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Advantech's Edge Intelligence Solutions Power AIoT Industrial Application Development

POSTED 12/29/2020

Information and communications technology has changed several times over the last few decades—fromclient-server, web based, to cloud computing, and recently the trend has shifted towards edge computing.Edge computing allows industrial customers to use virtualization technologies that makes it easier todeploy and run a wider range of applications at the edge. Edge computing brings computation and datastorage closer to where it is needed, to improve response times and save bandwidth. Advantech believesin the potential of edge computing and is committed to promoting edge intelligence (Ei) solutions. Years ofdevelopment has yielded solutions which include an integrated hardware and software architecture designedespecially for the edge, server, and the cloud, and which also incorporates a containerized/microservicedevelopment environment. Wei-Chieh Chen, Senior Manager of Advantech stated, "Advantech's Ei solutionsreshape the AIoT world. Ei solutions include niche hardware and software integration and more edgecomputing industrial apps (I.App) through WISE-Marketplace, which provides many additional softwareapplication services within a complete ecosystem. These edge intelligence enabled solutions allowcustomers to develop, deploy, and manage vertical applications in various fields to quickly achieve innovativebreakthrough applications.”

Diversified I.App Ready on WISE-Marektplace to Facilitate AIoT Applications

Advantech’s WISE-Marketplace is an online app and software services store that offers pre-made industrial apps (I.App) to meetthe needs of industrial users such as Domain Focused Integrators (DFSI), hardware/software developers, and system integrators.WISE-Marketplace forms part of a larger ecosystem that helps industrial manufacturing customers realize their digital transformationpotential. Wei-Chieh Chen described the creation of a typical industrial app, “To develop an industrial app, companies need to spendconsiderable time conducting R&D, collecting data, preparing SDK/APIs, deploying edge devices, and designing a cloud interface.WISE- Marketplace replaces this process with pre-tested and certified I.App/utilities for download and plug-and-play functionality. Thisenabled Ei solutions to configure for peripheral equipment integration, data and cloud connectivity, and AI model execution, as well assolution ready for data and security management and storage applications.

From the layered architectures of IoT perspective, Ei solutions come in three categories. These include Ei-Edge, Ei-Servers, andWISE-Marketplace solutions. Ei-Edge solutions have multiple peripheral data acquisition interfaces. If users want to connect datasources from outside a preset range, they can easily access them using the EdgeX API. Moreover, Ei-Edge integrates cloud interfacefunctions such as AWS, Azure, and AliCloud, and supports the deployment and management of Docker Container and K3s.

Ei-Servers form the connecting link from the cloud to the front end. They centrally manage all devices, applications, or microservicesin the environment, and also provide management functions such as load balancing, horizontal expansion, and seamless updatesfor K8s/K3s clusters. Advantech’s WISE-Marketplace app and software services store provides a convenient Ei landing page, whichcontains more I.App offerings, technical documents, and other useful tools. In addition, there are specific release mechanisms forI.Apps, microservices, and containerized or non-containerized environments, as well as self-developed or third-party packages. WISEMarketplaceprovides a forum and authentication mechanism to guide target customers such as industrial users, DFSI, peripheralequipment vendors, and I.App developers to ensure that I.App listings, procurement, and usage processes are consistent and of thehighest quality; it also ensures that all I.App or utilities are compatible and integrate well with each other.