International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies

News release – 2016 Number 34

Moving from the cloud to the edge

The IEC initiates White Paper dedicated to Vertical Edge Intelligence in cooperation with Fraunhofer Institute’s FOKUS NGNI


Geneva, Switzerland, 08 December 2016 – To enable the true value of the Internet of Things (IoT), edge intelligence, which moves processing for data intensive applications away from the core of the cloud to the edge of the network, continues to grow.


As processors, microcontrollers, and connectivity are embedded into a wealth of new devices, edge intelligence in smart appliances, wearables, industrial machines, automotive driver assistance sytems, smart buildings, and the like continue to develop.


Verticle edge intelligence

This means that several IT and OT technologies can be placed so close towards the edge of the network that aspects such as real time networks, security capabilities to ensure cybersecurity, self-learning solutions and personalized/customized connectivity can be addressed. 


This radical transformation from the cloud to the edge will support trillions of sensors and billions of systems and will treat data in motion differently from data at rest.


Members of the IEC Market Strategy Board have initiated a project to produce a White Paper on Vertical Edge Intelligence. The project experts were recruited from: the IEC, Mitsubishi, Huawei, SAP, Johnson Controls International and FOKUS NGNI (Germany).


The goal of the project is to explore market potential and vertical use-case requirements, analyze gaps and produce recommendations for adopting Vertical Edge Intelligence technologies.

The kick-off meeting took place on the 21 and 22 November at FOKUS. The next meeting will be hosted in Shenzhen, China on 24 and 25 January and will include new experts from the IEC. The resulting White Paper will be published by the IEC in October 2017.


The IEC and the IEC Market Strategy Board
The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) is the world’s leading organization that prepares and publishes globally relevant International Standards for all electric and electronic devices and systems. It brings together 170 countries, representing 99.1% of the world population and 99.2% of world electricity generation.


The Market Strategy Board (MSB) was set up by the IEC to identify the principal technology trends and market needs in the IEC fields of activity. The MSB helps maximize market input and establishes priorities for IEC technical and conformity assessment work, enhancing the response of the Commission to the needs of innovative and fast-moving markets. Its members comprise Chief Technology Officers of major international corporations.


Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communications Systems FOKUS

Fraunhofer FOKUS researches digital transformation and its impact on society, economics and technology. Since 1988 it supports commercial enterprises and public administration in the shaping and implementation of the digital transformation. For this purpose, Fraunhofer FOKUS offers research services ranging from requirements analysis to consulting, feasibility studies, technology development right up to prototypes and pilots in the business segments Digital Public Services, Future Applications and Media, Quality Engineering, Smart Mobility, Software-based Networks, Networked Security, Visual Computing und Analytics. With 424 employees in Berlin and an annual budget of approximately 30 Million Euro, Fraunhofer FOKUS is the largest ICT institute of the Fraunhofer Society. Over 70% of its budget is generated through projects from industry and the public domain.


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