AI hardware and software vendor Nvidia is teaming up with digital reality vendor Hexagon to develop industrial digital twin products to help enterprises metaverse.
On Monday, both vendors revealed that Hexagon’s HxDR reality capture platform and Nexus manufacturing platform will be connected to the Nvidia Omniverse. Neither vendor has disclosed when the integration will take place.
HxDR enables organizations to create and manage digital twins. The Nexus manufacturing platform, on the other hand, specializes in digital reality, which refers to technologies that include virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality.
Nvidia Omniverse enables developers to develop and operate metaverse applications such as avatars, digital twins, and virtual representations of real-world entities and processes.
A connected platform helps customers plan better, create complex graphic workflows for the digital factory, and create digital workflows. for twins intelligent city Vendors say they include municipalities, the construction industry and infrastructure that use data and technology to better inform and serve their citizens and businesses.
Gartner analyst Tuong Nguyen said the partnership between Hexagon and Nvidia makes sense.
“We need more of this kind of collaboration to reach the next level of digitization,” Nguyen said. “Each of these companies brings a piece to that puzzle.”
Hexagon brings expertise in building sensors and software that capture reality and collect data from the environment to create a digital twin. Omniverse’s role is as a framework that combines different parts to create content and simulations.
Nvidia also brings years of experience in games, image rendering, and AI to the collaboration.
Hexagon, on the other hand, brings its expertise in creating digital twins that behave like real objects and processes. NVIDIA is also manufacturing a digital twin that resembles the real thing, says Forrester analyst Paul Miller.
For example, Hexagon’s digital twin behaves like the factory it’s trying to represent in that it does the same thing as a real factory, while Nvidia’s digital twin looks exactly like the environment.
Both vendors have been working for some time to extend their capabilities and create digital twins that behave and look more like the real-world environment they are trying to simulate.
“By working together, they are taking smart shortcuts for themselves and their customers,” Miller said. “Both companies recognize that the problems customers are solving using digital twins (and the industrial metaverse) are too big for any one vendor to address alone.”
Both vendors aim to work with manufacturers and major technology vendors to accelerate the use of digital twins in industrial settings.
Last year, Nvidia entered into a similar partnership with industrial manufacturing giant Siemens to apply digital twin technology to industrial environments.
AI software and hardware vendors used Omniverse to train autonomous vehicles that can reliably navigate industrial parks. Hexagon and Microsoft also announced last year an interactive experience that allows engineers to edit his 3D models and simulations in real time.
So the combination of Omniverse and Hexagon’s ability to control workflow elements in industrial facilities will help customers of both vendors reach their goals faster, Miller said. Vendors are also laying the foundation for digital twins that use machine learning to better model, simulate, and predict the future behavior of industrial applications.
The collaboration will also allow customers in the industrial market to learn how to integrate the kinds of tools provided by Nvidia with tools provided by Hexagon. Both vendors can show customers their strengths and where the gaps are, Miller said.
“By integrating existing components of new partners, we can avoid wasteful reinvention of the wheel of software and have a finite amount of new development, rather than simply duplicating features and functionality that our partners already offer. We can concentrate our investment,” he added.
Miller said that as Nvidia and Hexagon work together, they need to help customers understand where their products overlap and how they can work with them.
“Existing products are not designed to work together,” he said, adding that they rely on standards such as: universal scene description Support data exchange between products.
“The real value comes when data and workflows are seamlessly and effortlessly supported within Nvidia and Hexagon’s flagship products,” he continued. “It may take time to realize this, but it is a worthy goal for both companies and their customers.”
Additionally, both vendors are working to address some of the issues customers encounter with their digital twins, while also working together to help customers reach what the vendors think. The Next Era of the Internet and the Metaverse. But getting there may require working with others, Nguyen said.
“It will take multiple players in multiple markets and industries working together to reach the metaverse,” he said.
Hexagon is also developing AI-enabled web applications based on Omniverse. This enables manufacturing and industrial teams to compare digital twins with their physical counterparts in real time.
Esther Ajao is a news writer covering artificial intelligence software and systems.