Fog computing is a relatively new term that’s yet to make a name for itself in the industry of IoT devices. Introduced by Cisco in 2014, it is a technology capable of bringing cloud computing to the edge for better data processing in vast networks of interconnected devices.
How does it work?
Let’s start with the edge. It’s not just a cool word in our context, but it is the term that stands for the “place” in the network where IoT devices create data. Fog is the train that delivers that data to its destination – a place where it will be stored like a centralized or a decentralized database.
“Fog computing is a system-level horizontal architecture that distributes resources and services of computing, storage, control and networking anywhere along the continuum from Cloud to Things.”
What fog brings to the table?
Businesses and governments need to analyze a lot of data. Like, A LOT! Imagine the infrastructure of a Smart City as an example. The software in it does everything from operating traffic lights based on the traffic situation to measuring water levels to tracking the volumes of energy consumption. All of that is done in real time.
Computations like that are resource-intensive. They require a lot of processing power and an insanely powerful bandwidth. The data need to be tracked, transferred to a data center and analyzed in it after all.
Fog computing, in turn, creates low-latency connections in the network thus eradicating the technical requirements of such an architecture.
Additionally, for computing reduces security risks as the less the data travels, the lower are the chances of it being hijacked not to mention additional features like segmentation or firewalls that can be placed in the network.
Fog and blockchain
A fog network is composed of nodes that have equal roles. It can be a network of smart cars, sensors, or even toasters for that matter as long as every device in the network is working on a shared goal. This is called distributed computing.
An infrastructure of interconnected devices like that needs a skilled manager capable of overseeing and verifying the processes done in the network. Enter blockchain – a technology designed for tasks like that from the box.
Blockchain and fog create a well-functioning distributed ledger together. The architecture becomes decentralized, autonomous and trustless thanks to the transparency of data in a public ledger.
The future is here
The issues of data transfer security are among the top challenges our world is facing today as everyone becomes more and more dependent on smart tech. Your phones, cars, and even light bulbs all gather and collect colossal volumes of information that you’d rather be well protected.
Public data sources like the elements of a Smart City share the same challenges and areas (if not more) vulnerable.
Distributed computing, fog networks, and blockchain bring a solution to these challenges. How can I tell? Because Mineunit is developing a solution like that right now.
Yes, our device is not a simple altcoin miner. If let alone, it will make your crypto wallet filled with new coins, but when connected into a network it is capable of much more.
Thanks to our unique design decisions and solutions like LoRa, mineunit can track, store and analyze data from open sources without transferring it to a centralized database.
Not only will you become a part of the infrastructure of the future, not only will you help your city or area to solve the problems it faces, but you will also be rewarded with money for your impact.
Yes, a distributed computing platform that rewards users for being a part of it exists – it’s mineunit!
The real question is – are you ready to become a part of the revolution?