected products and their cyber-physical systems are an outcome of an integration process over a variety of disciplines and their nature adds another dimension of complexity. To deal with this, it is thus critical to establish a reference model of architecture for digital twins. This paper proposes a novel three-dimensional conceptual reference model with the axes system hierarchy level, product lifecycle management integration level and data categories to contribute to the disambiguation of digital twins. The aim of the model is to support researchers and practitioners in classifying and structuring their digital twin projects and support the communication within research and practice and different fields of expertise alike. It further contributes to model the profile of the digital twin in the servitization area, outlines future research directions and supports the implementation in practice.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: Life Sciences and Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Marketing Management (IMM)
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