A good example of the edge's long-term potential includes healthcare. Computerworld reports on some of the early work in this area, such as processing all the data coming in through wearable devices to alert staff when changes in patient readings require their attention. Removing lag time in data processing could also allow hospitals and clinics to use augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) to help their teams develop skills.
Edge computing will also be critical as more municipalities endeavor to develop into smart cities. A report from construction firm Hill International argues that centralized data processing becomes challenging as data and sensors spread to buildings, utilities and traffic systems. Beyond the efficiencies and speed edge computing infrastructure offers a smart city, the report said the technology can also have a positive environmental impact by reducing energy consumption while boosting revenues through connectivity services and remote toll collection.
In manufacturing, edge computing can allow companies to create intelligent virtual replicas of physical assets, or "digital twins," to improve product design, maintenance and production. An article from Raconteur gives the example of a car manufacturer that used digital twins and edge computing to put a vehicle's engine through a much more extensive series of tests.
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