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In the event your #IoT platform needs to work with industrial control systems where it’s necessary to send messages to trigger actuators, you’ll define one or more “command properties” in your #DigitalTwin model. #IIoT

Actuators can typically be electric, hydraulic, pneumatic, or mechanical. You’re basically turning a control signal or command into an action on a machine. The “command properties” you define can include parameters such as names, data types, and units of measurement to assist a command and control signal in properly triggering the actuator.

For instance, an electric motor may allow you to remotely set its revolutions per minute (RPM) to control the speed. You would need to define the name of this actuation command as specified by the manufacturer of the motor. It might be “speed.” You’ll also need the data type of the value to send, which in this case might be an “integer.” Lastly, you can guess that the unit of measurement is “RPM.”

All these Digital Twin command properties defined in the model for a particular class of device are here to help your Internet of Things platform do its job to provide value.

Digital Twin Models and Command Properties
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