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Digital twin solution launched to visualise and support 5G telecom towers

Developed through the Bentley Acceleration Initiatives investment fund and incubator, the solution provides 3D visualisation, real-time decision-support and predictive design from the ground up.

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The digital co-venture has developed a digital twin for 5G telecom towers
The digital co-venture has developed a digital twin for 5G telecom towers

Infrastructure engineering software specialist Bentley Systems is launching a digital twin solution for 5G telecom towers that provides owners with 3D visualisation, real-time decision-support and predictive design from the ground up.

 

It has been developed through the Bentley Acceleration Initiatives investment fund and incubator, which aims to bring together ecosystem partners to accelerate innovation in the emerging area of infrastructure digital twins.

 

Digital co-venture

 

OpenTower iQ is powered by Bentley’s iTwin technology and is the result of a digital co-venture between Bentley and Visual Intelligence, a Houston, Texas-based sensor technology company, and Aeroprotechnik, an aerial inspection engineering company based in Viseu, Portugal.

 

As the demand for data continues to grow, tower companies and engineering firms are looking for all-inclusive, engineering-grade solutions to co-locate, modify, and maintain telecom infrastructure for the 5G roll-out.

 

Bentley claims that OpenTower iQ makes it easy to modify existing towers and maintain accurate models, automating the repetitive work of producing as-built models and using artificial intelligence to detect critical components.

 

Tower companies can use OpenTower iQ to monitor the health of their towers and gain access to shared, secured data through a portal. Data analytics provide cost-benefit analysis to boost operational efficiency and revenue assurance. Improved accuracy of tower inspections and smart inventory management saves time, cost, and improves safety.

 

OpenTower iQ is designed to handle the large asset portfolios of operators, processing and analysing 10s of thousands of towers.

“The objective of Bentley Acceleration Initiatives is to incubate new businesses and augment existing ones using Bentley iTwin technologies”

To accelerate the launch of OpenTower iQ, Bentley Acceleration Initiatives acquired digital twin technology from Aeroprotechnik, a leading aerial inspection engineering company that specialises in automated asset data capture and digitalisation solutions. The technology included artificial intelligence and reality modelling capabilities that provide detailed information on current site conditions, which helps tower companies speed up rollouts, enhance decision-making, and shorten sales cycles.

 

Bentley Acceleration Initiatives also partnered with Visual Intelligence whose patented dual-sensor drone technology digitalises physical infrastructure with millimetre accuracy to deliver 3D, engineering-grade asset intelligence. Visual Intelligence is able to map more measurable surface area than alternative aerial and ground-based methods. Its patented drone sensor technology has the ability to capture the components of a tower including bolts, wires, ladders, and other items with an extremely high degree of accuracy that was not previously possible, the company claims.

 

Bentley reports that with a millimetre accurate digital twin, a tower company can virtually inspect their tower, see if it has been constructed correctly, determine if the tower’s structural integrity is intact, and run co-location scenarios.

 

“The objective of Bentley Acceleration Initiatives is to incubate new businesses and augment existing ones using Bentley iTwin technologies,” said Santanu Das, senior vice president, chief acceleration officer, Bentley Acceleration Initiatives. “We provide a go-to-market accelerator to rapidly bring to users the innovative ideas from Bentley’s research and development in partnership with emerging industry leaders and technology specialists such as Visual Intelligence and Aeroprotechnik.

 

“Bentley Acceleration Initiatives helped incubate OpenTower iQ by funding its development, seeking out technology partnerships to fill whitespaces, and creating a comprehensive go-to-market strategy.”

 

“Our next step is to invite additional interested ecosystem partners to kick start new digital integrator services to capture huge emerging opportunities for enterprise integration and implementation for towers,” Das added.

 

“The telecom industry is going through a rapid transformation as multi-network operators are expanding their portfolios through consolidation and moving from a 4G platform to 5G. Without a doubt, digital twin solutions like OpenTower iQ, powered by iTwin, will help tower owners make the most of the industry’s burgeoning opportunities.”

 

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