Let’s talk about ‘Intelligent Edge’
We have all heard about ‘intelligent edge’ and more often, we think of it as something that is happening in the world of data centres, typically unrelated to us as data consumers. Intelligent edge is basically a new phenomenon which combines distributed computing power with highly intelligent and perceptive end user devices and apps, to enable a whole lot of what we do today and what we will do in the future.
So we, the data consumers are driving the creation of this massive ecosystem through our evolving ‘digital habits’!
Here is a highly current example of how the ‘intelligent edge’ and ‘we, the consumers’ are highly co-dependent on each other!
Owing to the Covid-19 crisis, these days, we are all at home. Which means, work from home, work for home and of course a whole lot of virtual meetings, video conferences and the much needed ‘netflix and chill’ time. All of the above is highly real-time and it means that data travel time needs to drastically go down to cater to our needs. This is exactly why we need the intelligent edge, more than ever.
Top 5 ways in which you and me will drive the need for the ‘intelligent edge’
By the time we emerge stronger out of this current coronavirus situation, there will be a new normal in our lives. This new normal, along with lots of current normal will actually make intelligent edge all the more important.
The growing role of virtual assistants in our lives
AI driven virtual assistants like Alexa, Google home and Siri are a part of our lives now. As they (virtual assistants) interact with us more and understand the complex nuances of our language and lives, they constantly need to upgrade their intelligence to respond to us better. As more and more such devices make way to our homes, service providers will struggle to handle so many requests and edge ecosystem architecture will actually intelligently process these requests closer to the user.
Good old streaming
While binge watching our favourite shows, we actually don’t realise that all this massive content delivery is not possible without a robust edge ecosystem. Surely, streaming the Game of Thrones latest episode at 6 AM IST on hotstar couldn’t have happened without edge. As we move into the next league with immersive streaming, the edge becomes even more critical.
The growing number of smart cities
As compared to AI and high octane real time gaming, this is might seem a boring one. But smart cities make way for cooler lives. In countries like India, over 100 smart cities are planned in the near future. As cities become smart, there will be mammoth data processing, millions of IoT devices will communicate with each other and mission critical actions will depend on these communications. Again, edge intelligence will enable cities to become digital and smart.
Healthcare in the post Coronavirus times
Yes. Healthcare is on everyone’s mind. We all agree that in the post corona times, we need healthcare to combat such powerful adversaries. IoT wearables and medical devices will uncover new possibilities like gathering, analysing and actioning patient level data in real time. Imagine a time where symptoms are clocked in real-time and online prescriptions are delivered through a synced delivery taskforce. Intelligent edge is that superhero, which will make this implementable at scale.
Ah! At last we have to mention autonomous vehicles
Autonomous driving makes way into every ‘futuristic’ discussion in the technology space. And edge ecosystem is no exception. When driverless cars will be out there on the roads, the difference between a smooth ride and an unfortunate collision will be fast response times. How fast? Less than 1 ms (which is 200% faster than the blink of an eye). Needless to say, intelligent edge will be the force behind this too!