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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.

Open Edge Symposium™ Program Tracks Are About Collaboration

Open Edge Symposium provides a forum for industry, academia and research to work together.  It provides a wide range of intelligent edge tutorial sessions to drive innovation, clarify misconceptions, and bring the intelligent edge ecosystem up to speed on the latest research, technical developments and industry implementations of intelligent edge. 

Interactive sessions will provide a platform in which experts will guide interactive roundtable discussions and run workshops that attack specific technical and business challenges

Advances in Innovation Track

The Open Edge Symposium Advances in Innovation Track will explore and expound the research and standardization activities and opportunities on intelligent edge within industrial processes for IoT, AI/ML and connectivity. Track sessions will target researchers, technologists and standard developers through a combination of tutorials, panels, presentations, and technical deep dives. Over the course of this track, we will:

  • Explore use of Augmented and Extended Reality interfaces for shop floor processes
  • Discuss the advances in Cooperative Robotics (Co-Bots) and autonomous robotics in manufacturing
  • Consider the future of distributed computing and the evolution from edge-fog to true utility computing with flexible architectures
  • Look at applications of 5G, TSN and software-defined networking in general
  • Investigate energy harvesting and power considerations for industrial systems
  • Define the role of Quantum Computing
  • Deliver a wildcard innovation session for ideas that offer a potential different view of the future

Technical Track

The Open Edge Symposium Technical Track will delve into questions around the impact of technology on edge computing. Track sessions will target beginners, mid-career professionals and advanced technologists through a combination of tutorials, panels, individual presentations, and technical deep dives. Over the course of the Technical Track, we will:

  • Introduce and expand on core technical concepts around edge computing
  • Explore edge use cases, requirements, architectures, implementations and testbeds
  • Debate the impact of emerging technologies, such as 5G, distributed computing/storage, AI/ML/DL, big data, and blockchain
  • Share best practices for implementing edge applications, platforms, and environments
  • Demonstrate tools, techniques and integrations to help address the big challenges in edge networks, especially performance, security, manageability, efficiency, and cost.

Business Outcomes Track

The Open Edge Symposium Business Outcomes Track will focus on real-world use cases that have delivered a business impact to a company/industry. Sessions in this track will showcase how these companies are leveraging the intelligent edge to their competitive advantage, and will provide insights into smart implementation strategies and common pitfalls to help you realize business value faster and more effectively.

  • Learn how companies identified their need and deployed edge computing
  • Discover the criteria for selecting products and vendors to enable advanced IoT deployment
  • Hear how companies have developed new services and revenue streams with edge computing
  • Understand how edge computing transforms business models
  • Learn how companies identify business value by investing in their security needs  

Produced by:
Industrial Internet Consortium