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Cell Tower Digital Twins Analyzed with AI

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A digital twin is the generation or collection of digital data representing a physical object. Most digital twins use a combination of AI and ML, sensor data and real-time 3D to generate a digital simulation of any physical entity. This article looks at the use of cell tower digital twins to reduce visitations and improve safety.

From an article in Mobile World Live.

With AI algorithms and closed-loop automation, operators can create AI-powered digital twins that solve complex, real-world problems at a lower risk level and with faster results.

UScellular CTO Mike Irizarry stated the operator is working with a partner to use generative AI (GenAI) to create digital twins of its cell towers.

Instead of climbing each tower or consulting tower diagrams, drones will capture images and put them in a database that is then pumped into a large language Markov model specifically tuned and optimised for image classification.

The end goal is to have a digital twin of the operator’s cell towers that will allow a person with a VR headset to correlate whether a tower’s antennas are off-line due to storms or other factors.

“It allows you to dispatch someone with the right equipment to fix it in a shorter period of time and much more cost effectively,” Irizarry explained. “That’s an application of generative AI and digital twins we’re looking at, but we’re not there yet”.

Like Google Maps, he noted GenAI and digital twins could also be used to monitor and fix data centres by creating 3D renderings of them.

“I could look at heat and power consumption in a specific data centre without actually visiting it,” he explained.

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