In the coming sustainable and digital society, emerging services in smart cities, smart agriculture, and smart energy bring large amounts of connected devices, requiring large volumes of data transmission and low latency. To tackle the challenges, edge computing becomes a promising answer. Edge computing is a natural extension of cloud computing, which features fast decision-making, low bandwidth, and offline maintenance.The PolarEdge project aims to develop an open IoT Edge platform that provides platform-as-a-service (PaaS), which can be deployed to various IoT edge scenarios (e.g., factory floor, building, logistics, and field assets), enable connection to massive IoT protocols (sensors and actuators), and run on custom hardware such as IoT gateways and embedded PCs, regardless of the heterogeneous architectures.The open edge platform provides the runtime for custom edge applications that are developed using cloud-native philosophy, i.e., applications are modulated into microservices to guarantee light footprint, maintainability, and scalability. Through a single panel exposed by the edge platform, customers are able to deploy custom applications into distributed edge devices in a scalable manner and perform monitoring, control, and artificial intelligence tasks through the same panel.The goal of this project is to finish the initial PolarEdge product development and pilot testing with innovative customers, bridging the gap between research knowledge and the product market.
PolarEdge is currently supported by RCN and Innovation Norway and engaging with our pilot customers Eljun AB in renewable energy sector, and Vertical Plants System AB in smart plant wall systems. Eljun AB initially would like to have an Edge platform for managing their EV charging facilities first and then extend to other facilities, with additional functions like EdgeAI. Vertical Plants System AB would like to start with a pilot to replace their property solutions (Azure) with our open edge PaaS solutions to have more flexibility and privacy.