15 Innovative applications of edge computing

This article showcases 15 companies that are delivering edge computing use cases today. The solutions they offer target different industry verticals and are at different stages of maturity but are all reliant on edge infrastructure to unlock future growth. All these companies in this article have also been featured in STL Partners’ Edge Computing Use Case Directory.

STL Partners has been tracking use cases driving demand for edge computing in our Edge Use Case Directory. This resource has over 50 different use cases in organised by industry vertical, type of edge, maturity of use case etc and is available to all subscribers to our Edge Insights Service.

Also included within the directory are case studies of companies that are delivering this use case today, either as a scaled solution or part of a PoC or pilot. This article highlights 15 of those companies that are spotlighted in our Edge Use Case Directory.

If you are delivering an edge-enabled solution and want to be featured in our Edge Use Case Directory, please get in touch with us here.

Alef Edge

Edge use case: Contextual digital out of home advertising
Industry: Retail
Description: Alef Edge has enabled smart advertising where cameras on screens capture information about the gender and age of people looking at the screens and through AI then ensure the screen displays an advert that is targeted to the viewer.
Link to find out morehttps://venturebeat.com/2022/04/18/why-private-edge-networks-are-gaining-popularity-in-the-enterprise-right-now/


Edge use case: Real-time collaboration in design and engineering
Industry: AEC, retail
Description: Arvizio software can enable two users in remote locations to work together on complex graphics like CAD models (used in architecture).
Link to find out more: https://www.arvizio.io/


Edge use case: Advanced predictive maintenance

Industry: Tourism
Description: Atos has demonstrated the value of massive IoT to monitor the condition of rollercoaster machinery and alert employees where there may be a degradation in performance.
Link to find out more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8z3jrOH978w


Edge use case: Cloud gaming, virtual desktop infrastructure

Industry: Media and entertainment
Description: Blacknut provides the ability for gamers to access any game without the need to own a console or specific gaming laptop. They do this by offloading compute from the device into the cloud/edge.
Link to find out more: https://www.blacknut.com/en


Edge use case: Connected car driver assistance

Industry: Transport and logistics
Description: Continental have developed Continental Automotive Edge Platform which aims to deliver solutions for multiple car manufacturers around areas like driver safety and entertainment.
Link to find out more: https://www.continental.com/en/press/press-releases/20210728-cross-domain-hpc/


Edge use case: Condition-based monitoring
Industry: Manufacturing
Description: Crosser provides a software platform that can aggregate and analyse industrial IoT data from multiple OEMs.
Link to find out more: https://www.crosser.io/solutions/iot-edge-analytics/


Edge use case: Drone detection
Industry: AEC, defence, extractive industries, logistics, manufacturing, media & entertainment, retail, tourism, transport, utilities
Description: Dedrone has partnered with Vodafone to offer drone sensing and threat mitigation software.
Link to find out more: https://www.dedrone.com/


Edge use case: Game optimisation
Industry: Media and entertainment
Description: Edgegap enables game companies to host their games on edge servers and offers capabilities like faster and fairer matchmaking for multiplayer games.
Link to find out more: https://edgegap.com/

EK Automation

Edge use case: Automated guided vehicles
Industry: Manufacturing
Description: EK Automation, a company that manufacture AGVs, has been involved in smart factory trials that leverage a campus network from Deutsche Telekom.
Link to find out more: https://www.smart-industry.net/5g-partnerships-for-smart-factories-from-deutsche-telekom/

See how STL can help you capitalise on the edge computing opportunity

Develop a rich understanding of the edge computing opportunity with our research service. Book your demo today

Book a demo

Gorilla Technology

Edge use case: Flow analysis – video ingest and analytics
Industry: Financial services, government, retail, tourism, transport
Description: Gorilla Technology provides analytics on video footage to provide insights on shopper behaviour and demographics.
Link to find out more: https://www.gorilla-technology.com/Smart-Retail


Edge use case: Building monitoring / alarm systems
Industry: Real estate
Description: Gravio captures real-time information on buildings such as temperature, movements and vibrations – this information is automatically communicated to other sensors in the building as well as between buildings as well.
Link to find out more: https://www.gravio.com/en/enterprise


Edge use case: Edge ADN and web content optimisation
Industry: Media & entertainment
Description: Section’s Adaptive Edge Engine provides an edge delivery network that can enable secure, compliant and low latency performance.
Link to find out more: https://www.section.io/

Smart Mobile Labs

Edge use case: Live video / broadcast
Industry: Media & entertainment
Description: Smart Mobile Labs provides optimised video streaming over 4G and 5G and leverages mobile or regional edge clouds to reduce the latency even further.
Link to find out more: http://smartmobilelabs.com/

Stratus Technologies

Edge use case: Environmental condition monitoring
Industry: Agriculture, extractive industries, manufacturing, tourism, transport
Description: Stratus Technologies provides an edge platform that monitors machinery and helps reduce unplanned downtime and ensure the continuous availability of applications critical to the business.
Link to find out more: https://www.stratus.com/


Edge use case: Fleet management and asset tracking
Industry: AEC, extractive industries, logistics, tourism, transport
Description: Samsara uses video and IoT technologies to monitor, manage and provide visibility over equipment and vehicles in a fleet using one portal.
Link to find out more: https://www.samsara.com/

Tilly Gilbert


Tilly Gilbert

Principal Consultant & Edge Practice Lead

Tilly is a Principal Consultant at STL Partners and has led consulting projects with both operators and technology companies across a number of domains including network automation, edge computing and 5G B2B strategies. She has authored research reports including “Building telco edge infrastructure: MEC, Private networks & vRAN” and “Recovering from COVID: 5G to stimulate growth and drive productivity”. Tilly holds a BA from University of Oxford and an MA from University of Pennsylvania.

Read more about edge computing

Edge computing market overview

This 33-page document will provide you with a summary of our insights from our edge computing research and consulting work:

Edge gateways: Their role and importance in edge computing

An edge gateway (also sometimes known as an IoT gateway) is a IoT function that is located at the edge. An edge gateway connects IoT devices to edge infrastructure, primarily by translating IoT protocols into data formats that can be aggregated and processed at the edge.

Edge computing infrastructure for AI workloads

STL Partners look at 15 Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) that are using edge computing technology to ensure maximal performance and reliability in their AI models.

15 Edge AI Companies: Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to watch in 2024​ 

STL Partners look at 15 Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) that are using edge computing technology to ensure maximal performance and reliability in their AI models.