Growth of Technological Conveniences with the Internet of Things

At home and in business, the Internet of Things (IoT) is making life a lot easier and more efficient. From remote control temperature of your house to businesses knowing exactly what your spending habits look like, all of this is being done through the utilization of IoT.  With predictions by Ericsson of 18 billion IoT devices worldwide by 2022 and current U.S. smartphone ownership at 80% according to comScore, IoT is big and on the road to getting even bigger.  Life is becoming increasingly more high tech to the point of entering into the municipal services sector with smart city solutions such as streamlining community garbage collection through built-in garbage can sensors and the agricultural business is being enhanced through soil sensors.

Some of the most talked about IoT applications are the innovations within the automotive industry and what that means for road safety and reliability with total vehicle automation.  Additionally, for those that are ready for it, total smart home automation is within reach either with one central hub or multiple apps controlling all your devices.  IoT comes with its challenges such as security concerns, but plenty more devices are yet to come reaching beyond both the home and office.  For a look at what’s next, read full article here.


Virginia Leading the Way for Autonomous Technology Programs

The future looks bright for Virginia’s economy as the state continues to be a leader by participating and investing in advancing technologies.  Already making its mark as a key player in the nation’s data center market, Virginia is now making plans to position itself as a national leader in the automation industry.  Back in May, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe created the Autonomous Systems Center of Excellence to serve as a testing facility for autonomous technology across all sectors.  With the influx of Internet of Things (IoT) making their way into the marketplace, edge data centers will be at the heart of crunching the massive amounts of data being generated by smart devices, sensors, surveillance cameras and autonomous vehicles.

Speaking of self- driving cars, on July 19th the Commonwealth Transportation Board voted to approve the testing of those vehicles in High Occupancy Toll lanes of Interstate 95 and 495 in Northern Virginia later this year. Distracted drivers account for a high percentage of car crashes.  Initial phases of testing would have sensors on vehicles that would take over some of the driver’s functions should they not be paying attention and significantly increase safety on the roads. The automation industry is expected to be $82 billion by 2025 and Virginia is going to get its share of the market.

Taking a Closer Look at Edge Landscapes

The proliferation of networked devices in the internet of things (IoT) is one of the driving factors behind edge computing. Processing data at the periphery of the network, as close to the originating source as possible, results in major edge computing benefits such as reduction in response time and network bottlenecks. Architecting IoT solutions by bringing the advantages of cloud computing closer to the data source optimizes response times for either good user experiences or to avoid dangerous situations. However, there are many types of edged landscapes depending on the environment and the data being processed.

A recent article discussing the various types of edge computing models identifies them as: the personal edge, the business edge and the cloudy edge. Each type takes into consideration the systems needed to sense, process and act based on a different set of circumstances for an intended outcome.  As the IoT takes hold, the business edge is most often currently being discussed especially in reference to mission critical data. However, more insights will be gained at the personal edge as advances are made in smart home devices and digital health initiatives. For a deeper dive into the various types of edges, read full article here.