The Digital Twin Instance
It’s time to create a Digital Twin Instance of a physical entity that is derived from a Digital Twin Model.
If you’ve worked with any of the Internet of Things platforms, you probably registered an IoT endpoint or device to make its identity known to the system. In the smallest way possible, this is what it means to create an instance of your digital twin that is entangled with a physical entity.
Like most things in the digital world, you start with Identity. You give your digital twin a name & perhaps a brief description. The IoT platform you’re working with will assign a unique identifier used to access & identify the digital twin and its physical counterpart throughout its life cycle. Next, some type of security token or X.509 certificate will be bound to the unique identifier of the digital twin in order to facilitate authentication & authorization. It’s possible that you might assign a date in the future when the security token or certificate is no longer valid. You should also have the option to enable or disable the twin if you need to blacklist incoming data from a compromised physical entity. Lastly, you bind it to the digital twin model that it’s derived from.