The 5G edge computing network has the power to change how we interact with the world. The ultra-high bandwidth, ultra-low latency computing power of the edge is coming to your doorstep. But how will your day-to-day life change? What applications could you build that would change the lives of those in your community?
Edge Computing at Home
Do you own a smart doorbell, smart lock, smart thermostat, or a device connected to a virtual assistant? Many homes are more connected than ever before. Our devices are smart, but they are getting smarter! Once connected to the edge, devices will be able to make better decisions faster. The robots are arriving. Toaster ovens that don’t burn toast, cleaning robots that won’t push your pet’s accidents all over your carpet, laundry robots that fold your clothes and stovetops that automatically turn off the stove when temperatures are too high and you’re in another room. These devices won’t require much computing power, just a connection to the edge!
The utilities that serve your home will be smarter too. Utility providers can leverage the Edge for low latency monitoring and real-time adjustments. The flexibility and responsiveness of edge-connected utility systems could mean improved water quality, a more reliable energy grid, and much more.
Edge Computing at Work
Your work life will look different. Over the past year, many of us have had to adapt to remote work or remote learning. The ultra-high bandwidth and ultra-low latency nature of edge technology will improve video conferencing and collaboration. Employers can seek talented candidates anywhere, and professionals won’t be bound to metro areas.
But maybe you are still commuting into work, (or soon will be). How might edge computing change your experience? Want to spend less time sitting in traffic? Smart traffic lights systems and connected cars could communicate via Edge locations to optimize traffic flow based on real-time data. The Edge can connect trains, buses, and other forms of public transportation for more efficient operations. Patrons won’t be left waiting and wondering with real-time location information and can seamlessly use the service with improved smart fare systems. Additionally, municipalities can measure ridership and route popularity, dynamically adjusting services based on need.
Regardless of where you work, edge computing will change your job. Work in retail? Stores will use edge technology to identify spills, efficiently stock shelves, and target advertise specials. Do you work in construction? Edge technology could dramatically improve site connectivity, ensure the team is working from the latest digital blueprints, and safely coordinate heavy machinery. What about medical workers? Edge applications include everything from improved medical devices, better telemedicine solutions, and advanced surgical robots.
Whatever your job, you can be sure that the future involves connectivity, data, and decisions. It will include the edge.
Edge Computing at Play
Edge computing will not only impact your home and your work, but also your recreation. Augmented reality will provide fun new ways to play games with the whole family. Any surface or space could be transformed, limited only by the imagination of the game designers. Fancy a bit of a wager? Edge computing can make real-time betting at live events more secure. Live events could be enhanced by augmented reality, leading to immersive and creative concerts, theatrical performances, and more. Creative people will introduce us to compelling stories and immersive experiences, all through edge computing.
Build the Future
Whether at home, work, or play, the edge will change how we interact with the world. Alef is excited to be a part of how the internet is transforming and we can’t wait to see what we can build together. What do you want to see from the 5G edge network? Currently, we are recruiting for our ambassador program. Come be among the first to build edge-enabled applications! Our APIs are also free to try. Build your first application today!