Solving Retail Problems with Edge Solutions

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Edge computing means various things to different industries. For Christie Rice, Director of Business Development for Retail at the Intel Internet of Things Group, and Richard Newman, CTO and Co-Founder at Reliant, edge computing is all about the retail experience.

“For a lot of enterprises, particularly the ones that we focus on in retail and hospitality, the edge is where they do business in the physical world,” Newman said. “And the question then becomes how do the applications that they deploy at the edge manifest themselves? What type of applications are they, and where do they run?”

Newman and Rice see the edge as giving retail the ability to run a platform in a store or restaurant that allows them to deploy various applications. From there, stores can run IoT devices like payment terminals. In this environment, edge and cloud work together to deliver a next-generation experience.

“In edge computing for a retailer, the magic really happens when you take all of that information from all of those different devices – from the cameras, digital signs, point of sales terminals, even from things like temperature sensors and motion proximity sensors,” Rice said. “When you take all of that and you put it into one place where different applications can share that information, the retailer can start creating some business insights, understand what’s happening, and act on that in a holistic, quick and flexible manner.”

Newman said one exciting example of how edge computing is transforming next-generation retail is cashier-less check out, a trend that more and more retailers and quick-service restaurants are utilizing. “What makes the cashier-less experience possible is edge and cloud computing working together.”

Intel is working with partners like Reliant to help retailers optimise existing cloud native apps to run on Edge, modernise their existing Edge architecture and is working with Open Source communities to find ways to help people get started.

Learn more about retail solutions by connecting with Christie Rice and Richard Newman on LinkedIn or visit https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/retail/overview.html or https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/edge-computing/overview.html

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