AREA and Digital Twin Consortium Establish Strategic Relationship

As IoT, Digital Twin, and Augmented Reality technologies bring the physical and digital worlds together, they open the door to significant benefits for organizations, including improved reliability, reduced reactive maintenance costs, increased productivity, and more effective training.

On December 3rd, the AREA took a big step toward facilitating that convergence and maximizing those benefits by signing a Memo of Understanding (MoU) with the Digital Twin Consortium® (DTC). Known as the Authority in Digital Twin, DTC coalesces industry, government, and academia to drive consistency in vocabulary, architecture, security, and interoperability of Digital Twin technology.

Under the MoU, AREA Steering Committee member Christine Perey will serve as the liaison between the two organizations to build a deep and multi-faceted strategic relationship. DTC and the AREA will collaborate to:

  • define industry requirements;
  • increase the degree to which enabling technology components interoperate;
  • align work underway to accelerate adoption of Digital Twins and Augmented Reality in many vertical domains and use cases; and
  • develop proof of concepts projects and programs, and joint marketing efforts.

“We’re excited about the many opportunities our liaison with DTC will enable,” said Mark Sage, Executive Director of the AREA. “For AREA members, it’s a chance to help ensure that enterprise AR and Digital Twin technologies move forward in sync to accelerate adoption, reduce costs, and reap new benefits.”

“Augmented Reality and Digital Twins are an ideal combination, as together they allow users to visualize the invisible,” said Dan Isaacs, CTO, Digital Twin Consortium. “This includes enhancing situational awareness and event intelligence for training in assembly, installation, maintenance, operation, compliance assurance, and safety. For infrastructure projects, this combination enables visibility inside the walls of a building or structure, or the power, connectivity, or water piping and conduits under streets and roadways, and much more.”

As the two organizations begin working together, the enterprise AR ecosystem can look forward to a growing number of jointly developed projects, events, and resources, including webinars, white papers, and presentations.

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