Nokia shines the spotlight on Mobile Edge Computing

MEC to enable private, low-latency applications tailored to enterprise needs
Nokia is a founding member of the Mobile Edge Computing ETSI Industry Specification Group
Nokia is a founding member of the Mobile Edge Computing ETSI Industry Specification Group

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Nokia is extending its application of Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) so enterprises can take advantage of applications using low latency, business-critical mobile broadband networks to satisfy all their communications needs, enhance operations and reduce costs.

The vendor has launched three enterprise-specific MEC applications: object tracking to allow the tracking of assets and personnel to centimetre-level accuracy, extension of video surveillance from the operations room to mobile devices, and video analytics, to analyse data feeds from security cameras.

Nokia will provide an AppFactory environment for the creation of applications to meet the specific needs of enterprises and will support the integration of existing enterprise applications to the MEC environment.

The company will initially enable connectivity over existing licensed LTE spectrum, working together with operators to transform portions of their 4G networks into discrete private LTE networks as well as over Wi-Fi networks via its 'Wi-Fi Controller as a Service offer'. In a future development Nokia will leverage LTE in the unlicensed spectrum using its MulteFire technology.

Dirk Lindemeier, head of Mobile Edge Computing and Wi-Fi products at Nokia, said: "Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) allows enterprises to take advantage of the latest generation LTE technology, in particular small cells, and real time applications for building complete campus networks. These networks meet the demanding privacy, resilience, and latency requirements set by business-critical applications, extending LTE to new domains."

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