The number of use scenarios where edge computing can help a business save money or benefit from extremely low latency is increasing along with the amount of internet-connected devices.
For instance, Verizon Business outlines several edge scenarios such as end-of-life quality control procedures for manufacturing equipment, the use of 5G edge networks to generate popup network ecosystems that transform how live content is streamed with millisecond latency, the use of edge-enabled detectors to just provide detailed imagery of crowds in public areas to improve health and safety, and automated manufacturing safety, which uses near real-time tracking to send alerts about potential hazards.By using digital twin technology to create precise models of quality of product in order to learn from production processes
The gear needed for various deployment options will vary greatly. Industrial customers, for instance, would prioritise dependability and low latency, necessitating specialised communication lines (private 5G, specialised Wi-Fi networks, or even cable connections) and rugged edge nodes that really can function in the dangerous world of a manufacturing floor.
While low-latency may still be necessary for trying to coordinate the motion of heavy equipment, connected agriculture users will still need a rugged edge device to handle outdoor deployment. However, the connectivity piece may take on a very different appearance because environmental sensors are more likely to generate greater range and low information requirements. The best option there might be an LP-WAN connection, Sigfox, or something comparable.
Other use cases pose altogether other difficulties. Retailers can employ edge devices as an in-store clearinghouse for just a variety of functions, connecting point-of-sale information with targeted advertising, monitoring foot traffic, and more to create a unified shop management application.
The connectivity component may be straightforward—all devices would have access to the building’s Wi-Fi—or more complicated, with Bluetooth or even other low-power connectivity handling traffic tracking and advertising services and Wi-Fi being saved for point-of-sale or self-checkout.