Azure Digital Twins Adds Value to Azure IoT

IoT (internet of things) Azure
IoT (internet of things) Azure

Azure Digital Twins Creates Virtual Spaces of Real Spaces with IoT

Microsoft’s new PaaS Azure Digital Twins service creates smarter spaces with use of spatial intelligence solutions that use analytics and modeling. Virtual Spaces are created of the real environment using the data collected from various sources.

In the IoT of Microsoft Developer, Olivia speaks to Daniel Escapa about what is digital twins, the new PaaS service and what it to offer organizations around the world. Daniel is the program manager at the Azure IoT team and has been working at Microsoft for the last 13 years. Azure Digital Twins was unveiled by Microsoft in September 2018.

What is the Azure Digital Twin concept?

Many companies around the world wanted a solution to get information before implementing an IoT device in the real world to understand the working model, like how a particular sensor or camera would work when used in customer’s backyard and what data it will give that will be beneficial for analysis.

In simple terms it can be said the Microsoft came up with this idea to give the working model of devices using a spatial environment replicating the same functions that devices will do in the real-time environment. Microsoft clients wanted to model the world of IoT while pitching in for sales which helps to give their clients more increase in revenue by saving costs for actual IoT model implementation for display.

Next-Generation IoT Solutions with Digital Twins

As we know how a physical model of the IoT solution will cost more and how the virtual model will save costs, so Microsoft wanted to build a virtual space for IoT solutions with Azure Digital Twins. The concept will represent the physical world in a virtual space that will model the relationship between devices, places, and people.

The digital twin can leverage predefined and extensible twin object model where the client can build contextually-aware solution in-line with their industry domain for their customers. Actions in the virtual space will be automated same as they do in the real world to send events or notifications to endpoints based on the routing of incoming telemetry.

Digital twin models can securely replicate the model across multiple customer platforms through built-in multi and nested- tenancy. The IoT devices can customized in this virtual space for whatever solution the client is going to deliver.

Microsoft is building this as a PaaS platform and enabling other players in the market to build their own solutions using SaaS.

Twin model can interact with many devices of different operating platforms such as Linux, Windows, iOS or Android. These devices will directly be communicated with Azure IoT Hub and the Spatial space of Azure Digital Twins having 3 methods of analysis such as Cold, Hot, and Warm analysis. Notification or the telemetry messages can be sent to any apps on the endpoint devices such as Power Bi, Azure apps, Mobile or to business tools Microsoft flow or office 365.

Let us know in comments what you think about this model where the solution can actually be incorporated in virtual space using data from real space.