OT in manufacturing
OT (Operational Technology) at the edge is prevalent in manufacturing plants, oil and gas rigs, healthcare, or wherever immediate data inputs affect a machine output. Machines are continuously connecting to a smart network to deliver actions that can range from moving a part from one conveyer belt to another based on a potential defect it detected a millisecond ago or doctors performing life-saving surgeries with the help of real-time processing machines. The importance of that machine to be able to intake data, process it in real-time, and perform that action is critical. Having compute located directly at the edge can make that requirement more attainable.
IoT in Retail
The retail “experience” is an ever-growing need for businesses to create a demand for in-store shopping. As online retailers continue to dominate a consumer’s wallet, the more intelligent and interactive a store experience is, the more a customer is willing to make the trip in. With beacon data and in-store promotions, guides, and notifications, IoT and edge compute is more critical than ever.
The New Way of Doing IoT
Compute at the edge is the new answer for companies who need lightning fast speed, while still keeping their costs in line. Moving compute down to the edge and away from the data center opens up the reality that real-time compute is possible since data only has to pass from its origination point, to the onsite compute platform, and back to the device. This eliminates latency, security risks, and increases overall IoT performance.