Businesses and developers in three new locations – Atlanta, New York and Washington, DC – can now build and deploy applications with AWS Wavelength (opens in new tab) at Verizon’s 5G Edge, following last month’s launch of the Verizon and AWS mobile edge computing (MEC) platform in Boston and the Bay Area.
“Watching businesses build transformational applications on the world’s first 5G mobile edge computing platform with AWS Wavelength shows how our 5G Ultra Wideband network matters to customers today, and is already impacting how businesses operate and consumers live, work and play,” said Tami Erwin, CEO of Verizon Business. “When it comes to innovating on 5G and MEC, we’re only scratching the surface.”
Mobile edge computing is a vital component of Verizon 5G, as it moves application data and processing closer to the edge of the network. This reduces latency, so application developers can produce next generation 5G use cases.
A number of companies are already taking advantage of 5G MEC, and here we take a look at just three of them.
Zixi’s (opens in new tab) Software-Defined Video Platform (SDVP) enables live broadcast-quality (4K) video delivery over any IP network. The company’s currently testing how a major broadcasters can deliver live feeds over 5G using AWS Wavelength. Ultimately, the company is hoping to test how content providers can distribute live streams across broadcast media workflows, taking advantage of low latency, without the need for satellites.
“We’re working with Verizon, AWS Wavelength and a major global broadcaster to test many live and live linear 4K and 8K broadcast media workflows for 5G production implementations,” said Gordon Brooks, CEO and executive chairman of Zixi. “With our SDVP on Verizon 5G Edge and AWS Wavelength, our customers should have the ability to scale, provide end to end workflow management and the quality of experience that their consumers demand.”
YBVR (opens in new tab) is building a VR video platform, and is testing how it can utilize 5G and Wavelength to stream live 8K Ultra HD (UHD) video to sports fans and concert goers, taking the user experience to a new level, by allowing simultaneous users to choose various camera views with ultra-low latency.
“Leveraging the powerful combination of Verizon 5G and AWS Wavelength will enable us to put the ‘fan in control’,” said Sebastian Amengual, YBVR co-founder and CTO. “With 5G and MEC, fans should be able to enjoy 8K live streams on mobile and XR devices in real-time and have their own, personalized watching experience which was not feasible before.”
CrowdVision (opens in new tab) is testing how 5G and AWS Wavelength can provide the throughput and low latency required to help detect pedestrian movements, and improve safety and wayfinding. CrowdVision uses video or LiDAR and artificial intelligence to provide live data about everything from crowd congestion to traffic flows, queues and wait times, in venues like airports and arenas.
“Deploying cameras and LiDAR using a wireless infrastructure that can handle CrowdVision’s large bandwidth requirements is a true game changer,” said Sam Kamel, president of CrowdVision America. “By working with Verizon and AWS, we can now extend our analytics solution to places never before accessible. With 5G and MEC, we can improve how large venues manage crowds and apply social distancing controls to deliver not only fun - but also safe - customer and fan experiences.”