Juniper judged award entrants on a number of elements, specifically: Product Features and User Benefits; Product Innovation; Commercial Partnerships; Commercial Launches; Compliance & Certification; and Future Business Prospects.
The key strengths and advantages of Edge noted by the judging panel were:
- Overall effect of increasing speed and efficiency in a wide range of applications.
- Use of blockchain in edge computing.
- 7 established B2B partners.
- Network coverage in 60+ countries.
- The fact that anyone with a laptop, mobile or any connected device can earn $EDGE tokens by supplying spare computational and storage capacity to the network.
- The panel believe this idea is unique and innovative.
- This is a prime product, as Juniper Research expects 5G and edge to increase massively in the coming years especially within sectors such as smart manufacturing and smart cities.
- The business model leverages existing connected devices to provide computational power that can be monetised was seen as a huge plus.
- Despite a lack of standards, the key strength here is the solution uses most connectivity standards.
- Edge is open to partnerships with anyone who has a device.
Joseph Denne, CEO and Co-Founder of Edge Network said:
“It is a testament to the hard work of the team here at Edge that we have won ‘Best Edge Computing Platform’ in this year’s Future Digital Awards and we are delighted to have been recognised by this award win. With edge computing expected to be a significant emerging technology, we see ourselves as a first mover in the space. Over the next few years we envisage our network growing well beyond the current 271 nodes, with 45 going live in the first week that we started self-boarding in September, leading to a truly global, scalable and secure edge computing network.”
Elson Sutanto, Principal Analyst at Juniper Research said:
“Edge was an outlier when it came to judging this category, mainly due to their network being live in production and already allowing people to monetise their spare computing capacity. Along with IoT, 5G and blockchain, we see edge computing as a key emerging technology of the future.”