In engineering parlance, getting closer to the “edge” means bringing computational resources closer to the user. To do that, you need a bunch of stuff to line up. In an ideal world, you’d combine powerful cloud resources and a low-latency high bandwidth network. That’s exactly what Amazon and Verizon plan to do.

5G for average consumers is still a ways off, but the industrial internet (GE’s term for integrating data, analytics, wired and wireless networks, etc.) is the perfect environment to create value with 5G right now.

Tami Erwin, Verizon Business Group CEO, said, “As we think about cloud computing and the power of AI, big data storage, and all of the analytics that happen in cloud computing, to be able to take that from centrally managed down to a local, edge compute capability, and to have to power of 5G low-latency, gives us access to applications we haven’t had in the past. You begin to think about smart factories, smart cities, smart communities, changing retail, real-time health-care applications; it really changes everything about how enterprises will use information to deliver a very differentiated experience to their consumers.”

Tami is right: this is new, and it is very exciting. So much of the consulting work we do relies on the ability to integrate best-in-class technologies. A tight integration between AWS Wavelength (Amazon’s edge computing platform) and Verizon’s 5G Edge should make it much easier to create and deploy low latency applications. Look for it in Chicago soon and across the US in 2020.


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