5G and edge computing have teamed up to unleash a new wave of innovation that could impact almost every aspect of our lives. 5G represents a generational leap in cellular technology in terms of speed, latency, and throughput. This potential of moving huge amounts of data from billions of connected devices is expected to accelerate the adoption of connected and intelligent devices in all industries. When 5G is paired with edge computing – bringing cloud computing resources closer to where data is actually generated – the resulting applications can transform products and experiences in ways that were previously beyond our reach.
Imagine being able to use high-resolution, real-time updated 3D maps that show realistic cityscapes to help you navigate to your destination, and vital road and safety information about the real-life views on your car’s windshield appear, superimpose Augmented Reality (AR).
In this new world of 5G and edge computing, driving could be less stressful with âsee-throughâ features that allow your vehicle to understand what is happening on the road ahead of you, even when your view is blocked by trucks or trees . Vehicles should be able to take preventive or evasive measures autonomously in order to avoid unprotected road users such as pedestrians or cyclists. Localized traffic analysis can be performed to provide vehicles with improved route guidance that avoids slowdowns and traffic jams.
5G and edge computing can also bring more excitement to entertainment with new immersive experiences for live events. Sports fans, for example, can view the current game from multiple angles in 4K and switch between real-time views during the game. You should also be able to get instant statistics, historical averages, and even an instant probability of the next game’s outcome. The venues will show real-time waiting times for food or use of the closest facilities.
This combination of reliable connectivity and powerful cloud services also offers enormous potential for improving all aspects of manufacturing. For example, in ongoing trials, computer vision software uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to enable autonomous transportation vehicles (AGVs) and automated mobile robots (AMRs) in factories to move loads quickly and safely. The AI ââ/ ML processing of video streams in the manufacturing process can be used for quality control and detection of safety concerns. Manufacturers should also be able to identify potential failures and carry out predictive maintenance and servicing of machines on site to ensure efficient and smooth operation.
When products arrive at retail stores, AMRs can be used for inventory checks, inventory, and other back room operations. IoT sensors are used to ensure cold chain integrity and edge computing hosted applications help with logistics and tracking to ensure freshness and stable temperatures, prevent spoilage and improve real-time inventory tracking.
The shopping experience of tomorrow will also be different. Software providers use augmented and virtual reality (AR / VR) to help navigate their stores. Appropriate and personalized information on products and offers could also be displayed in AR applications in order to offer a real “VIP” experience. In addition, innovative âgrab and goâ functions are being developed to reduce the time we spend at the checkout in popular stores.
Verizon 5G Edge, which combines Verizon’s 5G network with AWS compute and storage infrastructure, brings the data and processing of applications and services closer to the end user at the edge of the 5G network so that these innovative applications can be developed and delivered can. For more information on some of these exciting use cases, please visit http://verizon.com/5gedgeawscloud.