Explore Edge Use Cases
Browse through our repository of edge use cases and discover how edge is being used today and its impact on different industries.
AnyVision Visitor Analytics
Facial recognition technology can be used to visually track visitors in a public space (e.g., a retail store or mall) and build a detailed and integrated view of what they did, that can then be mined, for example, for retail optimization (store layout, use of digital signage, etc).
Fast food retailing can be improved by adding more sensors, analysis and automation into the retail store, but only if that can be done without creating complexity or availability issues for the store operator.
Retail is rapidly changing driven by the challenge of e-Commerce (Amazon). Traditional retail brings the advantage of an in-store experience with the ability to see and touch a subset of the available products.
Sainsbury's Checkout Experience
An essential part of any brick and mortar retail experience is how the customer finds items and pays for them.
Schneider Electric Retail Inventory
Retail store inventory management — having the right products on the shelf — is a critical aspect of store efficacy and consumer satisfaction.
Trax/Nielsen Shelf Analytics
Having the right product on the shelf is a critical pillar in many retail strategies and tactics. That begins with knowing what is on the shelf.
Augmented Reality solutions often depend on a 3D model of the surroundings so they (1) can associate what the user is looking at with specific physical equipment (e.g., for diagnostic purposes) and (2) can generate an augmented image that can be accurately overlaid over the physical image the user sees.
Industrial automation is transforming rapidly, building on progress in IoT (connection into the Internet), image processing, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and high-performance networking technology.
Modern turbine engines are complex, but may require in-person maintenance in non-factory or service depot locations, creating a need for access to comprehensive engineering information and collaboration systems wherever the work is done.
Complex products like airliners typically have bespoke (unique) designs for each plane manufactured, when you consider all of the options (seating plans, passenger entertainment systems, cabling, engine choices, instrumentation choices, etc.) so assembly and service of each plane is literally different.
The same technology advances that enable safer and self-driving vehicles can be used to improve traffic control systems by dynamically analyzing local traffic flows with sophistical image analysis, and then co-optimizing operation with adjacent control systems.
Drones provide many new opportunities for on-demand video feeds (in this case for support of disaster response).
Localized Weather Modeling
Weather prediction is limited by the “resolution” of the computational weather models (the granularity of the grid of points in the model).
The availability of powerful, inexpensive consumer drones has created a lot of excitement about commercial drone applications.
Modern websites have increasing complex pages. CDN technology only works when content has been recently loaded by another user which is diminishingly probable as content becomes more personalized.
Because of the phenomenal success of Niantic (Pokémon Go) there is growing interest in games that are played outdoors within the local context, necessarily often using cellular links to a cloud backend that provides the digital form of the local context, augmented with game content (e.g., tokens or prizes).
Smart Edge Image Inference
Microsoft introduced its “intelligent Edge” strategy with the focus being the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence of images: a large volume of training images would be processed in the Azure Cloud using ML/AI to produce a lightweight recognition (inference) neural net that could be deployed at the edge (in a modified drone or specialised camera that each could do image inference.)
Augmented Reality can be used to integrate dynamic statistics and other analytics into a professional sports viewing experience.
Sfara Safety Response
Driven in part by interest in self-driving vehicles, safety technology is advancing rapidly, coming first in new vehicles, often in the high-end product lines.