In the years to come, the amount of data will literally explode. This applies both to data traffic per person and to data produced per day in industrial environments such as a production hall. Although the cloud plays a major role in this, the growing “Internet of Things” market will make a technology increasingly important: Edge Computing.
In Edge Computing, data streams are processed where they originate. The data is bundled on small computers in the networked factory. If, for example, a mobile platform moves through the production hall, it is easier to retrieve the information from the edge. There is no need to query data from a data center. The cloud is relieved because the nodes only provide the information for a specific area. Cloud and edge computing are therefore technologies that do not exclude each other but cooperate with each other.
After the data has been processed locally, it is limited and passed on in encrypted form. Local pre-processing conserves resources and only processes and forwards data previously defined as relevant, such as data used to improve processes in factories. Since not all information goes into the cloud, speed is increased. The fragmentation of the data and the forwarding of less relevant information means that processes can no longer be traced by the external reader. This ensures a high level of security and protects technologies from the outside world. This aspect is complemented by high cost savings. The Edge therefore appears to be a real alternative with a view to the future.