Communications giants flow to Amazon’s edge to power 5G business and industrial applications

Vodafone and Verizon have embarked on programs to incorporate wavelength technology from Amazon Web Services (AWS) in the deployment of multi-access distributed edge computing (MEC) on 5G networks to bring customers and applications closer together. key.

Building on a relationship first announced in 2019, AWS and Vodafone Business are working together to further accelerate 5G application development through a new incubation scheme, the Vodafone Business Edge Innovation Program.

The three-month program is designed to provide startups, ISVs, enterprises, and independent developers exclusive access to leading-edge computing training and expert support from Vodafone and AWS to help them develop, test, and deploy a 5G application of proof of concept (PoC) on AWS Wavelength and Vodafone 5G network.

Vodafone and AWS will select up to 20 projects from the submitted proposals. These projects will receive exclusive access to 5G devices, technical support and expert help to develop a full pilot deployment in the UK or Germany.

Technical training and hands-on labs begin in January, and participants will receive promotional credits from AWS to offset the cost of the cloud services they would use to train and develop a PoC application. Meanwhile, Vodafone Business has implemented pilot programs with AWS Wavelength at the edge of the Vodafone 5G network to help developers build applications that require low-latency connectivity for mobile devices and end users.

By incorporating AWS compute and storage services at the edge of Vodafone Business’ 4G and 5G network, the two companies claim to be enabling developers to build “innovative” applications “easily” on the AWS infrastructure and deploy them at the node. network closest to its end. -users. This, they say, will help developers address use cases such as facility change and security monitoring, smart cars, smart cities, healthcare, and interactive live video streaming.

“Working with AWS on edge computing means that we are making it easier for both independent software vendors and our customers to experiment with this emerging technology,” said Vinod Kumar, CEO of Vodafone Business. “We are doing this by offering an incubation space to create and test applications that we can then industrialize and scale. We are already seeing some innovative applications that deliver positive business results. “

Among the companies already participating in the program is San Francisco-based Dedrone, which provides airspace security technology to protect people, property and information from unauthorized and malicious drone activity. Its software integrates different types of sensors and video analytics so that organizations can immediately detect when a drone is in and around their assets and act quickly.

The company has now integrated its airspace security platform into Vodafone Business’ distributed multiple access edge computing powered by AWS Wavelength. This is said to allow for rapid drone detection, allowing for quick installation and keeping facilities and people safer. “Critically important sites can now update their security programs to protect their lower airspace,” he said.

With the launch of availability in Las Vegas, US businesses and developers can now build and deploy applications using Verizon’s 5G Edge systems with AWS Wavelength at eight locations across the country. Once again, building on a partnership last year, the operator and AWS have launched, in addition to Las Vegas, MEC capabilities in Atlanta, the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Dallas, Miami, New York and Washington DC. There are plans to add two more cities by the end of the year.

The two companies say their partnership brings AWS compute and storage services to the edge of Verizon’s 5G ultra-broadband network, enabling innovators to develop applications that require ultra-low 5G-enabled latency and responsiveness. . With these capabilities, developers can create and deliver enhanced experiences and address performance-critical use cases that leverage processing and storage power closer to 5G mobile users.

“By leveraging the powerful combination of Verizon 5G Edge and AWS Wavelength, developers can deliver a wide range of latency-sensitive and transformative use cases, such as automated robotic systems in manufacturing facilities and smart cities and automobiles,” said Tami Erwin. , CEO of Verizon Business. “We already have customers today creating exciting new applications in industries ranging from healthcare to sports and we look forward to the next game-changing application to be built on 5G and MEC.”

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