The Future is Now: Intel Solutions Summit 2017 Recap

Jun 13, 2017

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Explosive growth is the theme for 2017 across leading technology companies, and Intel is no exception. Intel’s growth is fueled by the Virtuous Cycle, powering the cloud and billions of smart, connected devices. In the midst of this digital transformation, Intel is building the future now with technologies that will transform everything from factories, to transportation, medicine, our cities and our homes. They are enabling everything and everyone to be connected, to do more, and to think differently. Supported by a year of massive restructuring and intense focus on growth markets, Intel promises innovative solutions across the data center, cloud, and IoT markets. Emerging solutions like Artificial Intelligence (AI) will become more prevalent with use cases across markets. Autonomous driving automotive manufacturers and consumers alike will rethink how we interact with our vehicles and others on our roadways as our cars become more aware of their surroundings. What that means for channel partners like UNICOM Engineering, and the OEM and ISV customers we support, is unparalleled opportunity and growth. There are a few areas that we think are worth discussing further.

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Network Transformation and 5G

Ultrafast, high throughput, low latency wireless networks are the promises of 5G and this connectivity is what threads the virtuous cycle together for Intel. How that speed, flexibility and agility are being accomplished is through technologies like millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum usage, small cell stations, massive MIMO and beamforming. If you really want to understand these technologies and how each piece affects the network, check out a video entitled Everything You Need to Know About 5G developed by IEEE Spectrum. What is interesting to us is what that network enables in terms of speed and throughput. IoT solutions, autonomous driving, smart cities and the multitude of connections that our current minds are imagining are forcing the network to change and expand. Once 5G becomes a reality, the bottlenecks and obstacles that stand in the way of delivering on innovation are removed, allowing for more opportunities, and increased service levels. And, for our customers, 5G is paving the way for next-gen solutions that do everything across the network and into the cloud from IoT, to routing traffic and securing data, to detecting bandwidth and streaming video, and everything in between.

IoT, Connect the Unconnected

The 5G network is a fundamental component to advancing the Internet of Things. Consider that by 2020 there will be 50 billion devices generating a flood of data per day; from 1.5 GB from the average Internet user to 750 PB of video from cloud video providers. Intel is at the forefront of the IoT revolution, transforming the way we do business with innovative technologies that enable devices to connect, share data and provide insights. Intel is taking a three-phased approach to evolve the IoT by connecting the unconnected, building smart and connected things, and creating an autonomous world. At each phase, Intel is developing enabling technology to turn ideas into reality with end-to-end solutions, edge analytics and a software-defined autonomous world.  A few key areas for massive growth are automotive, retail, industrial and smart video. To support efforts in these markets they are offering new modular Compute Cards, Joule for rapid prototyping, Quark microcontrollers, the NUC mini PC, and new Compute Sticks. UNICOM Engineering is seeing different use cases involving connected devices, new user experiences and analytics on the edge and we are helping our clients solve the challenges of developing IoT solutions with rapid prototypes for testing.

The Role of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Artificial Intelligence usage is growing and will become pervasive across countless industries from medical to finance. It is the piece of the puzzle that makes sense of the wealth of data being generated. It is capable of reason and acting on the data being created and transmitted. Some of the enabling technologies for AI include Intel Xeon Processors, Altera FPGAs, Intel’s Scalable System Framework, and Nervana’s Lake Crest co-processor technology to speed up the labor and compute intensive processes from machine learning activities. The interest in AI is becoming more prevalent based on significant increases in adoption and investment. In fact, IDC predicts that the AI market will grow to more than $47 billion by 2020. Examples of AI can be found in houses via Alexa, in object classification and detection, robotics in factories, in crime fighting efforts and even fraud prevention.

What are the Takeaways for UNICOM Engineering

The role of the channel partner, or system integrator in our scenario, is to truly understand the technology, discover how to leverage the building blocks to design solutions and then drive these ideas into the market. Together with our customers, we will play a vital role in enabling the digital transformation. Want to learn more, contact us today via phone at 800-977-1010 or by visiting www.unicomengineering.com.



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