Use Cases

Edge Compute & Edge AI

Cloud Computing operates on “Big Data while Edge Computing operates on “Instant Data” generated by sensors and users in real-time.

Gartner – 2021 Strategic Roadmap for Edge Computing

“Edge Computing exists near the sources of data generation“

 Edge Computing SUmmary

The Edge Data Opportunity

Although the topological concept of Edge Computing may be decades old, the limitations imposed by the centralized implementation of Cloud Computing and the growing investment in distributed Internet of Things (IoT) have thrust Edge Computing into the limelight.

Edge Summary


Edge Computing places content, data, and processing closer to the applications, things, and users to create responsive, immediate, and personalized digital experiences increasingly merging the physical and digital.


It encourages workload placement that optimizes the balance of latency, bandwidth, autonomy, and security across a continuum of options, from cloud data centers to home thermostats to factory assembly lines to vehicles in motion.

Gartner – 2021 Strategic Roadmap for Edge Computing

“Open-Source Frameworks Provide Stability and Standardization for Edge Development”

The Problem

No Standards or Solutions for Edge Data Security & Automation

All digital communities increasingly operate over contested and untrusted networks. Cybercriminals backed by hostile foreign powers are a growing and pervasive threat to all people and organizations. We need to secure and trust our data while also assuming the networks transporting our most sensitive data are already compromised.

The Data Security Problem: Limited Data Trust Over Contested Networks

Quickly developing new digital products, solutions, and services for emergent opportunities has become the key success factor for every company in all industries. The larger and more diverse the potential market, the more the market opportunity requires standardization for rapid adoption, scale, and operational efficiency.

The Data Automation Problem: No Standard for Data Orchestration

Edge Compute Diagram

Billion Devices Today

Billion Devices by 2022

Billion Devices by 2025

Explosive Growth

IBM estimates there are 15 billion edge devices today. The number is expected to grow to 55 billion by 2022 and 225 billion by 2025.

This is roughly 100s of thousands of devices per company. Everything physical will be SMART and networked with software digital twins for automation and orchestration.

Expanding Hardware Complexity

The Internet of Things (IoT) includes a bewildering array of edge devices and sensors. Devices with a range of hardware types, purposes, OSs, and workloads.

This requires creating software abstractions of diverse hardware to simplify development and management.

Inadequate Security

Edge devices exist outside traditional IT boundaries without traditional physical protection and workload integrity. Increasing data movement compounds security and integrity risks.

No standards exist for data protection, detection, and remediation across potentially hostile or compromised networks.

Evolving Ecosystem

Devices and data must interoperate across an increasing number of organizations. Interoperability standards are foundational for this emerging ecosystem.

This requires creating a global standard for data security, control, and automation. 


The Solution

Smart Data as Edge Security & Automation Standard

Code Containers, called Docker files, ensure application code portability across all cloud platforms. Kubernetes provides Docker Code Container automation across all clouds.

Similarly, Data Containers and Data Container Automation provide unprecedented data automation for individual data owners across all compatible applications.

Data Orchestration

Smart Data provides data trust, security, and automation across many applications running across untrusted contested networks.

Use Cases

Smart Data makes Everything Better

The term ‘smart’ originated as an acronym for “Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology”. Smart software-defined products are capable of environmental awareness, group intelligence, and can automatically respond to internal and external events. All ‘smart’ devices and sensors can now interoperate, secure data, share data, and orchestrate their collective intelligence.

  1. Smart Cities and Homes can interoperate with Smart Healthcare to privately and securely improve community health.
  2. Smart Retail can interoperate with Smart Homes and Smart Industry for just-in-time delivery of goods.
  3. Smart Transportation can interoperate with Smart Cities and Smart Industries to optimize transportation costs and minimize emissions.

The list is endless…

Smart Homes

Smart Homes monitor and control home attributes such as lighting, climate, entertainment systems, appliances, as well as home security such as access control and alarm systems.

Smart Transport

Smart transportation includes systems such as car navigation, traffic signal control, container management.

A smart transportation network is clean and efficient. Reduced traffic congestion, results in cleaner air, less wasted time, and reduced energy consumption. 

Smart Retail

Consumers increasingly expect efficient, safe, and engaging online experiences to be replicated in-store.

Smart retail refers to the hybridization between traditional shopping methods and digital technologies

Currently, sensors are being used to monitor customer satisfaction, provide supply chain insights, monitor food safety, and track assets.

Smart Industry

Smart Industry is a synonym for Industry 4.0 or industrial transformation in the fourth industrial revolution. Manufacturing, farming, energy production, and supply chain companies, and processes are in full transformation.

Smart Cities

The city is a computer, the streetscape is the interface, you are the cursor, and your smartphone or AR glasses are the input device. This is the user-based, version of the city-as-computer idea.

The Systems version focuses on transit, refuse, power, sanitation, and water to provide more efficient use, resiliency, and emergency response.

Smart Healthcare

Smart healthcare uses technology such as wearable devices, IoT, and mobile internet to dynamically access information, connect healthcare-related people, materials, and institutions.

It actively manages and responds to medical ecosystem needs in an intelligent manner.

What is edge computing – IBM Cloud

In 10 short minutes, understand what Edge Computing does and why it’s foundational to human-centered design of all new digital experiences. Review Edge Computing challenges like the lack of physical security, uniformity, workload protection, threat awareness, and attack response. 

Smart Data Protocol

The Protocol that Protects Freedom by Ensuring Humanity Controls Technology

Thomas PainE – Rights of Man 1791

“To secure our own freedom, we must also protect our enemies from oppression”

Join the Ecosystem

Creating the Standard for Digital Rights

We’re focusing on how humanity can control the technology around us by limiting the uses of our data, even after it’s been shared. This requires creating a global standard for attaching and enforcing agreements to our increasingly mobile data. 

If the pervasive automation of regulations, policies, licenses, and preferences impacts your organization, we’d enjoy discussing how we can collaborate.