Metaverse is the 3D extension of the Internet today. Gartner defines the Metaverse
as a persistent & immersive digital environment of independent, yet interconnected networks that will use yet-to-be-determined protocols for communications. It enables persistent, decentralized, collaborative, interoperable digital content that intersects with the physical world’s real-time, spatially oriented & indexed content.”
Usually, we connect Metaverse with the B2C world e.g., Gaming, EdTech, Reality Show, Online Retail/e-commerce stores, etc. However, Metaverse is not only confined to B2C but has a huge adoption in Industrial Automation,
Manufacturing, Collaborative Product Development & Testing, and Product Installation & Operations. For example, BMW, Germany has created a Digital Twin of 31 different Factories that uses real-time data to create a 3D Environment which is a living mirror of a Shop Floor using the NVIDIA Omniverse Platform. This has resulted in a 30% Boost in Production Planning Efficiency. BMW also uses this platform to train Robots to navigate the Factory. It is also used as a Collaborative Design Platform for Designers across the Globe to experiment with new line layouts.
Metaverse & Industry 4.0 are tightly coupled. Industrial IoT devices collect data from Equipment & Environment & store it in Cloud & IoT Services provides access to this data. On the other hand, we have 3D Visualization Technologies, AR/VR/MR, CAD, Blockchain & AI. These two streams combined together create an immersive environment where IoT data can be accessed in new and innovative ways. On top of this, we add remote collaboration as a feature set in this environment, where many users may access the same data at the same time and interact with each other virtually. Real-time positioning systems can add another layer to this mix and track an entity's position in real-time. This is rendered in the 3D world so that Avatars can act as a real-time replica of the real world.
Let’s look at some of the most relevant Industrial use cases for Industrial Metaverse:
Better Product Design:
With Metaverse more Intuitive Collaboration can happen between Tech & Non-Tech users for Product Design. Experts can communicate better with non-Experts which enables them to explore multiple design