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Smart Things

Open Edge Symposium Is About Smart Things

There has never been a more exciting time to be a part of the Internet of Things. As technology advances and business requirements evolve, the lines between IT and OT are blurring. As a result, your daily challenges and risks are increasing exponentially. But so too is your opportunity. 

Open Edge Symposium was conceived to help you think smart and keep pace with the rapid developments at the intelligent edge – the beating heart of the Industrial Internet.   The edge and fog techniques that are the focus of the Symposium can greatly improve the performance, capacity, trustworthiness, versatility, efficiency and cost of IoT networks.



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Think Smart – Open Edge Symposium program focuses on the hottest industry applications and business models in emergent areas of Industrial IoT.  That means we’re putting smart industries in the spotlight: smart factories, smart cities, smart energy, smart buildings, smart engineering, intelligent transport systems, and autonomous vehicles.

Keep Pace - The intelligent edge has emerged as a focal point for industrial application development.In fact, the next decade promises a tidal wave of intelligent edge technologies. Supporting the wide range of emerging systems and applications – not just IIoT, but 5G mobile systems, big data, edge analytics, and embedded AI/ML – requires a new computing and networking paradigm.

The common technology denominator that enables the advancement of these industries is an exponential increase in intelligence at the edge. At Open Edge Symposium™, you will explore this new ecosystem.

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The new intelligent edge paradigm calls for a fundamental rethinking of computing and networking architectures. It is disrupting existing business models and reshaping industry landscapes.  The industry is devoting tremendous resources to develop solutions that address the present needs while collaborating to develop the open, interoperable architectures that will be needed in the near future.

At Open Edge Symposium, industry, academia and research are working in concert to address the profound technology challenges that promise to unlock the full potential of intelligent edge.  Some of the world’s foremost experts in edge-fog technologies will be on the podium, and available for individual interactions.

By sharing research results, architectural vision, implementation techniques, and showcasing new use cases, the Open Edge conference’s cross-discipline collaboration will help spur the industry to advance underlying technologies, drive new opportunities, and address the challenges we face.

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Gartner says that digital business initiatives often create data that is more efficiently processed when the computing power is close to the thing or person generating it. Intelligent edge computing solutions that bring cloud-like capabilities in closer proximity to the IIoT sensors and actuators addresses this need for localized computing power. 

Gartner defines edge computing as solutions that facilitate data processing at or near the source of data generation. For example, in the context of the IoT, the sources of data generation are usually things with sensors or embedded devices. Edge computing serves as the decentralized extension of the campus networks, cellular networks, data center networks or the cloud. According to recent Gartner research, 10% of enterprise-generated data is already created and processed outside a traditional centralized data center or cloud. By 2025, Gartner predicts this figure will reach 75%. 

The intelligent edge distributes computing, storage, control, and networking services closer to the end users where the services can flexibly meet the demands of emerging application requirements.  This addresses many challenges that cloud alone cannot effectively resolve, such as enabling real-time edge data analytics; supporting time-critical local control; improving trustworthiness of IoT applications; connecting and protecting the vast number and many types of resource-constrained devices; and overcoming network bandwidth and availability constraints.

Over time, experts believe cloud and intelligent edge will converge into unified end-to-end platforms offering integrated services that combine resources in the clouds, the intelligent edges, and the IIoT.

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Industrial Internet Consortium