Ryan Ries, Sr. Director, Data Science & Engineering at Onica, was recently featured in NetworkComputing for his insights on how IoT technology will evolve as 5G networking technology normalizes across the world.
Three’s Not a Crowd: 5G, IoT, and Edge Computing delves into the state of IoT today, the role of edge computing in extending the capabilities of IoT at larger scale deployments as well as the transformation of IoT products and capabilities as the era of 5G communication approaches.
IoT devices have gained tremendous popularity across industries such as agriculture, healthcare, and oil & gas. IoT is seen everywhere from smart home automation products to industrial use such as smart factories. The devices not only improve experience, security, and capability in commercial applications, but on the industrial scale, they show significant improvements in productivity, output, and ROI. With growing capabilities and improving technology, IoT devices are becoming more complex. This extends further to managing and operating them due to complexity in processing, storage, and connectivity requirements.
Ryan Ries explains that edge computing, where processing is performed at the device level instead of in the cloud, reduces the networking and bandwidth requirements as data streamed to the cloud is optimized, significantly accelerating response time. “Edge computing tied with IoT devices made the idea of smart homes and smart factories possible, and the related data more manageable to process on a mass level”.
The pace of IoT adoption and technology improvement, however, is too great for edge computing to continue to offer a viable solution by itself, as the need for growth in networking speed and latency have become apparent. “[Edge Computing] technology relies on network access to receive the important algorithms, machine learning, and processing models necessary to operate. Without additional network bandwidth, it would be incredibly difficult to support a society that relies on increasingly complex IoT devices”.
Enter 5G, a new generation of networking technology that not only dramatically accelerates network bandwidth and speed, but also improves latency, or the time it takes for an action to occur over the internet after it has been triggered, such as a button click.
“Sophisticated IoT applications, like self-driving car technology [rely] on zero latency to safely avoid obstacles and trigger the brakes” mentions Ries. For such powerful IoT applications that can bring significant benefits to society, 5G stands as a foundational backbone. To really see the benefits of 5G however, infrastructural change is necessary as many current legacy “on-premise technologies lack the processing capacity to efficiently handle the large streams of incoming data from 5G’s widened pipe”.
To read the full article, visit NetworkComputing here.
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