Voice-activated digital assistants: A key edge computing use case
Check out this video discussing voice-based systems as an emerging edge computing use case with Brent Leary, a partner at CRM Essentials. (16:05 min)
Voice-based devices such as Alexa need lots of bandwidth to work. They are just one example of infrastructure-heavy devices that exemplify the edge computing use case.
Today, consumers and workers alike are looking for lightning-fast access to information.
Typing search queries can take precious time. That’s why voice-based systems, which allow people to simply speak a query, have become increasingly common.
Voice-activated assistants such as Alexa and Siri can book tickets for a movie or walk you through preparing a recipe for dinner.
But voice-based technologies are also bandwidth hogs, and they can easily overburden network performance, particularly if they use a cloud-based architecture. Data has to be sent back and forth to centralized data centers, and these roundtrips to the cloud can take precious time, with negative impact on voice-based technologies.
New architectures have emerged that may better serve bandwidth-heavy devices and applications, and minimize these network latency issues.
Edge computing is one promising networking architecture that could support voice-activated devices. Edge computing places high-performance compute, storage and network resources as close as possible to end users and devices. So it reduces the burden of data transport, decreases latency, and increases locality.
Voice-based digital assistants are just one example of a technology that benefits from edge computing and that could, says research firm Gartner, bring adoption of models like edge computing from only 10% today to 50% by 2022.
We sat down with Brent Leary, a partner at CRM Essentials, to discuss the role of voice-based technologies and how edge computing can help make them easier to adopt.
For more, check out this video discussing voice-based systems as an emerging edge computing use case.
Lauren Horwitz is the managing editor of Cisco.com, where she covers the IT infrastructure market and develops content strategy. Previously, Horwitz was a senior executive editor in the Business Applications and Architecture group at TechTarget;, a senior editor at Cutter Consortium, an IT research firm; and an editor at the American Prospect, a political journal. She has received awards from American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), a min Best of the Web award and the Kimmerling Prize for best graduate paper for her editing work on the journal article "The Fluid Jurisprudence of Israel's Emergency Powers.”