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Digital Twins and innovations in physical space

The widely recognised definition of a digital twin was provided by Glaessegen and Stargel in 2012 as ‘an integrated multi-physics, multi-scale, probabilistic simulation of a complex product and uses the best available physical models, sensor updates, etc., to mirror the life of its corresponding twin’. Put simply it is a virtual model of a real-life object or place, linked through data feedback mechanisms in real-time. As such it is composed of three parts: the physical product, the virtual product and the connected data that ties the physical and virtual product together (Tao, et al., 2018). This has several key characteristics: the virtual space is meant to be a real-time reflection of the

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