Though HarperDB is a database and not an application company, we often find ourselves building templates for partners to prove the value of edge and distributed computing. Our partners then leverage these templates to develop custom solutions to meet the specific needs of their clients. One of our most successful templates supports mobile asset management using edge computing, collection and data analysis. Although there are many point solutions on the market today for“fleet management,” including some from the major telecom providers, this template is resonating withour clients and partners who are willing to deploy a more custom solution that fits into their environment and better supports their specific business processes.
If you’ve made it to this blog you’ve probably heard the term“persistent” thrown around with ETL,and are curious about what they really mean together. Extract, Transform, Load(ETL) is the generic concept of taking data from one or more systems and placing it in another system, often in a different format. Persistence is just a fancy word for storing data. Simply put, persistent ETL isadding a storage mechanism to an ETL process. That pretty much covers the what, but the why is much more interesting…
Those that know me today may be shocked to hear that I was a quiet, shy, nerdy kid in high school. Well, at least the shy and quiet part, I probably still have the nerdy part covered.Back then, like most kids, I had no idea what I wanted to do in life.I liked playing with gadgets, but didn’t know how to turn that into a career. One day I heard an announcement about an interest meeting for the school’s robotics team and figured I’d check it out.It’s been over a decade since I walked into that classroom and I’m still involved with the team and the organization.
Recently at HarperDB, we have been performing some proof of concept projects which demonstrate the ability to consume, process and distribute sensor data directly on the edge and in many cases directly on these actual devices. Some of the projects are with clients while there are others that we undertake ourselves for R&D. In the past month we have integrated a variety of sensors with HarperDB including GPS and OBD2 sensors for vehicles, and high performance electrical relays for industrial plants. The projects all have the same workflows and similar outcomes - collect high frequency sensor data, perform filtering and analytics directly on the edge and provide real-time pertinent events directly to end users. The edge database capabilities of HarperDB provide a platform for edge computing and analytics - allowing companies to keep up with the explosion of sensors and data.