Munich, Germany – Siemens AG, a leader in industrial automation and software, infrastructure, building technology, and transportation, and NVIDIA Corporation, a pioneer in accelerated graphics and artificial intelligence (AI), recently announced an expansion of their partnership to enable the industrial metaverse and increase use of AI-driven digital twin technology, which will help elevate industrial automation to new heights.
The companies intend to connect Siemens Xcelerator, an open digital business platform, and NVIDIA Omniverse™, a platform for 3D design and collaboration, as a first step in this collaboration. This will enable an industrial metaverse with physics-based digital models from Siemens and real-time AI from NVIDIA, allowing companies to make decisions more quickly and confidently.
The addition of Omniverse to the open Siemens Xcelerator partner ecosystem will accelerate the use of digital twins, which can improve productivity and process across the production and product lifecycles. Companies of all sizes will be able to use digital twins with real-time performance data to develop innovative industrial IoT solutions, leverage actionable insights from analytics at the edge or in the cloud, and address tomorrow’s engineering challenges by making visually rich, immersive simulations more accessible.
This collaboration brings complementary technologies and ecosystems together to realize the industrial metaverse. Siemens occupies a unique position at the crossroads of the real and digital worlds; information technology and operational technology. The Siemens Xcelerator platform connects mechanical, electrical, and software domains across product and production processes, enabling IT and OT convergence.
NVIDIA Omniverse is an AI-enabled, physically simulated, industrial-scale virtual-world engine that enables full-fidelity live digital twins for the first time. NVIDIA AI is the intelligence engine of Omniverse in the cloud and autonomous systems at the edge, and is used by over 25,000 companies worldwide. NVIDIA Omniverse and AI are ideal computation engines for representing Siemens Xcelerator’s comprehensive digital twin.
Stressing that photorealistic, physics-based digital twins embedded in the industrial metaverse can transform our economies and industries by providing a virtual world where people can collaborate to solve real-world problems, Roland Busch, President and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens AG, explained, “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, and today offer 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.”
Jensen Huang, Founder and CEO, NVIDIA, stated, “Siemens and NVIDIA share a common vision that the industrial metaverse will drive digital transformation. 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.”
Siemens Process Simulate (left) connects to NVIDIA Omniverse (right) to
enable a full-design-fidelity, photorealistic, real-time digital twin
Image Source: Siemens AG