Lenovo™ announced its all new portfolio of embedded computers for the edge during the Embedded World 2021 DIGITAL virtual exhibition. Building from the existing edge portfolio from Lenovo, the ThinkEdge devices – the new ThinkEdge SE30 and ThinkEdge SE50 – are small, rugged, and powerful enough to meet the demanding needs of enterprise data processing, security and scalability at the edge.
“The ThinkEdge SE30 and SE50 come at a time where more retailers and hospitality brands are looking to implement more automation and real-time analytics to augment their operations like guest experience, inventory and fulfilling. To meet the evolving consumer needs, edge computing can be leveraged to boost productivity, reliability and connectivity while being powerful, compact and durable. The ThinkEdge SE30, for example, powers signage and captures data from multiple sources simultaneously, including sensors, traffic counters and thermostats," said Blake Kerrigan, GM Edge Computing, Emerging Business.
Accelerating Productivity at the Edge
It is estimated that by 2025, 75 percent of enterprise-generated data will be processed at the edge.[i] The global pandemic has become a catalyst for digital transformation and accelerated the push to the edge for many levels of the enterprise, as new solutions for operations and sales are introduced in global markets. Edge computing applications are numerous and growing rapidly. Retailers are implementing more automated checkouts and dynamic signage, real-time store traffic monitoring, inventory and fulfilling. Manufacturers are further automating assembly lines with predictive maintenance alerts and utilizing smart cameras for safety and quality inspections. Healthcare turns to edge computing for remote patient monitoring and medical device integration. With increased need for powerful, real-time insights across industries, the edge is becoming more critical and complex than ever.
Lenovo’s December 2020 survey of IT executives and managers found that edge computing solutions are an urgent priority and their deployment is on a fast-track. Fifty-nine percent of those surveyed stated they are “looking to implement new edge computing solutions within the next 6 months.” And 82 percent stated that “real time data collection and analysis is where edge solutions are making the most impact on their business.”[ii]