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IoT Integrator Summit: The Fourth Industrial Revolution & 5G for Multi-Access Edge Computing

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This presentation was originally delivered during the IoT Integrator Summit on Securing Edge Computing, which took place from July 14-16, 2020. You can  view the full event summary and as well as access additional sessions from the IoT Integrator Summit here.

Following is the recording and a session summary of a talk by Paul Winter, FPEM, Sr. Manager - Solutions Architects, Enterprise, B2B, Verizon.

In this session recording, you will learn how Verizon is innovating in the IoT space and the shift to 5G.

Watch the video or peruse the notes from the session below.

 

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Session notes

Verizon today

Verizon has the power to bring 5G services to the true, high-bandwidth millimeter wave spectrum. Verizon is impressively equipped in the following ways:

  • Over 800K route miles in their IP network
  • Over 1,600 retail locations
  • Over 155K employees
  • Ranked #16 on the Fortune 500 list
  • $126B in revenue (2018)

 

Verizon’s goal is to utilize their platform and connectivity to deliver new technologies. They regularly acquire new companies that are leading the way in 5G-powered solutions.


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5G overview

The first three industrial revolutions featured developments like the mechanical loom, conveyer belt and programmable logic controllers. 5G is the fourth. By 2023, over 1B 5G devices will be developed. 

There are critical building blocks to activate a 5G infrastructure. These include:

  • Millimeter-wave spectrum
  • Ultra-dense deployment

 

PLUS

  • New radio (MIMO, waveforming, flexible spectrum use)
  • Software-defined networking/network function virtualization + 5G next gen core

 

In some places, 5G protocols can be delivered over DSS. But the high bandwidth, ultra low latency requires very wide swaths of spectrums to pull off. That’s what the millimeter-wave spectrum provides. 

5G ultra wideband

Optimal security, speed and agility are achieved through the 5G ultra wideband. This infrastructure is able to support billions of devices. The capabilities, compared to 4G, are huge:

  • Data reach and higher mobile data volumes
  • Potential <10ms latency
  • Potential >10 Gbps peak data rates
  • 10-100x connected devices

 

The difference with 5G

What makes 5G ultra wideband different? There are a few vital steps to building this technology in a way that is deployable:

  • Fiber: drive densification. Verizon has committed to a $1.05B investment in new fiber-optic cable (2018-2020).
  • Millimeter-wave spectrum: critical spectrum holdings and nationwide deep millimeter-wave spectrum.
  • Small cell deployment: upgrading 4G locations into 5G locations. Relationship building with municipalities to accelerate network deployment.
  • Edge computing: nationwide network locations are ideally suited and can activate computing resources that will enable low-latency applications.

5G use cases

Verizon is using 5G to deliver services to end users. For example, a mobile broadband user using FB has a different lead than a mission-critical ambulance who needs to do video conferencing with a surgeon at a hospital. 5G network slicing is a vital way to develop pathways and prioritize for various customer needs. Consistent speed and bandwidth for everyone can be achieved with this practice.

The network is pliable. That’s where edge computing comes in. Multi-access edge computing (MEC) enables cloud servers to run close to endpoint users. This reduces latency and speeds up local processing.

Here’s the contrast:

Cloud computing is a traditional method which goes from heavy processing/high latency into an access network and then into the user endpoint.

MEC takes the cloud computing with heavy processing and high latency and gets to the user endpoint with light processing, less bulkiness and longer device battery life.

With MEC, the cloud is left where it is. Specific applications, which are bandwidth and/or latency sensitive, are moved to the edge of the network.

Industry-specific examples:

  • City infrastructures: 5G ultra wideband cells can bring real time video insights into the world. Facial recognition, floor plans, etc.
  • Internet of Things: gateways to aggregate messages and ensure low latency and security. Real-time response for applications.

 

Why edge computing matters

Edge computing can change the entire approach. Intelligent devices should live at the edge. These require higher battery consumption and higher cost. If the end device can be simplified to be more targeted toward its end goal, these barriers can be overcome.

5G capability enlivens things like AR, VR, MAPI. Reduced cost, increased efficiency and more stable products are the outcomes of implementing these measures.

5G in the workplace and world

Higher quality, lower latency services can be achieved in a wireless environment. This makes businesses resistant to change or even more resilient to natural disasters or fiber cuts that exist in the last mile.

Extreme mobile broadband can activate things like:

  • Intelligent video
  • Remote diagnostics and telemedicine
  • Augmented driving
  • Factory automation
  • Infrastructure management
  • Smart grids
  • Industrial applications (sensors, robots, video processing)
  • Farming (create ecosystems)

 

Verizon isn’t decommissioning its LTE infrastructure. There is still plenty of real-world application for businesses who do not need a 5G system.

Verizon and AWS

Together, Verizon and AWS are bringing an industry-leading, game-changing platform to a new world. 5G is a major factor to get the most out of edge computing. There are a wide range of new capabilities and diverse use cases. Where 4G can support 4,000 devices per square kilometer, 5G can support a million.

IoT thingspace

Part of the implementation effort is to coordinate different IoT systems. You can look at Verizon 5G Labs to learn more. To run an efficient IoT journey, there need to be:

  1. Development tools
  2. Device lifecycle tools
  3. Software management services
  4. Device location services

 

These are all part of the ThingSpace Software Management Services. Verizon’s philosophy for managing IoT is to protect, detect and respond with layered protection and operational device security.

Verizon private network

Verizon offers complete control over your devices. The last thing people want is an IoT device with a public, static IP. It would be better if it sat behind an organization’s IP. That’s exactly what is accomplished with the Verizon Private Network. It creates a private connection between an IoT device and a company’s infrastructure, which reduces vulnerability from public internet.

Q & A from listeners

Here are some questions submitted by listeners.

Who do we contact for proof of concept?

You can reach out to Paul Winter directly on LinkedIn. You can find the Verizon 5G Labs online, which are international incubators. Last, there is Verizon Open Development, which will show all of the certified products and more information.


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About Paul

Innovative Top performing technical sales professional with over 30 years of Solutions Sales and Management experience in the wireless, wire line Telecommunications and LMR Industries with both the public and private sectors. Consistent track record as a results oriented professional leader in roles that required Management, Sales, Engineering, Service, Disaster Planning, Response and Recover, as well as strong Relationship Management skills. Extensive experience leading Wireless Sales, Service and Project Management teams. Proven record of success working with multiple Distribution Channels, individuals and groups to drive results. Strong management experience that has resulted in the ability to develop and maintain successful teams that drive results. Consistently updating knowledge base of new products , services and industry trends.

Specialties:

Management, Relationship Management, Account Management, Project Management, Security, Wireless Voice & Data Applications, Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Response, Public Safety Communications, Consulting, Teaching, Instructing and Public Speaking.

Emergency Management Expertise:

Certified Florida Professional Emergency Manager (FPEM) by the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association (FEPA). Seven years working directly in the field of Emergency Management with a solid track record of high performance in assigned roles. Extensive training and experience in Emergency Management preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation. Awarded both the FEMA Basic & Advanced Professional Development Series.

About Verizon IoT Offerings

The Internet of Things is about extending the internet beyond smartphones and computers to a whole range of things like smart sensors, appliances, cars & trucks, kiosks, fitness devices and traffic lights.

Today, millions of IoT devices, collecting billions of data records, are enabling faster decision making with greater accuracy.

Verizon’s broad portfolio of solutions is helping businesses around the world enhance customer loyalty, keep tabs on high-value assets and boost efficiency.

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