Siemens and NVIDIA team up to enable the industrial metaverse

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Siemens and NVIDIA are expanding their ongoing partnership to enable the industrial metaverse and increase the use of AI-driven digital twin technology to accelerate the use and adoption of industrial automation.

As a first step, the companies plan to connect Siemens Xcelerator, an open digital business platform, and NVIDIA Omniverse, a platform for 3D design and collaboration. This will enable an industrial metaverse with physics-based digital models from Siemens and real-time AI from NVIDIA.

Newly launched, Siemens Xcelerator makes digital transformation easier and faster, and includes a curated portfolio of internet of things (IoT) enabled hardware, software and digital services from across Siemens and certified third parties that will support interactions and transactions between customers, partners and developers.

With the launch of Siemens Xcelerator, Siemens said that it will look to transform its entire portfolio of hardware and software to become modular, cloud-connected and built on standard application programming interfaces (APIs).

The addition of the Omniverse to the open Siemens Xcelerator partner ecosystem will help to accelerate the use of digital twins that can deliver productivity and process improvements.

Companies will be able to employ digital twins with real-time performance data; create industrial IoT solutions; leverage actionable insights from analytics at the edge or in the cloud; and tackle engineering challenges by making visually rich, immersive simulations more accessible.

“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. Through this partnership, we will make the industrial metaverse a reality for companies of all sizes,” said Roland Busch, President and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens. “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.”

“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,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO, NVIDIA. “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.”

This partnership brings together complementary technologies and ecosystems to deliver the industrial metaverse. Siemens’ Xcelerator platform connects mechanical, electrical and software domains across the product and production processes and enables the convergence of IT and OT.

NVIDIA Omniverse is an AI-enabled, physically simulated and industrial-scale virtual-world engine that enables for the first time full-fidelity live digital twins. NVIDIA AI is currently the world’s most popular AI platform and the intelligence engine of Omniverse in the cloud and autonomous systems at the edge.