We discuss the following topics in this blog:
- Organisations Leveraging Edge Computing.
- Can Intelligent Data-Backed Edge Computing Come to the Rescue?
- How Does Intelligent Edge Bring in Business Value?
In addition to these topics, we shall also be answering the following FAQs:
- What is WiFi?
- What is an Optical Fibre Cable?
How are Organisations Leveraging Edge Computing?
Organisations are using edge computing to create smart cities, smart buildings, smart shop floors and smart automobiles. But is ‘smart’ enough in the longer run? In this fast-paced world, where things are changing by the second, what is needed is much more. What is needed is to embed ‘intelligence’ in manufacturing. And hence, organisations are bringing in the ‘Intelligent Edge’ to edge computing.
Can Intelligent Data-Backed Edge Computing Come to the Rescue?
The continuous rise in cloud computing, analytics, IoT and mobile computing, has put a strain on the networking bandwidth. Hence, edge computing technology emerged as an alternative solution wherein computing resources are placed closer to where data originates to reduce the need to transfer data back and forth to centralised computing locations. This brought hyper-local storage and processing capacity right at the edge of the network providing low-latency data processing.
However, this is not enough !!
There is a need to bring “intelligence at the edge” to yield deeper insights that can help transform businesses faster. Intelligent Edge brings in analytics capabilities to the processes right where the action is, instead of traditionally being confined to on-premises or cloud data centers.
For instance, an autonomous car would need data analytics in the time span of one-millionth of a second to make a decision for manoeuvring through a real time traffic situation. This is where intelligent edge plays its role. Similar can be the requirements on a battle field, a robotic surgery, remote monitoring of factories or managing smart cities.
It is the responsiveness added to intelligent IoT devices which will fuel the growth of digital transformation and it can only happen by bringing in the Intelligent Edge to these devices.
Intelligent Edge constantly aligns the processes with the ever-changing business landscape helping enterprises to chase their goals.
How Does Intelligent Edge Bring in Business Value?
- Heightens process experimentation and innovation
- Intelligent edge-points of devices and systems not just interconnect the devices, but also enable rapid experimentation and innovation, critical analytics and real-time insights and decision-making.
- Ability to compute with agility: Systems can compute data, provide quick access to applications, and get deep insights into the process and devices strengthening the products and services.
- Brings in real-time capabilities: The world is surging toward IoT devices where real time responsiveness is of utmost criticality, Intelligent Edge driven by AI and analytics, brings in that split-second response time essential to run such programmes.
Intelligent Edge is being applied to huge array of industries such as transportation, energy, Government and public services, healthcare and retail to revolutionise the processes.
Intelligent Edge Computing is taking IoT to the next level by building AI and advanced analytics directly into the devices and systems making processes more agile, cost savings, efficiency improving and ultimately providing higher customer satisfaction.
If you haven’t thought about the IoT strategy of your organisation, it is high time that you do, and reap the benefits of Intelligent Edge.
What is WiFi?
Put simply, WiFi is a technology that uses radio waves to create a wireless network through which devices like mobile phones, computers, printers, etc., connect to the internet. A wireless router is needed to establish a WiFi hotspot that people in its vicinity may use to access internet services. You’re sure to have encountered such a WiFi hotspot in houses, offices, restaurants, etc.
To get a little more technical, WiFi works by enabling a Wireless Local Area Network or WLAN that allows devices connected to it to exchange signals with the internet via a router. The frequencies of these signals are either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz bandwidths. These frequencies are much higher than those transmitted to or by radios, mobile phones, and televisions since WiFi signals need to carry significantly higher amounts of data. The networking standards are variants of 802.11, of which there are several (802.11a, 802.11b, 801.11g, etc.).
What is an Optical Fibre Cable?
An optical fibre cable is a cable type that has a few to hundreds of optical fibres bundled together within a protective plastic coating. They help carry digital data in the form of light pulses across large distances at faster speeds. For this, they need to be installed or deployed either underground or aerially. Standalone fibres cannot be buried or hanged so fibres are bunched together as cables for the transmission of data.
This is done to protect the fibre from stress, moisture, temperature changes and other externalities. There are three main components of a optical fibre cable, core (It carries the light and is made of pure silicon dioxide (SiO2) with dopants such as germania, phosphorous pentoxide, or alumina to raise the refractive index; Typical glass cores range from as small as 3.7um up to 200um), Cladding (Cladding surrounds the core and has a lower refractive index than the core, it is also made from the same material as the core; 1% refractive index difference is maintained between the core and cladding; Two commonly used diameters are 125µm and 140µm) and Coating (Protective layer that absorbs shocks, physical damage and moisture; The outside diameter of the coating is typically either 250µm or 500µm; Commonly used material for coatings are acrylate,Silicone, carbon, and polyimide).
An optical fibre cable is made up of the following components: Optical fibres – ranging from one to many. Buffer tubes (with different settings), for protection and cushioning of the fibre. Water protection in the tubes – wet or dry. A central strength member (CSM) is the backbone of all cables. Armoured tapes for stranding to bunch the buffer tubes and strength members together. Sheathing or final covering to provide further protection.
The five main reasons that make this technology innovation disruptive are fast communication speed, infinite bandwidth & capacity, low interference, high tensile strength and secure communication. The major usescases of optical fibre cables include intenet connectivity, computer networking, surgery & dentistry, automotive industry, telephony, lighting & decorations, mechanical inspections, cable television, military applications and space.