Origami taps Ocado CTO in digital twin push

Clarke: In tune with the algorithms

Flexibility platform provider Origami has appointed Ocado chief technology officer Paul Clarke to its advisory board.

The firm hopes to tap Clarke’s experience and network, plus his insight into digital twin development.

Digital twins are essentially a digital replication of a company or network of assets that mirror physical kit – and change with them. They are seen as a way to optimise real world operations, using machine learning, artificial intelligence and software analytics.

“Paul is working with Centre for Digital Built Britain and others to develop a national digital twin; a virtual representation of the real-world environment,” said Origami CEO, Peter Bance. “Using digital twins de-risks large projects and helps businesses understand how changes in process, technology, and business models can quickly expose new risks and opportunities. We look forward to working with Paul to explore the huge opportunities available in using digital twins in the energy industry.”

Clarke sits on advisory boards including, the AI Council, Robotics Growth Partnership, Robotics and AI in Extreme Environments, Food & Drinks Sector Innovation Group and he chairs the CBI Innovation Council.

He suggested Origami is “perfectly placed to lead the digital transformation of the energy industry”.

Origami last year raised a further £18.6m from investors including Aggreko, which owns a 14 per cent stake in the company.

Since then it has signed licensing agreements with companies including SSE and hired senior software as a service executives in a bid to sell its platform globally.

Fred Olsen and Octopus Investments are also investors, alongside Cambridge Innovation Capital.

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