Robert High, VP and CTO of Edge Computing, IBM: On Industry 4.0, Mayflower, mesh networks, and tackling global challenges

Robert High is an IBM fellow serving as the company’s CTO of edge computing. We tapped High’s decades of technical leadership – spanning core IBM initiatives like Watson – to gain an insight into the future of edge computing and how it can improve our lives and help to tackle some of the biggest global challenges.

The world is currently entering the fourth industrial revolution (or so-called ‘Industry 4.0’) thanks to converging technologies...

TIM announces edge and cloud-focused subsidiary Noovle SpA

TIM, Italy’s largest telco by revenue and subscribers, has announced the launch of its edge and cloud computing-focused subsidiary, Noovle SpA.

TIM acquired Noovle Srl last May. Noovle Srl was one of Google Cloud’s main partners in the Italian market.

Noovle SpA says it will strengthen the alliance between TIM Group and Google Cloud while tapping other strategic partnerships established with industry giants including Atos, Cisco, Citrix, Microsoft, Salesforce, SAP,...

Veea lends the LoRa Alliance its edge computing expertise

Veea has joined the LoRa Alliance and will provide its edge computing expertise to the IoT partnership.

The non-profit LoRa Alliance has over 500 members and is committed to enabling the large-scale deployment of Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) IoT through the development and promotion of the open LoRaWAN standard.

LoRaWAN is currently used in over 160 countries and by more than 140 major mobile operators around the world. The LoRaWAN certification programme...

Lacuna Space successfully launches its fourth IoT gateway satellite

The fourth IoT gateway satellite from Lacuna Space is now in orbit after hitching a ride onboard the PSLV-C49.

Lacuna Space’s gateway will provide edge connectivity just outside of Earth’s atmosphere in equatorial orbit.

Rob Spurrett, CEO of Lacuna Space, said:

“We are continuing to push the boundaries of what’s technically possible with extremely low power IoT technology with each generation of IoT gateways we are putting into space. 

This...

Eurotech is bringing its edge solutions to Arm’s Project Cassini

Eurotech, a provider of edge computing platforms and IoT enablement solutions, has joined Arm’s Project Cassini.

Project Cassini is an open, collaborative, and standards-based initiative which aims to deliver a cloud-native software experience across a secure Arm edge ecosystem.

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Eurotech will bring its vast experience in edge computing to Project Cassini.

Giuseppe Surace, CP&MO of Eurotech,...

ClearBlade partners with Advantech to offer edge AI smart monitoring

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) firm ClearBlade has partnered with intelligent systems company Advantech for an edge AI-powered smart monitoring solution.

The companies are using AI at the edge for things such as: identifying objects for building occupancies, virtual turnstiles for automated ticketing, and vehicle recognition for parking flow optimisation.

Eric Simone, CEO of ClearBlade, says:

“This bundled offering represents yet another step in...

Analysis: The economics of edge computing

Moving your computing workload to the edge will cost a bit more than you’re accustomed to. Life is good down on the data farm where a hyperscale environment has driven some incredibly low costs. Moving the platform to the edge will set you back, but if it’s implemented properly the cost can be contained.

As shown below, comparing a hyperscale provider’s edge configurations and their regional data centres, we see that the edge platform costs about 35 – 55% more. (We...

Akamai bolsters its edge security offerings with Asavie acquisition

Akamai is bolstering its edge security offerings with the acquisition of Irish tech firm Asavie.

Asavie specialises in mobile, IoT, and security solutions. The company’s clients include the likes of AT&T, Verizon, Microsoft, Samsung, Vodafone, and Telefonica.

Dr Tom Leighton, CEO and Co-Founder of Akamai, said:

“We believe the addition of Asavie will help Akamai’s carrier partners address enterprise and mid-market customer demand for IoT and mobile...

AI chipmaker Hailo releases new form factors to fit more edge devices

Hailo wants to bring its groundbreaking AI chips to more edge devices with the release of new form factors.

The company’s AI modules offer unparalleled performance with up to 26 tera operations per second (TOPS).

In common neural network benchmarks, the Hailo-8 AI Acceleration Module outperforms Intel's Myriad-X by 26x and Google's Edge TPUs by 13x Frames Per Second (FPS) on average:

Hailo’s M.2 and PCI Express Mini Card modules now include the Hailo-8...

Maxim Integrated enables AI at the edge on battery-powered IoT devices

The latest chip from Maxim Integrated provides support for AI at the edge on battery-powered IoT devices.

Maxim Integrated’s new MAX78000 chip promises support for executing AI inferences at less than 1/100th the energy of software solutions. Such power-efficiency is vital for IoT devices which may have to last years before their batteries are replaced.

Kris Ardis, Executive Director for the Micros, Security, and Software Business Unit at Maxim Integrated,...