IT has influenced, assisted and changed the way businesses work around the world. The primary reason for such huge demand for IT in every sector, industry, and business is the way it makes doing business easier. IT has been used to make communications faster, process large amount of information, store and recover data, for automation and management. IT saves time and hence money, for this reason, any new technology which increases the profit margins for a company by reducing the cost of operation or increasing efficiency is always in demand. Cloud Computing is one such example which has been adopted by many businesses around the world and has been doing really well too. But due to technology constraints, some businesses have been unable to benefit from Cloud technology. Businesses which require real-time processing, quicker data response, and minimum latency were unable to use Cloud services, until “Fog Computing” or ”Edge Computing” came into the picture. Edge computing, as the name suggests pushes the processing power to the Edge of the network and hence reduce the data travel time and hence cuts the delay time.
Fog computing is the answer to the constraints which restricted the use of Cloud Computing by various companies. As explained in our article on “Fog computing, is this the future of Cloud Computing”. The application of Fog Computing in businesses has just started picking up the pace as the awareness about what it can do is increasing. Many businesses can now adopt the Cloud Model by integrating Fog Computing concept. Some of the industry leaders who have used and benefited from Fog Computing have already become the guiding light on how Fog Computing can be used by market players who rely on real-time processing. A few companies which are using Fog computing technology are;
A renewable energy company “Envision” based in New York manages over 20,000 turbines and near about 3 million sensors. The company generates about 20 TB of data at any point of time. Moving such high amount of data to a data center takes time and bandwidth. Besides this moving data far away from the source adds delay and reduces actionable time, in some cases making it impossible to respond in time. By using Fog/Edge Computing the company has been able to increase its efficiency by 15% and reduced response time from 10 mins to seconds. Not only has it become possible to do the impossible by moving the processing power to the edge but it has also become profitable for the company.
Another company is PLAT ONE, which has been using Fog/Edge Computing to improve data processing of the data generated by approximately 1 million sensors it manages. The company manages measurements from hundreds of thousands of devices like lighting, parking sensors, port & transportation management sensors and a network of 50,000 coffee machines.
Another upcoming project at California aims to manage traffic lights by monitoring data from millions of vehicles on roads connected by a common app. Using this technology one will not have to wait on traffic lights and hence saves time and fuel cost. It will also help reduce air pollution by cutting time spent on the road waiting for a green signal.
These are the few pioneers of the market who has proved that Fog/Edge Computing can do things which were not possible to do earlier. Fog Computing is sure going to lead Cloud Computing into the new world of opportunities.
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