InterDigital debuts 5G edge pilot for Industry 4.0

June 17, 2021 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
InterDigital debuts 5G edge pilot for Industry 4.0
5G edge pilot for Industry 4.0 applications supports bandwidth above 100 Mbps (Downlink) and 50 Mbps (Uplink) and less than 15ms latency.

InterDigital, a research and development company, as announced a successful  pilot to demonstrate the benefit of 5G edge for Industry 4.0 applications using Amazon Web Services (AWS) Wavelength on the Vodafone 5G network.

Vodafone is collaborating with AWS to move 5G data processing to the network edge to minimize latency for use cases that require high speed, ultra-low latency, and maximum bandwidth, such as industry 4.0 applications. Vodafone uses AWS Wavelength to bring AWS infrastructure and services closer to customers across the UK. Using AWS Wavelength at the edge of Vodafone 5G networks in the UK, a recent InterDigital pilot recorded an average downstream bandwidth around 50 Mbps and an average end-to-end latency of less than 15 ms, meeting and beating the strict requirements of Industry 4.0 use cases, like augmented robotic telepresence or autonomous zero-defect manufacturing.

Specifically, the InterDigital pilot demonstrated Industry 4.0 applications, such as the detection and disposal of defective products on an assembly line or the remote navigation of a vehicle within a factory. These applications are hosted at the edge due to their low latency requirements and use a 5G network to connect to the various terminal devices, like a robot, camera, or LiDAR. The solution guarantees required high bandwidth connectivity in uplink and low latency connectivity in both uplink and downlink.

“Distributed MEC has the capability to revolutionise the way we do business by bringing the cloud closer to the end-user,” said Anne Sheehan, Business Director, Vodafone UK. “By moving computing, storage and management to the edge of the network, we’re unlocking new possibilities for our users. Business applications will be able to respond in real-time, making once-impossible outcomes to reality.”

Simple snapshot of the pilot.

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