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10 Ways Enterprises Can Use the Edge

Edge computing is very much a work in progress, but there are several interesting use cases at work today and more anticipated for the future. Here's a look at the possibilities.
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John Deere Modernizes Farming

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Data sharing as enabled by the IoT and the cloud enables greater farming efficiencies. Farmers using John Deere equipment are already taking advantage of predictive maintenance and remote management. Edge computing enables real-time data sharing.

For example, a John Deere tractor and planter can plant over 700 corn seeds and 2,800 soybean seeds per second precisely. Within each second, the machines can sense conditions and make decisions and adjustments based on their surroundings. Edge computing helps farmers ensure their machines are planting seeds at the most accurate depth and location. Better decisions result in better crops.

"Fast and accurate decision-making is critical in every industry, but it’s especially important in agriculture," said Julian Sanchez, director of emerging technology at John Deere. "Before having access to the IoT and connectivity, many farmers had to wait for harvest to be complete before collecting any data on how their crops performed. This made it difficult to make effective decisions for the next planting season. Now, with access to real-time data, farmers can make adjustments as they’re working in the field instead of having to wait months to see how their crops performed."

Lisa Morgan is a freelance writer who covers big data and BI for InformationWeek. She has contributed articles, reports, and other types of content to various publications and sites ranging from SD Times to the Economist Intelligent Unit. Frequent areas of coverage include ... View Full Bio

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