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Edge Analytics for Better IoT Data Analytics

Consider the example of a driver of a smart car about to have a stroke. You can’t wait for the smart car data to upload to the cloud for analysis and then wait for a signal to return to the edge device to direct the proper action. The cloud is too far away to process the data and respond in a timely manner. Every data has a time frame before you can apply analytics, beyond which its value depreciates.

A relatively new approach namely Edge Analytics, addresses these issues. Edge analytics is an approach to data collection and analysis wherein an automated analytical computation is performed on data at a sensor, network switch or other device instead of waiting for the data to be sent back to a centralized data store.