Nothing escapes the Edge. 5 smart applications that will change the way you live, work and relax

Billions of smart applications are heading our way, and as a result, a plethora of edge data centres will be deployed across the globe supported by hyperscale facilities.

By integrating edge devices, wireless connectivity and cloud APIs into a single platform, new solutions on the rise will address the complexities that have slowed the deployment of industrial IoT applications.

From Artificial Intelligence to Machine Learning and Deep Learning, Abigail Opiah lists the top five edge applications that are set to change the game today and in the near future.

The Autonomous Car

Driverless cars used to be the sort of thing you’d see in science-fiction films, however, they have rapidly become a reality.

Autonomous car technology is already being developed by the likes of Lexus, BMW and Mercedes, and Tesla who promised to launch “full self-driving” capabilities to hundreds of thousands of cars through an over-the-air update as soon as this year.

Also this year, Toyota announced a partnership worth more than £700m with Japanese rival Suzuki as the two carmakers gear up to invest more in driverless car technology.

Autonomous cars are said to generate terabytes upon terabytes of data per day, and sorting that volume of data will require edge computing, which will be doing the workload inside the car itself instead of relying on a removed data centre.

Gaming as a Service

There is no disputing the power of the ever-expanding video game market. Research on cloud gaming shows a growing market generating $387m in consumer spending in 2018, which is forecast to expand to $2.5bn over the next five years, according to IHS Markit.

Edge computing paints a picture of a better tomorrow in the world of cloud and mobile gaming and promises better gaming experiences by lowering latency and improving accessibility at a more affordable cost to gamers.

With workloads set to run at the edge of the network (instead of being sent to a few centralised locations for processing), data need only travel the minimum essential distance, reducing connected lag time, and permitting more interactive and immersive in-game experiences.


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Smart Agriculture

Smart Farming is a farming management concept using modern technology to increase the quantity and quality of agricultural products. Farmers in the 21st century have access to GPS, soil scanning, data management, and Internet of Things technologies. The core of the IoT is the data — and more data. To optimise the farming process, IoT devices installed on a farm should collect and process data in a repeated cycle that enables farmers to quickly react to emerging issues and changes in ambient conditions. The possibilities are endless, from automation in smart greenhouses, to precision livestock farming and agricultural drones, all in the aid of farming’s transition to the edge.

Smart Cities

Frost & Sullivan predicts that by 2025 more than 25 Global Cities will be Smart Cities, with over half of them located in Europe and North America.

With that being said, it is no secret that Smart Cities have become a global phenomenon. But what is a Smart City and what has it got to do with the edge?

A Smart City is an urban area that uses different types of electronic Internet of Things sensors to collect data and then use the data to manage assets and resources efficiently.

Smart Cities use data and technology to create efficiencies, improve sustainability, create economic development, and enhance quality of life factors for people living and working in the city.

It also means that the city has a smarter energy infrastructure. Tomorrow’s Smart Cities will rely on edge computing infrastructure to leverage the most out of the up-and-coming data-driven tech of the future.

Healthcare at the Edge

Healthcare is arguably the most important sector that will benefit from at the edge.

There are key technological developments affecting healthcare with the use of Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning and Deep Learning.

IoT has opened up a world of possibilities in medicine, from smart monitoring system for cancer treatments right through to the Apple Watch app that monitors depression.

One thing that is clear is the used of deep analytics that is set to increase the quality of care in the near future.

Healthcare at the edge means that the care of patients is no longer tied to the physical location of the hospital, and they can get extended access to healthcare systems — not just healthcare facilities.

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