“Massively disruptive,” “a game changer,” and “will redefine industries” are just some of the phrases used over the last year by market researchers to describe the potential of edge computing. According to Gartner, by the year 2025, 75% of all data will be processed at the edge.What implications does this have for companies designing solutions today? How have solution builders embraced edge computing now, and how are they shifting their business models to prepare for the expected influx of edge data processing needs in the near future?Massive opportunity with big dataFrom working with our OEM customers, I know that faster access to processed data is already opening new business models and driving innovation and opportunity across every industry. The rationale for this shift is clear. Increasingly, both OEMs and end users need to be able to process enormous amounts of data on site, giving them the power to make smarter decisions, faster. By embracing edge computing, these companies are seeing real results in reduced cost, latency and connectivity challenges for both themselves and their customers.Security solutions, AI platforms and billable servicesFor example, OEM customers such as BCDVideo are using edge technology to design security solutions for their end users, giving them the ability to process data locally instead of sending it across the network, where it’s more vulnerable. Others, like Kinetica, are designing AI platforms that can collect and analyze the volumes of edge data their customers need to process. OEMs are also developing new revenue streams, introducing new billable services to differentiate themselves from the competition and increase the stickiness of customer accounts.IT meets OT on the factory floorIt’s probably not a surprise to anyone familiar with the industrial industry, but we’re also seeing the Enterprise Edge evolve with platforms traditionally used in a datacenter now deployed on the factory floor. The production lines, where data is gathered, is also changing. In the past, edge devices would typically have been small PC-type computers. Now, we’re now seeing demand for ruggedized, long life systems that can run heavier workloads, like analytics, machine learning, vision systems and robotics.The result? OEMs are using edge technology to change how they are designing and manufacturing their own products, which in turn can positively impact their own customers in areas like cost savings and faster turnaround times.Managing IT infrastructure on the factory floorOEM customer, Rockwell Automation, is a great example. Rockwell serves a wide range of industries globally from wastewater and consumer packaged goods through to oil and gas. According to Rockwell (registration required), IT and OT convergence represents a challenge for many customers. Despite cyber security risks and the increased reliance on data and network infrastructure to enable manufacturing, there’s a shortage of skills and staff to manage IT infrastructure on the factory floor and optimize operations. Yet, ten minutes downtime can cost over $10k.In response, Rockwell worked with OEM Solutions to engineer a virtual, turnkey solution, designed on Dell PowerEdge XL servers for their customers, plus a range of managed services that help their customers meet their product schedules.The world’s first learning steel millIndustry leader, Big River Steel wanted to optimize operations and reduce waste at its $1.3 billion scrap metal recycling and steel production facility. Using edge compute, servers, storage plus an AI platform designed by our OEM customer, Noodle.ai, on Dell Technologies infrastructure, Big River Steel is now regarded as the world’s first learning steel mill, embedding AI and machine learning into its manufacturing processes.The result? Big River Steel has insights into all the factors responsible for quality variability and knows the optimal manufacturing input parameters. Importantly, the company has reported up to 50% reduction in steel yield strength variability and up to $10 million in savings. Market trendsI’ve shared some examples of edge computing but let’s look at the market research data. In a recent VDC survey of over 700 global product development decision makers, 42 percent are already deploying edge computing with 26% planning to do so within the next year. Interestingly, 36% say they’re investing in edge computing, specifically because of customer demand while around 20% of respondents say competitive pressure is driving this evolution.How does this translate into system deployments? Over 60% of respondents said they are now implementing additional remote monitoring and control within their industrial systems. Thirty-eight percent of organizations are enabling services to improve product lifecycle and inventory management, while 19 percent are introducing new, billable services.A world of possibilitiesWhat does this mean for the future? I believe the intelligent edge is the glue uniting IT and OT environments – the final piece of the puzzle, if you will. Over the next decade, I predict that every piece of industrial equipment will be fitted with an embedded or connected computer, allowing it to make intelligent decisions on its own. For our OEM customers, there’s huge opportunity to develop edge applications and enable software-defined functionality. We will see new, professional and billable services emerge with usage-based fees. Edge technologies will be all around us performing distributed computing across a multitude of devices in cities, factories, energy plants, and farms.Invest now in your future businessFrom an OEM and end customer perspective, increasing edge computing demands will accelerate the need for the right compute, connectivity and storage as well as more flexible hardware and software platforms. 2025 may still seem like the distant future, but the partnership and the technology choices you make now can and will impact the health of your future business.Give your business the extra edge – Dell Technologies OEM Solutions can help you design, deliver and support a wide range of customized industrial edge solutions.Listen to our recorded webinar, “Driving Industrial Innovation at the Edge” here. Registration required. 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Image source: DamenThe ¡VAMOS! partners, together with Advisory Board members and interested external parties, were present at the ¡VAMOS! technology Demonstration Day, on October 24, at the Magcobar flooded mine pit, in Silvermines, Ireland. In total 85 visitors participated in the field demonstration to raise awareness of the innovative technology with stakeholders and local communities.The ¡VAMOS! (Viable Alternative Mine Operating System) project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. Featuring a total of sixteen partners from nine EU countries, ¡VAMOS! seeks to address the EU’s need for (critical) raw materials, by making possible the extraction of mineral deposits from inland water-bearing areas.To reach this aim, the partners have developed an innovative system whereby a remotely operated mining vehicle is launched from a waterborne carriage.“The ¡VAMOS! team has successfully demonstrated their ability to use the prototype mining system in very hard rock. State-of-the-art electronics and visualization has been used to control the operations. All this was done with great consciousness and care for safety, the environment and involvement of local stakeholders,” said Sander Steenbrink, General Manager Corporate Research and Development at Boskalis from the Netherlands, and Advisory Board member for the ¡VAMOS! Project.Damen Dredging Equipment, being one of the main industrial partners within the ¡VAMOS! Consortium designed and built the aforementioned Launch & Recovery Vessel, plus the Slurry System on board of the Mining Vehicle.Frank Bosman, RD&I Development Manager of Damen’s Product group Dredging is the Project Manager for this scope, said: “This project has given us the platform to develop a dual stage slurry pump, which can be used in any mining or dredging situation where a high discharge pressure is needed and only limited space is available. Its further features, such as a high efficiency and large ball passage, have proven themselves in the ¡VAMOS! field trials, to be of the same high quality of any other Damen dredge pump.”The ¡VAMOS! trials will conclude early November, after which the on-site team – consisting of SMD, Damen, Sandvik, InescTEC, Fugro, Zentrum für Telematik, Fugro and BMT Group Ltd – will demobilise from the Irish site. In the coming months the test results will be evaluated, and reporting to theEU will follow.
Martinez still puts them in the fight for fourth, even though United are 10 points adrift of current incumbents Arsenal with only five games to play. And asked if he expected United to be in the mix next season, the Toffees boss said: ” You have to because of the history, the finances, the expectations. “Manchester United will finish the season strong, I’ve got no doubts about that. Their next few games, I’m sure they’re going to fight for a European place and to finish as high as they can. “Even at this stage, they should be fighting for fourth place. It’s ingrained in the DNA of Manchester United. It’s not in doubt that they will be doing that and they will be challenging for the title next season. “I expect Spurs as well to be fighting for the top four. When we started the season there were six football clubs who purely down to the finances were forced to fight for the title. We gatecrashed the party.” There has been little to cheer for Moyes this season but away form has been one plus point. United have the best record in the division on the road and are looking for a fifth straight away league win. Martinez said: “There is always a bit of a transitional period when you get a new management team in place but you need to remember this team won the championship last season and you don’t become a bad team overnight. Press Association “We know now they’ve got a bit of stability, in the league they’ve been very strong and we expect a really tough game on Sunday. “It’s not about what we’re going to face, we know we’re going to face a very strong team, it’s more about how we can perform and how good we can be on the day, and that’s where the focus is.” Everton’s Champions League charge stalled in midweek when their run of seven consecutive league wins was ended by a home loss to Crystal Palace. That left them a point behind Arsenal, but Martinez is confident his side have learned from the experience. The Spaniard said: ” When you get into a position where it’s in your hands, you want to win so much, and you need to have that knowhow and experience that you don’t get exposed. “On Wednesday we were focused on trying to break down probably the strongest defensive system in the league, and we succeeded in it because we scored two goals, but the only part of the plan that didn’t work was we conceded three, and that’s not us at all. “I don’t think the awareness was there that we were going to get hurt in the other box. That’s what we need to learn as we go along and as we grow. “You cannot forget the basics in any game. I think we’re a stronger team now than we were on Wednesday and we’re going to use that in the next four games.” Phil Jagielka has an outside chance of being involved for Everton. A behind-closed-doors match has been arranged next week to give the Toffees captain some game time after a hamstring problem but he could make the bench this weekend. James McCarthy was only a substitute against Palace but has now recovered fully from a muscular injury. Fellow midfielders Steven Pienaar and Darron Gibson (both knee) miss out again. United striker Wayne Rooney has overcome a toe injury and is fit to play against his former club. Fellow forward Robin van Persie (knee) remains sidelined, but midfielder Marouane Fellaini has recovered from a calf injury that kept him out of United’s trip to Bayern Munich last week. Defender Jonny Evans is a doubt due to a long-term calf problem and right-back Rafael (thigh) is unavailable. David Moyes makes his first return to Goodison Park as United manager on Sunday for a match that could go a long way to deciding the Champions League qualifiers. But it is Everton, the club he left after 11 years in charge last summer, who are fighting for the top four while United languish in seventh place. Everton boss Roberto Martinez has no doubt Manchester United will be Premier League title challengers again next season.