Press Release The Digital Twin for vehicles becomes reality

Tina Müller | 5th October 2018

Daimler relies on CONWEAVER Linksphere Terra solution for "Data Layer" in PDM 2020 program

The digital transformation is a challenging task in the automotive industry, as it is necessary to make the transition to additional business models with holistic mobility services. To this end, it is reasonable to link the various IT backend systems in such a way that the flow of information runs like a leitmotif through the heterogeneous database infrastructure in the sense of "end-to-end".

Daimler AG (Sindelfingen) has opted for the Linksphere Terra product from the digital thread software provider CONWEAVER GmbH (Darmstadt) to enable smart data aggregation. The goal is the valid Digital Twin of every delivered vehicle.

The vehicle's Digital Twin feeds on data from all disciplines, not just development. A large number of backend systems must therefore be integrated along the entire value chain. As part of its "PDM2020" initiative, the premium vehicle manufacturer has launched the "Data Layer" project, which defines the system architecture for linking and accessing various databases. This system architecture uses the CONWEAVER Linksphere technology and its functions, for example for querying data relations and for full-text searches. 

Based on this technology, a first so-called BTV Cockpit has now been implemented, which enables part managers ("BTV") to access lifecycle information from different source systems, intelligently aggregated and accessible based upon roles. For a first BTV team with 40 users, this cockpit went live in mid-May 2018 after only four months. 

Agile decision making

For the first time, Daimler AG conducted a hackathon tendering a pitch for IT tools in order to quickly achieve an adaptable implementation. On the basis of application examples from engineering, production and after-sales areas and correspondingly prepared data, software providers were given the opportunity to develop result modules within 14 days and present them to a jury of internal stakeholders. CONWEAVER was able to convince with its innovative technology and professional implementation.

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