When implementing 5G and edge computing, organizations can build upon their existing networks—including its LAN, WAN or even SD WAN—as well as its corporate data center.
By using a centralized cloud network to handle general-purpose, latency-tolerant applications, early MEC adopters can send mission-critical applications across 5G through an access network. This enables the high throughput and massive volume required for data to travel to edge gateway devices, such as IoT sensors, cameras, drones and robotic automation systems.
A good use case example might be the smart factory environment. There, workers could use 5G-connected cameras to inspect inventory before it leaves a warehouse, or robots could communicate with each other to provide efficient data analysis and remove human error. Robots would no longer require the traditional topology of the access layer or on-premise gateway—as latency-sensitive components, they would connect through the 5G network to an MEC node. Latency-tolerant services, in turn, would operate on the core cloud. 5G’s ultra-low latency, coupled with the capability of a private MEC environment, could bring the concept of always-on intelligence to life in such a setting.
5G could enhance the performance and potential areas in which isolated, secure and private MEC is already transforming large enterprises. Become one of those enterprises by learning more about Verizon 5G Edge.