Intelligent Sensor Networks Let SMBs Maintain Supply Chain Visibility

Intelligent Sensor Networks Let SMBs Maintain Supply Chain Visibility

Cloudleaf CEO, Mahesh Veerina talks with Brian Horowitz from PCMag on about how global enterprises are driving digitization of the small-and-medium businesses (SMBs). Below is a quick snippet of the original article on “7 Things SMBs Need to Know About Edge Computing.

Edge computing is a growing trend in technology that lets companies process data closer to where it originates, and there’s a lot of data to process. Gartner Research projects there will be 20.4 billion connected things being used globally by 2020. In addition, Juniper Research forecasts the number of connected Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and devices to grow to more than 50 billion by 2022.

If you’re running a small to midsize business (SMB), then you need to start thinking about edge computing, which can eliminate latency, lower energy spending, and reduce network traffic. You face some complex decisions on how to manage and secure the data flowing in from sensors or gateways, and this process is often tied to the overall IoT architecture. When building such an architecture, here are seven things to keep in mind.

Whether you’re a small food company or a blood testing lab in a strip mall, you need sensors to maintain the temperature of products at the edge, and share the data through the supply chain into the cloud. As seen in the graphic above, manufacturers are looking for end-to-end visibility into their supply chain, and SMBs must also also go digital by tracking and sharing data. SMBs can range from materials or packaging suppliers to transportation companies.

“With ubiquitous connectivity, affordable sensors that can collect a lot of data, and cloud computing, the vision of a digitized physical world is coming together,” said Mahesh Veerina, President and CEO of Cloudleaf, which offers an end-to-end intelligent sensor network and predictive insights. Cloudleaf calls its collection of sensors and gateways a “sensor fabric.”

Companies need the right set of tools to track and manage visibility into their operations. “Real-time visibility means having access to data that drives velocity through the supply chain,” Veerina said.