As the Internet of Things (IoT) reaches a hype level not seen since the Internet-driven tech bubble in the late 90’s, many pundits believe the model for IoT will be smart sensors communicating directly into machine clouds. As a friend recently said to me, “the cost of sensor technology and SIM cards has fallen so low that it makes no sense to do anything else.” I appreciated his conviction. I just didn’t buy his argument. In fact, I can think of seven reasons why edge computing is a critical element needed for the advancement of the IoT.

Let's take a deep dive into each reason.

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