How Industrial Metaverse Is Transforming Businesses

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The Metaverse isn’t just for games anymore, now a digital world for businesses to test and refine processes in a safe and virtual environment.

Imagine a completely virtual industry. Like virtual reality, a completely digital space equipped with virtual machines and production lines that function the way a real factory floor would. This is the concept behind the Industrial Metaverse. To create a safe space for companies to explore, and experiment with their operations through a digital twin factory that doesn’t interact with the physical world in case of disaster. But what is a metaverse, one might wonder.

The Metaverse is a big idea for a future where the internet isn’t something you look at on your screen but rather a place you can go to. By use of Virtual Reality (VR) headsets, one can hang out with friends, play games, attend meetings, and even work in a virtual office. However, this technology is still evolving and under development. Some accessible platforms include Roblox,  where users can play games, build worlds, and interact with others. Decentraland, a virtual world built on blockchain technology that allows users to own land and even create their businesses within the virtual world.

Concept of the Industrial Metaverse.
The core concept of the industrial metaverse is to create digital copies of real-world systems and infrastructure. It could be a factory floor, power grid, or complex supply chain. Through data manipulation, different simulations are then run to test different scenarios and their effects before actual physical work is even started. This allows for improved efficiency and cost savings.

Industries on the verge of Transformation.
While the concept of an industrial metaverse can benefit numerous sectors, some that are most likely to gain include:

           Manufacturing:
Through virtual prototyping, production line optimization, and remote equipment monitoring, manufacturing industries can test their products before production.

Some of the manufacturing companies already using this technology include Leading car manufacturers Ford and BMW who are utilizing virtual reality (VR) for vehicle design, safety testing, and even manufacturing process optimization.

Aircraft design company, Boeing has also adopted the use of VR to create digital twins of airplanes for engineers to collaboratively design, troubleshoot and virtually maintain them.

          Logistics and Supply Chain:
Through real-time tracking of goods, optimized delivery routes, and simulated warehouse layouts, logistics companies could leverage the Metaverse to test different delivery routes and scenarios. By testing out different weather conditions, traffic patterns, and fuel efficiency, they can identify the most efficient routes to meet their supply needs.

         Energy:
Virtual simulations can be used to design and manage power grids for optimized energy distribution and promoting sustainability.

Challenges and considerations.
The exciting possibilities of the Industrial Metaverse come with their own set of challenges.

  • Security: With the rise of cyber-crime as shown in this article by The World Economic Forum about the increased trend, security concerns about protecting sensitive company data within the virtual world need to be addressed.
  • Skilling the Workforce: Fully navigating and utilizing the Industrial Metaverse will require a new skillset for workers. They will have to adapt to virtual environments, data analysis and potentially even learn basic coding. Training programs and workforce development initiatives will have to be implemented to bridge the skill gap.
  • Regulation and Governance: The Metaverse calls for clear regulations regarding how it’s used. Data privacy, intellectual property rights, and safety protocols within this virtual environment need to be addressed to create a secure and trustworthy digital space.

While the Industrial Metaverse might sound like a scene from sci-fi movies, it has the potential to redefine work across various industries. With the Metaverse and rise in IT solutions workers should augment themselves with new skillsets and tools. Workers will need to adapt and develop expertise in areas like data analysis, virtual environment interaction, and basic computer literacy.

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Andronicus Enoch Muwanguzi is a passionate Ugandan writer, novelist, poet and web-developer. He spends his free time reading, writing and jamming to Spotify music.
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