Analytics at Edge
One of the primary appeals of IoT within the built environment is the ability to connect to existing data-rich devices and equipment for greater analysis and insight into their operation and performance. Over the past couple of years, we have seen clear movement toward computing and intelligence to the edge. With it, the industry is moving towards a distributed data architecture where multiple nodes work together to perform analytics at the edge.
Computing and analytics are increasingly beginning to reside at the equipment and device sources, enabling data to be generated faster, more efficiently and more reliably than ever before. The ongoing evolution of micro-processing technology has meant that sufficient computing power to perform the heavy lifting of data analysis can now be performed directly onboard the devices themselves. This evolution is happening because of the need to streamline the amount and types of data, reduce latency and manage bandwidth, reduce the amount of data sent to the cloud, reduce complexity, decrease network, improve system response time and decrease potential failure points. The result is the advent of Edge Analytics.
So, what is Edge Analytics? It's an approach that provides analytics at the point of data collection, on devices themselves and in the gateways at the edge of the network close to the things that are the source of the data, such as sensors, controllers, equipment, and machines residing in a building, campus, and or control rooms. Also known as distributed analytics, it means analytics is performed at the point where (or very close to where) the data is collected (at the device level) rather than being required to be sent back to the Cloud before any value can be derived.
We recognize that the ever-increasing flow of data and analytics must be managed more efficiently to optimize information utilization, reduce costs, and improve business performance. Edge analytics clearly offers many benefits. By incorporating “analytics at the edge”, facility management operations can rapidly accelerate processes, reduce data storage and data transfer costs and improve system resilience and performance.
The flexibility and power of edge devices makes them useful in a wide variety of applications and built environments. By offering facility owners and operators an opportunity to improve data processing and analytics locally at the device level, edge devices are an attractive tool for facilities of all shapes and sizes. For these reasons, edge devices will continue to drive change in the built environment over the next decade.
I think it's important to point out that the edge computing and analytics will not replace the Cloud but rather complement it. They will however, bring more efficiency, resilience, flexibility, security and simplicity to the effort. Analytics at the edge ensures that the data resulting from equipment and devices is the best you can get, so that the premises and the conclusions derived can be followed and acted upon within a timeframe in which is needed and required to deliver the maximum value and business outcomes.
In conclusion, we can expect more analytics to move even closer to the edge and become ingrained in the same devices that are generating the data, creating even greater possibilities for inter-device intelligence and interactions and better optimized user experiences. As access to data and the use of analytics becomes mandatory, not optional, demand increases to make computing and analytics availability at the edge as non-negotiable.
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In-Building Wireless and Emerging 5G and CBRS Technology – The Potential Impact on Commercial Real Estate - 12/13/2018
There are nearly 5B mobile phone users in the world today. We’ve recently surpassed the 50% mark and now over half are smartphone users who are gobbling up bandwidth with live media and immersive content faster than the carriers can supply it. And with so many IoT devices coming online, from video security to automobiles, the demand is increasing exponentially. Although still a couple of years away, 5G and CBRS have not only become hot topics for carriers, telecom equipment manufacturers and end-users, but also building owners and tenants. Despite the high level of interest, there are still numerous questions on how building owners will actually connect with these technologies, and how they’ll impact tenants and visitor’s consumption of data. In this webinar we’ll explore how CRE stakeholders can best prepare to take advantage of these groundbreaking new technologies.
Jon Morris is a 20-year veteran of the telecommunications and wireless industry with deep experience explaining technology and contracting for, developing, and managing wireless real estate. He is currently CEO of Fifth Utility Solutions, an organization that provides advisory and consulting services to the wireless and telecommunications industry.
Mark Horinko is a successful telecom executive with more than 30 years of experience in wireless network strategy, network architecture and design, product development and large –scale network operations. As President of Airwavz, Mark is responsible for multiple, large-scale wireless and telecommunications network deployment projects totaling more than $1billion as well as development of five new industry-changing business and operational models.
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Soyola Baasan founded DASpedia, an enterprise cellular coverage testing and training firm, in August 2014. He brings 20 years of telecommunication industry experience including fiber optics, RF components, and wireless systems. Soyola provides industry guidance to DASpedia and runs its operation as a managing director.