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Title: The lamppost that broke up the fight – Edge computing, IoT and building connected communities in the UK
Description: Edge computing and the Internet of Things are revolutionising a huge number of industries. How can the UK’s public sector harness these hyped technologies to deliver connected communities?
Our lives might be going digital, but what does that mean for the physical environments in which we live, work and play? Whether checking air quality or breaking up fights, what is the public sector doing to harness new technologies that deliver a better citizen experience; not just in interactions with services, but in the infrastructure that supports our lives? From housing to transport, how are these connected communities being brought to life by Edge computing and IoT in the UK?
Traditional post-boxes that can tell how polluted a street is. Twenty-year-old lampposts that can alert emergency services of potential incidents. Pavements which can help inform shop opening times. It might seem like science fiction, yet this is exactly what can be achieved in our communities today.
Is it a utopia? No, it’s all been made possible by the increasing use of Edge computing and the Internet of Things (IoT). What are they? IoT is “everything connected to the internet, but it is increasingly being used to define objects that “talk” to each other”. It’s the sensor in the lamppost sending notifications to emergency services of an increase in sound.
Edge computing, on the other hand, is what the The Verge sums up as “computing that’s done at or near the source of the data, instead of relying on the cloud at one of a dozen data centers to do all the work. It doesn’t mean the cloud will disappear. It means the cloud is coming to you.” For our lamppost, it’s the audio data from the sensor being processed rapidly on or near where it was created. The refined information can be sent instantly, rather than having to be sent to a central point to be analysed, before going to the nearest emergency services, wasting valuable time.
To read the whole article, please visit: https://blogs.infomentum.com/connected-communities-in-the-uk