Evolution of Edge: Top trends driving the technology in 2021

Edge computing is here to stay. In fact, IDC estimates the number of connected devices will reach 55.7 billion by 2025. But before diving into how I expect edge to evolve in the upcoming year, I want to share how I define the technology:

What is edge computing? In simple terms, it is processing, analyzing and acting on data where it is created and actions are taken. Where is it being created? Locations that are out of the cloud or the main data center – warehouses, stores,...

Intel’s new RealSense ID system uses on-device AI for facial authentication

Intel has debuted a new camera system called RealSense ID which uses on-device AI for facial authentication.

RealSense ID is designed for a range of applications including smart locks, access control, point-of-sale, ATMs, kiosks, and more.

An on-device active depth sensor is combined with a neural network to perform secure facial authentication at the edge.

Sagi Ben Moshe, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Emerging Growth and Incubation at...

Opinion: Bringing colocation closer to the edge

Seamlessly reliable and responsive applications are now expected by consumers and businesses: from video conferencing and content streaming to gaming and software distribution. Furthermore, ultra-low latency in the sub 10ms range, and so well below the current 50 – 150ms of Content Delivery Networks, is seen as essential in delivering future 5G and IoT enabled technologies and applications: from driverless vehicles to remote surgery and automated factories.  

Moving data...

Litmus and Google Cloud establish industrial edge partnership

Edge computing firm Litmus has established a partnership with Google Cloud for industrial applications.

Litmus Edge, the company’s flagship platform, will enable customers to gather industrial data from their assets and have it readily available in Google Cloud.

John Younes, Co-founder and COO of Litmus, said:

“Litmus Edge is a modern edge platform, purpose-built for industry and to bridge factory floors to the Cloud, so this partnership with Google...

Juniper Research: Edge investments by MNOs will reach $8.3B by 2025

Juniper Research predicts investments by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) in Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) will exceed $8 billion by 2025.

The analysts expect MNOs on MEC to swell from $2.7 billion in 2020 to around $8.3 billion in 2025.

In tandem with the spending increase, Juniper predicts the number of deployed MEC nodes will increase from 230,000 globally in 2020 to over two million in 2025.

Edge computing has been around in early forms since the late...

Altran’s new 5G ‘Lab-as-a-Service’ provides an edge testing ground

Altran, a subsidiary of Capgemini, has opened a new 5G lab and is offering access “as-a-Service” for testing edge solutions.

The lab is physically based in Fundão, Portugal and enables telcos, enterprises, and OEMs to test edge solutions in a controlled environment.

Hardware and software are often used from a number of different vendors in any one network. Altran’s lab helps with testing interoperability and performance between equipment alongside experienced...

Veea lends the LoRa Alliance its edge computing expertise

Veea has joined the LoRa Alliance and will provide its edge computing expertise to the IoT partnership.

The non-profit LoRa Alliance has over 500 members and is committed to enabling the large-scale deployment of Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) IoT through the development and promotion of the open LoRaWAN standard.

LoRaWAN is currently used in over 160 countries and by more than 140 major mobile operators around the world. The LoRaWAN certification programme...

Vodafone will begin its European MEC rollout in the UK

Vodafone Business has announced a new service which combines the company’s 5G network with the ultrafast response times of distributed Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) technology.

The company is set to open its first MEC and 5G commercial centre in London in spring 2021. The low latency zone will extend to Cambridge, Oxford, Birmingham, Bristol, and Cardiff, as well as many towns home to tech firms along the M4 motorway corridor and parts of Wales and...

NexOptic brings edge imaging AI expertise to Arm’s Partner Program

NexOptic is joining Arm’s Partner Program to simplify the deployment of imaging AI on edge devices.

Arm’s Partner Program is an initiative aimed at establishing strategic alliances which enhance the Arm ecosystem. All partners go through a robust audit process to gain Arm’s valuable recommendation for their specific field.

NexOptic specialises in using AI to enhance imaging solutions which can be deployed on IoT edge devices in addition to smartphones, laptops, and...

Red Hat launches new edge capabilities alongside improved architecture

Open-source software giant Red Hat has launched several new edge capabilities for enterprises alongside an improved architecture.

IDC forecasts that global spending on edge computing will reach around $250.6 billion in 2024. The company’s analysts say that spending on edge software will account for approximately 21 percent of that spend.

Dave McCarthy, Research Director of Edge Strategies at IDC, says:

"Edge products and services are powering the next wave of...