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What is Edge Computing?

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Gartner predicts that, by 2025, the amount of enterprise-generated data created and processed outside of a traditional centralized data center or cloud – otherwise known as edge computing – will reach 75 percent. This is significant because, as the amount of data increases, streaming information through the cloud or a data center becomes remarkably inefficient.

Edge computing functions closer to the request point, minimizing the need for data transfer. Where cloud computing relies on Big Data, edge computing operates on Instant Data which requires real-time data processing. In essence, edge computing methods pick up where the cloud leaves off – it reduces the volume of data that must be moved and the distance it must travel. With people having higher expectations of their devices through increased internet connectivity and data security, speed and function become critical – there is no margin for error.

So, what does edge computing have to do with WiFi Motion?

Edge computing may sound like something that happens deep in a lab somewhere, but really, it’s happening all around us in a variety of different ways. For example, through our WiFi Motion technology, radio frequency disturbances (motion) in a home are recorded through the router and connected IoT devices. Edge computing is then used to apply analytics and add context to the motion, so that actionable data can be communicated to user devices.

Consumers may be unaware of what’s happening beneath the surface, but edge computing is critical to the function of our technology and the key to maintaining a fantastic user experience.

Why?

  • Reduced cloud upload and download time result in low data transfer costs
  • System latency, CPU usage and LAN utilization stay low, which allows speed to remain high
  • Ability to interact directly with IoT devices, bypassing the cloud entirely
  • Reduced data transfer to the cloud reduces risk of remote hacking

These benefits add up to a seamless user experience, which is what our customers are striving to provide for their end consumer. By adding WiFi Motion to routers and gateways, OEM’s can offer a competitive advantage which enhances the overall experience without sacrificing speed. Through edge computing, we aim to help our customers meet their business goals including net promoter score, reduced returns and more.

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