One to Watch: Can Military Technological ‘Trickle Down’ to Enterprise Edge Computing?

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By Reece Hayden | 4Q 2021 | IN-6312


Collaboration and Innovation within 5G Mobile Edge Computing


As the edge computing market continues to mature, collaborations between telecom operators and hyperscalers remain major drivers of 5G edge computing, specifically Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) (e.g., AWS/Verizon and Ericsson/Google Cloud). However, these activities are not the only ones in the market and perhaps not even the ones that will likely create success cases for the rest of the industry to follow. The military space, on the other hand, is becoming an innovation testbed.

As of September 16th, 2021, IBM and AT&T have entered a three-year partnership with the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) to jointly research 5G mmWave spectrum MEC maritime solutions. The aim of this partnership is to explore advanced technological solutions to promote autonomous and unmanned vehicles that can reduce the risk to humans within mission-critical operations. The partnership will further explore how 5G mmWave MEC can be utilized to support artificial reality (AR) and visual reality (VR) to assist in remote medical care situations. Like RADAR and GPS, this milit…

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