Technology provides humans with information and insights, but solution builders need to find ways to make abstract data outputs from computers easily understandable to humans. Edge visualization transforms data into actionable forms, allowing people to use insights for decision-making, communication, and the next best steps.
Visualization at the edge can present data in the form of a chart or graph, comparisons, real-time outputs that continuously change – or just words, numbers, or symbols. People know they just need to strike a few keys or touch a touchscreen to make it happen, but solution builders know there’s much more – including choosing industrial display systems including GPU modules, embedded computers, industrial touch screen monitors, and industrial panel computers suited to the task and the environment.
Where visualization at the edge is necessary
One common use case for edge visualization is kiosks. They’re used more and more in daily life, from customer-facing in a restaurant or store or internal operations, such as checking credentials or performing temperature checks as employees arrive for work.
However, innovators are bringing visualization at the edge to new applications to streamline processes and quicken decision making in mission-critical applications, such as:
Medical imaging: Medical imaging systems, such as X-ray, computed tomography (CT), endoscopy, and ultrasound, put a high premium on low latency and image quality which are key to diagnosis. These systems require high-speed data streaming, real-time AI inference, accelerated image reconstruction, and optimized displays with maximized dimensions, resolution, and color saturation.
Clinic console for doctors: A console provides doctors with a display for entering and accessing patient records, examining images, nutrition and medication information, and current status and syncs it to a server. The system also includes a second display to engage and educate the patient.
Casino gaming: Edge visualization in this use case requires industry displays and GPUs to support multi-display configurations and deliver mesmerizing visual experiences in an instant.
Manufacturing equipment: Human-machine interfaces in factories provide production monitoring and control are another example. Dashboards can reveal equipment status, performance over time, cost comparisons and more to managers as well as employees on the floor, who can see when it’s time to take action and get operations back on track.
Challenges developing visualization at the edge
Choosing industrial display systems which may integrate GPU modules, embedded computers, industrial touch screen monitors, and industrial panel computers for your use case requires taking several factors into account:
- High system responsiveness with a low end-to-end latency, that is the time a system takes to reconstruct and display an image on a screen
- Support for immersive visuals that show the level of detail required for the application
- Versatile functionality to support application-specific features.
- Readability in different use cases, requiring choosing the right display for indoor or outdoor use or viewing in direct sunlight
- Durability to perform reliably in different environments, including factories, outdoor applications, hospitals where the display could be exposed to harsh conditions or frequently disinfecting
- The manufacturer should back its products with a commitment to years of support to ensure maximum product life and return on investment
Edge computing and display technologies are mature; however, the integration of display and computing equipment with a sleek look and the capabilities necessary for specific industries can be challenging to source. Furthermore, arbitrary combinations of edge computing and displays can result in subpar performance, a system that doesn’t deliver anticipated value, and possibly, costs to replace the system to correct those issues.
ADLINK has developed a line of edge visualization solutions that combine edge computing and visualization to create smart systems for vertical applications. These systems, comprised of embedded MXM GPU modules, embedded computers, industrial touch screen monitors and industrial panel computers, accelerate rendering, AI, graphics, computing, and display performance on an edge system, optimizing visualization at the edge for compute-demanding, graphics-intensive industrial applications.
Working closely with partners including NVIDIA and AU Optronics (AUO), ADLINK has disrupted the visualization space with vertical-specific solutions. For example, ADLINK’s embedded MXM GPU modules accelerate beamforming for ultrasound devices and improve image reconstruction for C-arm machines in healthcare applications. ADLINK also offers a line of medical panel computers that feature high computing performance, hygienic design, and medical class I certification for use in intraoperative patient monitoring, clinical diagnosis, and patient data management systems (PDMS).
ADLINK’s industrial panel computers are used in voting machines that require high reliability and security, access control, and network connectivity. In cold-chain logistics applications, industrial panel computers are also used to monitor refrigerated warehouses to ensure the integrity of temperature-sensitive products. Industrial touch screen monitors from ADLINK are also designed with commercial and industrial needs in mind. A PCAP 10-point touch interface enables various gesture control, and high brightness, anti-fingerprint surfaces, and wide viewing angles make them easy to read in a wide range of use cases.
Visualization at the edge increases efficiency, enhances user experiences, and can even help an enterprise capture more revenue. Decrease time to market with a new solution with an industrial panel computer or industry panel display that’s purpose-built for your vertical and matches your specifications for optimal visualization. Read ADLINK’s case studies to see how we are helping to create effective visualization solutions across a wide range of verticals, and for more information on partnering with ADLINK for your next project, contact us.