With internet of things (IoT) devices being more common in prevalent, local networks are getting crowded with data. In some cases, such overcrowding can lead to increased latency (the amount of time it takes a message to travel across a system). In some industries—healthcare, manufacturing, and finance, for example—even the smallest amount of latency can be disastrous.
Edge computing solves latency issues by allowing data to be processed closer to the device which creates it. The data is analyzed in real time and only important data is sent to central processing or the cloud. In manufacturing businesses, for example, this would mean that machines don’t constantly crowd the network with data saying they are online and functioning perfectly. Daily reports can still be sent but only information that is vital makes its across the network in real-time.