According to Gartner, “Edge computing solutions in industrial settings are poised for rapid growth and innovation, driven by the need for real-time insights and localized action”. In fact, as the number of industrial IoT endpoints – sensors, cameras, control devices – increases, so does the volume of data generated and the need to rapidly process them and get real-time insights. Also, according to Gartner “Not all data needs to be sent to the cloud or core data centre — that would be cost-prohibitive, be bandwidth-intensive, have performance implications or would not be practical, as in the case of remote locations. Therefore, it is imperative to have data aggregation and processing capabilities deployed at the source of data generation as an aid to rapid decision making using near-real-time analytics”. In fact, Gartner recommends that “I&O leaders responsible for cloud and edge infrastructure who are planning for a future data centre infrastructure should (…) address computing requirements at the edge by deploying solutions that implement secure data processing in the device, gateway or edge server, or a combination of these”.
And that’s where edge computing solutions come in, as they make it easier to process data near their source and access IoT applications. Many vendors have recognized that edge computing is essential to Industrial IoT and are gearing up to complete their product portfolio and provide end-to-end solutions. Based on the current situation, Gartner foresees that “by 2025, 30% of new industrial control systems will include analytics and AI-edge inference capabilities, up from less than 5% in 2021. By 2023, at least 75% of “greenfield” IoT projects will use containers for application life cycle management at the edge, up from 30% in 2021. Finally, by 2024, at least 50% of high-end industrial IoT gateways will offer an optional 5G module, up from less than 10% in 2021.”
Reading the Gartner report, you will learn how this trend is shaping the Industrial IoT market, and how it is also reflected in the market of edge computing solutions, which are currently undergoing rapid innovation, especially as far as cloud integration, AI capabilities, analytics, and connectivity are concerned.
Table 3 provides the Representative List of Edge Computing Vendors Focused on Industrial IoT, also including SECO with its SYS- series of boxed gateways and EDGEHOG software platform, which is now part of Clea offering.
(1) Gartner, “Market Guide for Edge Computing Solutions for Industrial IoT”, 17 August 2021, Santosh Rao
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