Siemens and NVIDIA have expanded their partnership to enable the industrial metaverse and increase use of AI-driven digital twin technology that could help bring industrial automation to a new level. (Photo: PRNewswire)

June 29, 2022

MUNICH—A newly expanded partnership between Siemens and NVIDIA is seeking to transform the manufacturing industry with immersive experiences across the product lifecycle from design through operation. The goal of the partnership is to enable “the industrial metaverse” and increase the  use of AI-driven digital twin technology to help boost industrial automation to a new level, Siemens said in a release.

As a first step toward accomplishing their goal, the companies plan to connect Siemens’ open digital business platform, Siemens Xcelerator, with NVIDIA Omniverse™, a platform for 3D-design and collaboration. This linkage will enable full-fidelity digital twins and connect software-defined artificial intelligence (AI) systems from edge to cloud. In doing so, it will leverage physics-based digital models from Siemens and real-time AI from NVIDIA to enable an industrial metaverse in which companies can make decisions faster and with increased confidence, Siemens said.

Adding Omniverse to the open Siemens Xcelerator partner ecosystem is expected to  accelerate the use of digital twins that can deliver productivity and process improvements across the production and product lifecycles. Regardless of size, companies will be empowered to employ digital twins with real-time performance data and “create innovative industrial IoT-solutions.” They could mean leveraging actionable insights from analytics at the edge or in the cloud, or tackling the engineering challenges of tomorrow by making visually rich, immersive simulations more accessible, according to the release.

“Photorealistic, physics-based digital twins, embedded in the industrial metaverse, offer enormous potential to transform our economies and industries by providing a virtual world where people can interact and collaborate to solve real-world problems,” said Roland Busch, president and chief executive officer, Siemens AG, in the release. “Through this partnership, we will make the industrial metaverse a reality for companies of all sizes.

“For over a decade, our digital twin technology has been helping customers across all industries to boost their productivity,” he continued. “And today, [it offers] the industry’s most comprehensive digital twin. When Siemens Xcelerator is connected to Omniverse, we will enable a real-time, immersive metaverse that connects hardware and software, from the edge to the cloud, with rich data from Siemens’ software and solutions.”

According to Siemens, a company that has positioned itself at the intersection of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT), the partnership brings together complementary technologies and ecosystems to realize the industrial metaverse. The Siemens Xcelerator platform connects mechanical, electrical, and software domains across the product and production processes and enables the convergence of IT and OT, the company said.

NVIDIA Omniverse is an AI-enabled, physically simulated and industrial-scale virtual-world engine that is said to enable full-fidelity live digital twins. NVIDIA AI is reportedly used by more than 25,000 companies worldwide. It is the intelligence engine of Omniverse in the cloud and autonomous systems at the edge. According to NVIDIA, its Omniverse and AI are “ideal computation engines to represent the comprehensive digital twin from Siemens Xcelerator.”

“Siemens and NVIDIA share a common vision that the industrial metaverse will drive digital transformation,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA, in the release. “This is just the first step in our joint effort to make this vision real for our customers and all parts of the global manufacturing industry. The connection to Siemens Xcelerator will open NVIDIA’s Omniverse and AI ecosystem to a whole new world of industrial automation that is built using Siemens’ mechanical, electrical, software, IoT, and edge solutions.”

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