Moving from the core to the edge

Scaling to support the Internet of Things’ trillions of sensors and billions of systems

By Janice Blondeau

The IEC has initiated a White Paper dedicated to Vertical Edge Intelligence in cooperation with Fraunhofer Institute’s FOKUS NGNI

cloud computing and storage concept Edge intelligence shifts processing for data intensive and processing applications to the edge of the network, away from the core

Trillions of sensors and billions of systems

According to International Data Corporation (IDC), to enable and realize the true value of the Internet of Things, edge intelligence, which shifts processing for data intensive and processing applications away from the core to the edge of the network, continues to expand.  Les Santiago, research director, Wireless and IoT Semiconductors at IDC, says, “A radical transformation is underway from the cloud to the edge of every major system. In an effort to address the opportunity, both edge and cloud infrastructure need to continue to scale and support trillions of sensors and billions of systems.” 

The growth of edge intelligence

As processors, microcontrollers, and connectivity are embedded into a plethora of new devices, edge intelligence in smart appliances, wearables, industrial machines, automotive driver assistance sytems, smart buildings, and the like continues to increase. 

This means that several IT and Operational Technology (OT) industries are moving closer towards the edge of the network so that aspects such as real time networks, security capabilities to ensure cybersecurity, self-learning solutions and personalized/customized connectivity can be addressed. 

New IEC White Paper initiated

Members of the IEC Market Strategy Board (MSB) have initiated a project to produce a White Paper on Vertical Edge Intelligence. The project experts were recruited from the IEC, Huawei, Mitsubishi, SAP, Johnson Controls International and Fraunhofer FOKUS NGNI, the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communications Systems - Software-based Networks (Germany). 

The goal of the project is to explore market potential and vertical use-case requirements, analyze gaps and produce recommendations for adopting Vertical Edge Intelligence technologies. 

The kick-off meeting took place on 21 and 22 November at FOKUS. The next meeting will be hosted in Shenzhen, China, on 24 and 25 January and will include new experts from the IEC. The resulting White Paper will be published by the IEC in October 2017. 

The IEC Market Strategy Board

The Market Strategy Board was set up by the IEC to identify the principal technology trends and market needs in the IEC fields of activity. The MSB helps maximize market input and establishes priorities for IEC technical and conformity assessment work, enhancing the response of the Commission to the needs of innovative and fast-moving markets. Its members comprise Chief Technology Officers of major international corporations. 

FOKUS, the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communications Systems

Fraunhofer FOKUS researches digital transformation and its impact on society, economics and technology. Since 1988 it supports commercial enterprises and public administration in the shaping and implementation of the digital transformation. 

For this purpose, Fraunhofer FOKUS offers research services ranging from requirements analysis to consulting, feasibility studies, technology development right up to prototypes and pilots in the following business segments: Digital Public Services, Future Applications and Media, Quality Engineering, Smart Mobility, Software-Based Networks, Networked Security, Visual Computing and Analytics. 

With 424 employees in Berlin and an annual budget of approximately EUR 30 million, Fraunhofer FOKUS is the largest ICT institute of the Fraunhofer Society. Over 70% of its budget is generated through projects from industry and the public domain.

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