5G will help technologies like edge computing and artificial intelligence harmonise and enable them to work together much better.
Trust-IT has recently chaired a two-part webinar series on edge computing, one looking at industry viewpoints, the other at ongoing standards work taking place globally. The first part on 20 April 2021 highlighted drivers for the uptake of edge computing, such as industrial automation, digital twins and infrastructure control, where it can also be a building block for artificial intelligence by shifting limited device capability onto the network.
The webinar also underscored the fundamental importance of collaboration to achieve clarity on both business and technology aspects while also ensuring return on investment. The continued joint efforts of 5G association webinar hosts can now serve as a lever for intensifying collaboration across the ecosystem.
Part two brought on board top specialists in 3GPP, the global initiative for mobile communication, to help industry verticals navigate standards work on edge computing. 3GPP Release 17 is foundational for edge computing. More standards will come in future releases with edge being a major feature of the 5G system and beyond. The webinar highlighted the need for industry verticals to take their requirements to 3GPP and play an active part while participants voted unanimously on the importance of global coordination on edge standardisation.
The webinars are part of a series co-organised by 5G industry associations to lower barriers to 5G standardisation for industry verticals in close collaboration with 3GPP: the 5G Infrastructure Association (5G-IA), 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), 5G Alliance for Connected Industry and Automation (5G-ACIA) and Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE). Trust-IT also represents the 5G-IA Pre-Standardization Working Group (vice chair) and the 5G PPP Automotive WG (active member).