Extending the edge of the cloud
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The wireless communications network that surrounds us is expanding to include new applications that extend the role of traditional area networks, often by providing intelligence for previously unintelligent objects. Collectively dubbed the "Internet of Things" or the "swarm", these new devices gather data, report, and at times act on conditions autonomously. Due to their small scale and vast numbers, the new systems will dramatically change areas such as transportation, building and city management, healthcare, personal life, and more.