Friday, 15 October 2021
We’re at the precipice of an impending shift to 5G and it has huge implications for edge cloud IoT applications. It’s time that you make plans to embrace the convergence of disruptive technologies and be on the right side of the game.
Edge cloud, also known as fog computing, refers to the decentralization of data processing on the cloud. It is akin to a typical cloud setup but with data processing happening at the edge of the network.
Data is processed the moment it’s produced, sparing the central server from the mammoth task of segregating and working through an enormous stream of data. This results in a reduced latency on the connected devices as data no longer clogged the network nor rely on a centralized processor.
Edge cloud has made possible Internet of Things (IoT) applications like smart home appliances, wearable tech, telemetry, smart vehicles, and smart sensors. These connected devices are built with local processing capability to strike a balance between responsiveness and cloud connectivity.
5G is the new catalyst that will take edge cloud and IoT to the next level. It brings a significant upgrade to last-mile communications for autonomous solutions and remote/mobile devices with sensors.
Compared to 4G, 5G offers a hundredfold increase in the data transfer rate. 5G’s ultra-fast 30Gbps data rate dwarfed its predecessors of 300 Mbps. It is the much-awaited solution to the congested data pipeline that is plaguing the IoT industry.
5G’s superior data rate and wider bandwidth mean a larger number of sensors can be connected to the cloud at any one time. It provides a low-latency data superhighway where IoT devices can respond near-instantaneously from sensor data.
Making the most of edge cloud and 5G for IoT requires mastering the connectivity of these technologies. It is only through planning, strategizing and execution that industry leaders can benefit from the convergence of these technologies.
While charting the 5G + edge cloud IoT roadmap isn’t a simple process, companies have very strong motivations to do so. These technologies will redefine industries in ways that challenge conventional limits.
The autonomous vehicle industry, which has been plagued with limitations, is about to get a boost with the ultra-wide bandwidth of 5G. Self-driving cars require enormous information to be moved around in the cloud to operate safely.
5G satisfies the demand of 25 Gb per hour upload rate, where data from the advanced driver assistance system (ADAS), such as the high-resolution cameras. The ultra-fast data pipeline ensures that the vehicle does not pose a danger to other road users.
The entertainment industry is also poised to benefit from the 5G cloud edge IoT. Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) has found its way to live venues, such as stadiums and arenas. With the emergence of 5G, thousands of event-goers will have concurrent access to a more immersive, high-quality virtual experience.
In the long run, 5G also serves as a cost-effective alternative to the satellite data link. Commercial drones are one of the applications that will see less reliance on satellite data as they shift towards 5G. Besides, 5G also improves the drone’s reliability as it reduces the chances of collision and prolonged safe flight distance.
Now, if you’re building IoT applications, you may want to revisit your development strategies. A wider bandwidth, low latency network and a more responsive application demands for quicker rollouts and support. And this brings us to the next section.
As edge cloud IoT goes through lightning speed transformation, developers need to keep up with the breathtaking pace by adopting agile principles and continuous delivery. Therefore, it's imperative for your team of developers to adopt the DevOp cultures, if they haven't already.
DevOps breaks down the barrier between the development and operational team and it promotes cross-functional collaboration between them. The outcome? Better collaboration, reliability and delivery.
Naturally, a fast-moving team will find CI/CD, or Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery, helpful for edge cloud IoT solutions. With CI/CD, developers push small incremental changes to the cloud while minimizing the risk to a fleet of connected IoT devices.
Adopting DevOps and CI/CD is an effort that requires a top-down approach. It is a cultural transformation that needs to be undertaken by a company to keep up with the evolution of edge cloud IoT.
Of course, developers are only part of a successful edge cloud IoT rollout. Industrial players need to have a comprehensive plan to steer their companies forward.
Here are the key steps to prepare for 5G edge cloud IoT.
You don’t want to get left behind when edge cloud IoT takes a quantum leap when 5G is rolled out. Time is ticking even as you’re reading this piece of insight. We’ve shown you how 5G and edge cloud will have a huge impact on IoT.
Now it’s your turn to turn our suggestions into action.
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