Dominating the Edge

Architecture

The first thing to understand is that the platters are connected on a common communications bus, and are therefore like miniature servers arranged as a server rack. They are held together by magnetic feet that fit into recesses in the platter below. The entire unit can therefore be picked up and moved without worrying that the whole lot may come apart.

The spring-loaded communications bus clip that connects a platter with the one above

Networking Platters

The next platters we are building are designed to, firstly, improve the qualities of the mesh network. There is quite a bit written about this in our whitepaper, but the purpose is mainly to:

  1. Improve throughput and reduce congestion by adding alternative radio bands and protocols for routing traffic
  2. Provide support for more connectivity to other networks and devices
  • Shorter range, higher throughput LTE-U (unlicensed)
  • Medium range Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS)
  • Longer range Sub 1 GHz IoT and obstacle penetrating spectrum
  • High frequency (unlicensed) communications

Alternative Platters

With the networking and Blockchain understood, lets get on to where things get extremely interesting. What else can we build? Why would an Ammbr router be a good place for it to be?

Intersecting the Internet of Things (IoT)

Being able to communicate with smart devices in the home and office from the Ammbr router also presents opportunities in the IoT world. One of the key areas we will be targeting is the issue of security.

Mobility and Irregular Power

Considering that many Ammbr routers will be deployed in regions where there is no power grid, or unreliable power, we are also building a battery pack into a platter. This will provide “clean” power when spikes threaten to disembowl electronics. It also provides a convenient way to attach alternative power such as solar or wind power. For some users it may be interesting to use the Ammbr device in a mobile or semi-mobile manner, for example providing networking services at events, or wherever there is a temporary need for connectivity. In these settings it will be useful if a power main isn’t a pre-requisite.

Conclusion

The Ammbr router is, we believe, a first in modular Edge Computing servers. The ability to blend services and technologies will create massive opportunities for enterprising developers to build distributed edge applications.

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