Verizon (VZ) Extends Mobile Edge Computing to Dallas, Miami

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Verizon Communications added Dallas and Miami as two more 5G mobile edge computing (MEC) cities to its inventory. The carrier now has seven MECs across the U.S. Working in conjunction with Amazon AMZN Web Services, the new facilities join those launched earlier in Boston, San Francisco Bay Area, Atlanta, New York City and Washington, D.C. The company wants to establish 10 MEC cities by the end of 2020.

The carrier is hoping to integrate the edge centers into the Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) and Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) markets, viewing 5G and the MECs as essential building blocks for enabling autonomous and connected vehicles. Several C-V2X and V2X developers, such as Renovo, are testing their solutions at the edge of Verizon’s 5G network.

Renovo’s automotive data platform intelligently indexes and filters Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) vehicle-data in near-real time. Verizon’s 5G and MEC deployments have allowed Renovo to prove out new Network-ADAS safety features such as real-time alerts for all vehicles in the vicinity of an emergency-braking event and other situations where drivers need to react instantly to dangerous situations ahead.

“5G and MEC will be transformative for automakers, enabling them to offer new ADAS services that will keep drivers safe and informed of hazards in near real-time,” said Christopher Heiser, co-founder and CEO of Renovo. “With 5G and MEC, we have built a robust, low latency, and high bandwidth solution that aligns with the demands of today’s data-driven automotive product roadmaps. We look forward to testing with AWS Wavelength and Verizon 5G Edge.”

Developers will be able to develop latency-sensitive applications that can transform industries ranging from transportation to healthcare on AWS Wavelength at the edge of Verizon’s 5G network, according to the telecom. 

Wavelength zones are infrastructure deployments that embed AWS compute and storage services within communications service providers’ data centers. This reduces the round-trip data needs to travel, enabling customers to take full advantage of the latency and bandwidth benefits offered by 5G networks.

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