Is EDGE Computing the next logical step in computing?

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In the comparably brief history of modern computing (70+ years or so) we went through several transformations. Without making a claim to be complete: we saw large single server systems (mainframe client-server systems) with dumb terminals, witnessed the personal desktop computer revolution in the 1970ies and 1980ies, the rise of the Web in the 1990ies (and with it client server systems became mainstream again) and in the 2000s mobile computing began conquering the world. The latter is particular interesting, since the mobile computing transformation is currently ongoing and is beginning to have effects on todays’s system architecture. A look a […]

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The end of the checkout area in brick and mortar stores

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With companies like Amazon actively pursing their version of the future brick and mortar store, one thing is certain: a dedicated checkout area will be a thing of the past. The checkout process of the (very near) future won’t require point of sale systems. People will just take the items they want to buy and leave the store. To make this kind of checkout a reality, businesses have to build a system where cameras are able to look into every corner of the shop and track every single customer (like Amazon does in its Amazon Go Stores). While this is […]

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EDGE Computing in Retail

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As EDGE computing matures, we will see a broad adoption in retail – actually I’d go as far to say that it is simply inevitably. And here’s why. In times, where timing is everything, businesses cannot afford to miss opportunities to communicate with customers at the right time. Imagine a customer passing your shop. With current cloud based systems, it may take several seconds before your message reaches your customer. This might not sound much, but this little message delay is all it takes that a customer foregoes your offer, because she already went  to another place or shop. It […]

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Self-Checkout in Brick and Mortar Stores

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A crucial part of every customer journey is the checkout process. Imagine for a minute that the online checkout would mimic the process that customers experience every day in brick and mortar stores. The resulting checkout process would require several steps that are awkward, to say the least. First of all, you’ll have to move all items from the shopping cart to a “counting area” where they are counted and the sum that you have to pay is calculated. But before you can enter this counting area, you’ll have to wait to gain admission. Depending on the number of people […]

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Connecting Online with Offline via mobile App

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Connecting the online with the offline world is something deemed essential for the brick and mortar businesses in the very near future. The challenge is now how to actually implement this connection. Retail giants like Amazon have already a clear vision how this connection looks like: they build shops (Amazon Go) that are able to track customers in the shop and to fully automate the check out process. Chinese companies like Bingobox also offer their customers automated checkout experiences. While these automated checkout process are truly fascinating (just take what you need and walk away – payment happens automatically) there […]

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SOLOMON – SOcial LOcal MObile iNdoor

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Contrary to many predictions from the past, brick-and-mortar stores are still existing and are not going anywhere anytime soon as they are integral for a customer’s shopping experience. In fact, Amazon, probably THE online shopping platform started rolling out physical book stores and purchased the whole foods chain very recently – working on combining the online and the offline world. Just like Amazon, brick-and-mortar stores can enhance their shopping experience by combining the online and the offline world. Using (customer & product) information and improved customer interactions with smartphones wearables, interactive displays and projections, as well as through intelligent objects/infrastructure brick-and-mortar […]

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Why EDGE Computing is hot

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If you followed a recent announcements of the big IT companies like Microsoft, Google, Apple, Facebook or Amazon odds are that you heard a lot about Artificial Intelligence, Conversational Interfaces, Natural Language Processing or Augmented/Virtual Reality. There seems to be a consent among these companies that we’ll see intelligent assistants built into all kind of household appliances. Consumers already have Amazon Dot/Echo, Google Home and Apple is also entering the game with its Siri powered HomePod. All this devices provide considerable processing power: for example Apple’s smart speaker is rumored to have an A8 CPU which is the same chip […]

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