Original air date November 18, 2021

Making data fit for purpose

Edge network data communications alternatives


Communications links play a critical role in edge computing.  They interconnect IoT devices like sensors and actuators, through layers of edge computing nodes, to cloud data centers.  They also interconnect edge nodes with each other for peer-to-peer communication.

This webcast starts with an overview of edge computing networks and the topology of communications links within them.  It then explores various types of wireline communication technologies commonly used in edge networks, including Ethernet, PoE, CANbus, fiber networks, PONs, WDM and others.

Further, the presenter will survey two types of wireless communication technologies: those using licensed radio spectrum (such as 3G/4G/5G, microwave, LEO/GEO satellite) and those that use unlicensed spectrum (including Wi-Fi, LoRa, Sigfox, Bluetooth, ZigBee, Ingenu, Li-Fi and Visible Light Communication). The various technical and lifetime cost properties of these technologies will be compared. Finally, some application examples will explore real-world deployment scenarios where edge computing is closely associated with broadband data link technologies.

Learning objectives:

  • Define what are the options for edge computing networks and communication links
  • How do licensed and unlicensed radio spectrum technologies compare
  • Explore what type of applications are associated with what broadband technologies

Presented By:
Charles C. Byers, Associate Chief Technology Officer, Industry IoT Consortium

Moderated By:
Kevin Parker, Content Manager, CFE Media and Technology

Meet Our Sponsors