IDC: Global edge computing investments to hit $232bn in 2024

Analyst firm IDC has got the abacus out again – and has forecast that worldwide spending on edge computing could hit $232 billion (£181.1bn) in 2024.

The figure is an increase of 15.4% on 2023, based on IDC’s Worldwide Edge Spending Guide, with the analyst citing artificial intelligence (AI) use cases as the primary growth driver.

IDC noted various emerging use cases to watch for, ranging from construction and utilities to retail; autonomous mining operations, site...

Lenovo unveils edge AI initiatives across telecoms

MWC MWC has traditionally been the telcos’ playground – and Lenovo is leaning into this with a newly announced series of edge AI collaborations with Deutsche Telekom, Orange, and Telefonica.

The collaborations announced in Barcelona enable the telecom providers to create and deliver a broad array of AI workloads for customers, ranging from automated deployment of edge-to-cloud AI infrastructure, networking, software, orchestration, and management.

Perhaps the most...

Casey’s gets a slice of Acumera’s edge to bolster its convenience stores

Casey’s, the third largest convenience store and fifth largest pizza chain in the United States, is furthering its digital transformation initiatives by employing an edge computing solution for its stores.

The company has selected Acumera Reliant Platform, an edge offering specifically around retail and hospitality, to operate locally in its more than 2,600 locations with high availability and without the need for WAN connectivity.

A primary benefit of the platform is...

Dutch sustainable edge data centre project gets EU green light

A consortium of seven Dutch companies and research institutes has gotten the green light from the European Commission for its project to develop a more sustainable edge data centre.

The MISD (Modular Integrated Sustainable Datacenter) project is under the IPCEI-CIS banner – an ‘important project of common European interest – cloud infrastructure and services’. The European Commission gave the green light to the IPCEI-CIS program on December 5, with funding being provided...

European Commission green lights €1.2bn funding for edge and cloud tech

A pile of Euro notes.

The European Commission has approved an Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI) to support research, development and first industrial deployment of advanced cloud and edge computing technologies across multiple providers in Europe.

The project, called IPCEI Next Generation Cloud Infrastructure and Services (IPCEI CIS), was jointly notified by seven Member States: France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and Spain.

The Member States will...

Edgio looks to protect API threats at edge with latest offering

5G Edge

Distributed edge platform provider Edgio has announced the availability of its new API security solution which utilises machine learning to protect enterprise APIs from evolving threats at the edge.

The company explains its rationale for such a product thus: “The rapid growth of APIs used to build microservices in cloud-native architectures has left many enterprises in the dark when it comes to knowing where, how many, and what types of APIs they have. With multiple teams...

Demystifying the buzzwords: SASE and SSE markets set for solid growth in 2023 

SASE, SSE, or something else? The backstory for each of these buzzwords is as complex as the technology itself. The simple version is that, as enterprises need to modernise their network and security architecture with the demands of a remote workforce, the secure access service edge (SASE) and secure service edge (SSE) markets will see solid growth through 2023. 

That is the verdict from telecom analyst Dell’Oro Group and security vendor Axis respectively. Dell’Oro believes...

Net4 provides 5G edge compute solution for retailers

IoT solutions provider Net4 has made an end-to-end retail solution available that leverages Inseego 5G, Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC), and video analytics to improve store security, stock management and other business operations.

Demonstrated in a recent 5G pilot program with Vodafone Business, the solution taps Inseego’s fixed wireless 5G Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) to provide high-speed, low-latency connectivity between live streaming video cameras and the Vodafone...

CyberLink AI and ASUS edge computing unite for retail IoT solution

CyberLink FaceMe

CyberLink Corp., an AI and facial recognition company, has integrated its FaceMe AI facial recognition engine with ASUS's Tinker Board 2 computer to help improve security and contactless experiences in retail, public services, and hospitality.

CyberLink’s FaceMe developer kit is a cross-platform AI facial recognition engine ranked as one of the most accurate in the world. Optimised for IoT hardware, FaceMe seeks to bring highly accurate and flexible facial recognition...

Sensory brings edge voice assistance to smart devices

Sensory is countering the security threat posed by unnecessarily connecting every “thing” to the internet with an edge voice assistant.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is unlocking huge new opportunities and helping to improve efficiency and increase productivity. IDC estimates (PDF) that around 152,200 IoT devices will connect every minute by 2025.

Many devices still require internet connectivity, but a large number connect – with all the security and privacy risks...