Lexmark, a worldwide technology solutions leader, announced its latest addition to its Optra IoT solutions portfolio. Lexmark Optra Edge runs AI applications closer to the point of data generation at the edge, avoiding the need to move data to the cloud, allowing businesses to gain quick AI insights to improve productivity, safety, and sustainability.
Organizations can use Optra Edge to sense, analyze, and act on real-time digital and physical data provided by IoT devices like cameras. Cost savings, better productivity, and a competitive advantage result as a consequence of this. According to IDC, spending on edge computing is expected to reach almost $274 billion by 2025.
While the convergence of 5G and IoT is creating greater demand for computing power at the edge to fuel business transformation, it is also exponentially multiplying the amount of data available. We've designed Optra Edge so our customers can run innovative AI applications on the edge while still enjoying enterprise-grade management, holistic security, open standards, and ability to leverage their existing infrastructure."
Vishal Gupta, Senior Vice President, Connected Technology and CITO of Lexmark.
Optra Edge reduces or eliminates data processing latency and speeds up AI-driven insights from IoT devices. To that end, AI and machine learning (ML) apps running on Optra Edge devices access sensory data like sight, sound, vibration, and temperature in real-time, allowing for real-time decisions without delay.
The solution uses containerized applications to secure sensitive information and keeps data local. It also employs secure-by-design measures to safeguard millions of Lexmark print devices worldwide. Manufacturers, in particular, will profit because they frequently have human or machine errors, which can result in essential parts being misplaced or out-of-spec items making it through the production line.
"Lexmark's own success in identifying real-time insights at the edge through advanced analytics and anomaly detection for our core business served as the catalyst and inspiration for Optra Edge. We can share and relate our own experiences, as we aid other organizations with their edge AI strategy," said Sudhir Mehta, Global Vice President for Optra Engineering and Product Management at Lexmark.