Laying the foundation for intelligent buildings with digital twin technology
Willow has collaborated with thyssenkrupp Elevator and Microsoft to create a digital twin of thyssenkrupp’s Innovation Test Tower in Rottweil, Germany. The solution integrates hundreds of sources of data to revolutionise building performance and efficiency for both operators and occupants – from maintenance, to resource utilisation, to energy efficiency and beyond – all while improving the way people experience the building.
Opened in 2017, thyssenkrupp’s Innovation Test Tower showcases cutting-edge innovations as the company embarks on a digital transformation to move buildings beyond being “smart” and, creating more liveable spaces
The tower is home to the world’s first ropeless elevator, with a revolutionary design that moves elevator cars both vertically and horizontally, similar to a continuous metro system with multiple cars per shaft. By using a technology called MULTI, numerous benefits are achieved including: greater capacity and shorter waiting times for users; no limits to building height or shape, allowing architects to completely rethink designs; and a significant amount of space saving inside buildings, improving the business case for real estate developers and investors.
Using Willow’s innovative WillowTwin™ platform, thyssenkrupp Elevator and Willow worked closely to create an intelligent digital twin of the asset. By collecting and integrating data from across the 246-metre tower, the building has been transformed into a rich ecosystem of data-driven insights, helping operators and asset managers understand how occupants are using the building.
By creating a digital replica of the building, WillowTwinTM collects and integrates hundreds of sources of data from individual proprietary systems to provide a single view, creating actionable insights of the tower through a visually intuitive software platform, accessible by all levels of the asset management in real time.