Edge and Robotics

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In future, as robots become mobile and able to interact with people, significant increases in production throughput should be achievable along with greater product quality and operator safety. To maintain exceptionally low latency throughout this reimagined factory, it will be necessary to rely heavily on Edge computing within the network. Edge computing essentially brings intelligence and functionality to the “edges” of a network where the actual applications reside.

If hundreds of robots and IoT devices are working in tandem, the edge infrastructure requirements will be significant. According to the global market intelligence firm IDC (International Data Corporation), at least 40 percent of IoT-created data will be stored, processed, analyzed, and acted upon close to or at the edge of the network.