Vehicle Area Networks: The Edge is Moving

  • August 31, 2016
  • Peter Byrne

By now, you’ve heard about analytics at the edge. Smaller, cheaper, more powerful computing devices are becoming ubiquitous, leading to a revolution in how data is processed. It is no longer necessary to backhaul everything for analysis at a central location. The increasing power of edge computing makes it possible to collect and analyze ever-increasing amounts of data, leading to greater insight without the bottleneck of running everything through headquarters.

What started as a revolution in distributed intelligence has taken another step—now the edge is mobile, moving the computational power to the location of the data instead of the other way around. Intelligent devices, coupled with broadband connectivity and smart applications, represent a convergence not just of technology but the roles of operations and IT as well.

The key to this connectivity lies in setting up mobile, broadband-connected hotspots that allow laptops, handheld devices, sensors, and other equipment to connect securely to public and private networks. This is the role of the programmable cellular router. Equipped with a core set of sensors—accelerometer, GPS, vehicle bus—the router becomes more than a data conduit. The ability to collect its own data and process it programmatically makes cellular routers truly a mobile extension of edge computing.

To learn more about how public safety and private enterprise alike are using programmable cellular routers to extend their edge analytics to the mobile workforce, check out our press release and stay tuned for our whitepaper publishing soon.