A digital twin is a digital duplicate model of any physical entity that can be utilized for a number of purposes. This virtual replication offers dynamics and characteristics of IoT devices installed at the vessels and also eliminate the need for running any physical test cycles. The basic idea of digital twin concept is to establish a link between the physical and digital world. This is achieved by analyzing real-time data collected by sensors employed at the physical entity. These monitoring sensors and IoT devices are connected to a cloud-based system. The existing work environment and other real-time factors are also taken into consideration while analyzing the data in a virtual format.
The virtual replica offers great assistance in optimizing maintenance, performance and designing procedures of the vessels and can also be employed at ports to achieve better efficiency.
Furuno Hellas has been awarded Digital Twin Ready certification from Lloyd’s Register (LR) for HermAce, a smart onboard system that collects and monitors data on bridge navigation and communication equipment, actively supporting remote troubleshooting and problem rectifications. HermAce, developed by the Hellas team of the Japan-headquartered marine equipment manufacturer, uses a digital twin as a virtual replica of bridge equipment based on data streamed directly from the vessel that offers real-time identification, diagnosis and resolution of problems.