Real World Use Cases for Intelligent Edge Infrastructure

By Ken Briodagh April 26, 2022

The Intelligent Edge is being integrated into nearly every industry and now that aging infrastructure is being updated all over the world, Intelligent Edge Infrastructure is gaining traction as a growing segment of the market thanks to the results that Enterprises and Smart City initiatives are already seeing.

Market & Markets has estimated the Edge Computing market to grow to $9 billion by 2024, growing more than 25 percent each year. The report predicts rising demand for low-latency processing and real-time, automated decision-making solutions, and the need to address and manage exponentially increasing data volumes and network traffic as key drivers of that growth.

But how is this growth being reflected in the real world?

One major industry that’s deploying Edge Infrastructure for great benefit already is the green and renewable energy sector. In a recent interview with Michael Clegg, VP and GM, 5G & Edge Solutions, Supermicro, he talked about how moving processing to the edge is inherently more power efficient, which serves to make renewable energy even more valuable along transportation hubs and for Smart City.

“Lower power CPUs and GPUs can be deployed at the edge today,” said Clegg. “Single socket servers now have similar performance and capabilities with lower power requirements compared to previous generations’ dual-socket servers. Thus, the overall power needs are lower than earlier servers, enabling these systems to be installed in diverse environments.”

Clegg will be speaking on these topics at the Intelligent Infrastructure event taking place April 28-29 in Austin, TX. Click here to register now and catch his insights in person.

Of course, energy leads us right to another market that is beginning to invest in Intelligent Edge Infrastructure: the Smart City. There are many to point to , but some key municipalities doing this work include the cities of Philadelphia and Las Vegas, and on US military bases, including at the Texas Military Department’s Camp Mabry.

As an interesting test case that also will be examined at the Intelligent Infrastructure event, LuxTurrim is a Nokia Bell Labs project that developed and demonstrated intelligent infrastructure for smart cities. It operated through an ecosystem of partners that developed several new smart infrastructure designs incorporating a variety of sensors, new materials, data processing and analytical platforms along with new service, operation & business models enabling smart city services.

One of the most important sectors putting Intelligent Edge into Infrastructure planning is in Transportation. The US Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is explicitly set to leverage Edge Infrastructure and Computing to improve and enhance the operations and data collection from roads, bridges and rails, among many other goals, and has dedicated $1.2 trillion in spending to those goals over a decade.

For a deep dive into Intelligent Edge Infrastructure and how companies are getting involved and invested, check out the Intelligent Infrastructure event.

Ken Briodagh is a storyteller, writer and editor with about two decades of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.

Edited by Maurice Nagle
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