Purpose: This sector provides context to the growing edge computing sector, specifically for the distribution of computing resources.
Scope of Analysis: This sector considers the IoT, but only as far as edge computing for the IoT, not the IoT itself. Hardware that makes edge computing possible, such as servers, are not included. Rather, this report focuses on the edge computing platform and the communication between these edge computing devices and the platform established to manage it. This infrastructure may or may not utilize a blockchain.
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Big Picture: Some of the most successful startups of the last 10-15 years, such as Uber and AirBnB, have relied on a platform that connects people with extra of something to people that need more of that same thing. The growth and understanding of blockchain technology, the ability to make more and more compact servers, and the increased need to process information closer to the edge create ample opportunity to create a platform that brings people faster computing power. The documents tagged here represent the current alignment of companies pursuing components of this budding industry.
The Edge Computing Patent Forecast® focuses on edge computing for IoT devices, but does not consider IoT devices within the analysis.