International Business Machines had 26 patents in edge computing during Q1 2024. IBM filed patents in Q1 2024 for intelligently assigning robotic edge devices to tasks, deploying font servers to edge devices based on demand, provisioning business functions to edge devices, setting primary servers within changing business density clusters, and managing data usage integrity through segmentation and anomaly detection. GlobalData’s report on International Business Machines gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

International Business Machines grant share with edge computing as a theme is 30% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Intelligent assignment of robotic edge devices in an edge computing ecosystem (Patent ID: US20240103519A1)

The patent filed by IBM describes a computer-implemented method, system, and computer program product for intelligently assigning robotic edge devices to perform tasks within an edge computing ecosystem. The method involves identifying robotic edge devices in a specific geographic location, determining their attributes, identifying tasks to be performed, selecting a subset of capable devices based on attributes, and assigning them to complete the task. The attributes considered include physical capabilities, edge computation latency, communication range, and geographic location. Tasks can be physical in nature and may involve moving objects using edge computation between devices.

The system and computer program product described in the patent enable the processor to execute the method of identifying, selecting, and assigning robotic edge devices for tasks efficiently. The system includes a processor and a computer-readable storage medium storing program instructions for performing the method. The computer program product, when executed by the processor, facilitates the identification of robotic edge devices, determination of attributes, task assignment to capable devices, and monitoring of task completion. The attributes considered for device selection include physical capabilities, latency, communication range, and location. The patent covers a wide range of robotic edge devices that can be utilized for tasks, such as reconnaissance robots, debris clearing devices, excavators, smart vehicles, and unmanned aerial vehicles.

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