The Digital Twin Centre, led by Digital Catapult, will provide common, shared physical and digital infrastructure to support the development of digital twins, elements of which include common data architecture, tools, models, software, systems and hardware. The centre will initially focus in sectors including maritime, aerospace and defence but have the capability and plans to explore other sectors.

Digital Catapult plans for the Digital Twin Centre are intended to support the diffusion of Digital Twin research, development and innovation projects regionally and nationally. Digital twins can fast track the time from idea to successful transformational product or process adoption within the marketplace, thereby reducing the costly rework, waste and reliance on multiple expensive prototypes that traditional non-digital twin development processes rely on. It will support the longer-term sustainability of industry in Northern Ireland.