Evolution of Edge: Top trends driving the technology in 2021

Edge computing is here to stay. In fact, IDC estimates the number of connected devices will reach 55.7 billion by 2025. But before diving into how I expect edge to evolve in the upcoming year, I want to share how I define the technology:

What is edge computing? In simple terms, it is processing, analyzing and acting on data where it is created and actions are taken. Where is it being created? Locations that are out of the cloud or the main data center – warehouses, stores,...

Telefonica opens up 5G and edge offerings for startups to develop new services

Telefonica has launched a call for proposals for startups to build solutions focused around 5G and edge computing.

The initiative is part of the Wayra Activation Programme - part of Telefonica's global open innovation hub - which allows entrepreneurs free access to its technologies to test their solutions.

Startups selected will be part of the Wayra 5G/Edge Lab, a laboratory in Spain which is set to be launched 'in the coming weeks.' The laboratory will enable them to...

Jeff Ready, CEO, Scale Computing: On the evolution, use cases, and tailwinds of edge

There is a long-standing joke around edge computing and driverless cars. Back in 2019 Mike Fay, then of Dell but now at Amazon Web Services (AWS), told an audience at the IoT Tech Expo event: "If an autonomous car is driving and a deer runs out, you can't send those calculations to the cloud. If you do, you're having venison for dinner."

The need for lower latency to enable the types of computation required for edge use cases has never been more apparent. Jeff Ready,...

End-to-end network software provider Mavenir launches MEC solution

Mavenir, an end-to-end network software and systems integration provider for 4G and 5G, has launched a MEC (Multi-Access Edge Computing) solution.

MEC enables carriers to securely open their Radio Access Network (RAN) edge to authorised third-parties while providing the flexibility required for application and service innovation.

Applications running at the edge can use MEC to access content and real-time information under local-access network conditions.

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Intel’s new RealSense ID system uses on-device AI for facial authentication

Intel has debuted a new camera system called RealSense ID which uses on-device AI for facial authentication.

RealSense ID is designed for a range of applications including smart locks, access control, point-of-sale, ATMs, kiosks, and more.

An on-device active depth sensor is combined with a neural network to perform secure facial authentication at the edge.

Sagi Ben Moshe, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Emerging Growth and Incubation at...

Verizon and AWS add Seattle and Denver to MEC rollout – and showcases another connected car customer

Verizon and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are launching their mobile edge computing (MEC) platform in Seattle and Denver, bringing the total number of cities deployed to 10.

The move, which snuck in under the radar at the very end of 2020, means Denver and Seattle join Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.

The announcement cited companies with no specific link to the two newly announced cities as customers. These were...

Opinion: Bringing colocation closer to the edge

Seamlessly reliable and responsive applications are now expected by consumers and businesses: from video conferencing and content streaming to gaming and software distribution. Furthermore, ultra-low latency in the sub 10ms range, and so well below the current 50 – 150ms of Content Delivery Networks, is seen as essential in delivering future 5G and IoT enabled technologies and applications: from driverless vehicles to remote surgery and automated factories.  

Moving data...

South Korea deploys 5G MEC tech at Incheon airport to fight COVID-19

South Korea is deploying 5G MEC (Mobile Edge Computing) tech at Incheon International Airport to help fight COVID-19.

While, like many countries, COVID-19 cases have spiked in South Korea in recent days—the country is often considered as conducting one of the world’s most successful responses to the pandemic.

Incheon Airport is South Korea’s largest and the main gateway into the country. The MEC technology is being installed at both the arrival and departure halls...

Litmus and Google Cloud establish industrial edge partnership

Edge computing firm Litmus has established a partnership with Google Cloud for industrial applications.

Litmus Edge, the company’s flagship platform, will enable customers to gather industrial data from their assets and have it readily available in Google Cloud.

John Younes, Co-founder and COO of Litmus, said:

“Litmus Edge is a modern edge platform, purpose-built for industry and to bridge factory floors to the Cloud, so this partnership with Google...

EdgeX Foundry’s Hanoi release focuses on edge use cases for manufacturing and retail

EdgeX Foundry has released its latest semi-annual iteration, called Hanoi, with a plethora of new features and industries targeted.

The release from the LF Edge-based project within the Linux Foundation, which is a minor offering, includes simplified deployment protocols, as well as improved performance and scalability testing.

The key launch from the product side is command line interface (CLI), enabling develoeprs and users to issue various EdgeX API calls to its...