Edge computing, in practice, offers the ability to process data close to the source, reducing latency and enabling applications to respond faster. It also enables better data security and bandwidth efficiency, as less data needs to be transported over the network.
In practice, this allows machine data to be transferred quickly and effectively to other devices and systems. Using middleware, such as OPC Router, the machine data can then be transferred to different cloud environments, ERP systems or databases. Other field-level devices, such as scales or printers, can also be connected in practice with middleware. In this way, edge computing can be used to quickly and efficiently establish an automated data transfer directly at the machine. This can then be easily scaled at any time using edge computing and the OPC router as middleware.