In the Warehouses of Tomorrow, Humans May Act as Digital Twins

Fueled by developments in the internet of things (IoT), big data, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and digital reality technologies, the recent arrival of digital twins heralds a tipping point where the physical and digital worlds can be managed as one, and we can interact with the digital counterpart of physical things much like we would the things themselves, even in 3D space around us.

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Logistics companies rely on the intelligence of digital twins to optimize their supply chain. These are detailed virtual images of the entire logistics. The technology has its origins particularly in the planning of new logistics systems. The digital twin now accompanies many logistics systems over their entire life cycle – from planning and construction to operation of the warehouse.

The concept of the human digital twin, on the other hand, is not yet widely used in industry and intralogistics. The Human Digital Twin is the digital image of a person. Transferred to logistics, the human digital twin represents the warehouse employee in their daily work, reports Picavi .

An example of this would be the order picker: All actions relevant to his tasks are reproduced in the Human Digital Twin. This includes, for example, transport routes and times, scans, and its movements. This information is brought together with important operating parameters, such as WLAN strength, and the resources in the warehouse. This creates a true-to-detail virtual image of the employee, which is continuously improved using real sensor data.

Picavi is currently developing Human Digital Twin, which instead of supply chain and machine data, the focus is on virtual support for employees.


What are the advantages of Human Digital Twins?

In logistics and in the supply chain. the human digital twins offer numerous advantages. They are created on the basis of real process data and thus ensure a much more realistic and better understanding of the process. Errors and optimization potential are revealed on the basis of objective data. The protected framework allows for tests before implementation in the real world. This proactively minimizes the risk of failures or downtimes in the logistics process. The training of new employees is also simplified with the human digital twin. The training is based on digital experience.

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How are human digital twins created?

In the warehouse, in order to receive a virtual image of the employee, logisticians have to record and use the data generated directly in the relevant process. Picavi has integrated analytics features into their business intelligence solution Picavi Cockpit. The feature serves as a central point of contact for collecting, aggregating, and visualizing all important information. The data is recorded directly by the sensors integrated in our pick-by-vision data glasses and continuously updated. This gradually creates a detailed and objective model of the employee in the warehouse.

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