Technology companies are currently deploying multi-access edge computing (MEC) trials to determine if the MEC use cases will be successful. MEC takes advantage of the network edge to expand capacity and lower latency for the abundance of connected devices. Not only will MEC improve mobile browsing and usage, but it opens the doors for other technologies to benefit from its lower latency times. For instance, virtual reality applications, medical robots, and self-driving cars.
Check out some of the MEC trials already tested.
The MEC Trials Already Tried:
- Compton Ice Arena: Nokia and the University of Notre Dame tested streaming video and augmented reality (AR) at the Notre Dame’s campus arena. In these tests, the arena’s audience could view four video streams in real time with a delay of less than 500-milliseconds. Read more about this MEC trial here.
- 5G Network Architecture Trial: InterDigital, Bristol is Open, and CTVC Ltd partnered together to try the 5G Network Architecture trial, which is a part of the European Telecommunications Standards Industry (ETSI)’s MEC proof of concept (PoC). The city invited Android users to participate in a citywide treasure hunt that involved solving riddles. The participants experienced noticeably shorter latency times and significantly improved video streaming experiences. Read more about this MEC trial here.
- GSMA Innovation City at the Mobile World Congress Conference: Britain’s largest mobile network operator, EE, tested two MEC trials at the 2016 Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona, Spain. One of those trials pertained to crowd safety. The security team at the event wore body cameras that streamed the video content back to a control room where the other security officers could review the footage. The low-latency and high-quality of the stream to the control room provided the officers with an immediate vision to any safety issues. The other MEC trial tested the delivery of real-time conference video streams to attendees’ smartphones and tablets. EE used Nokia’s Edge Video Orchestration application and the network’s edge to deliver the video content to the end users. This test proved that MEC can provide end users with an almost instant video stream.
- Shanghai International Circuit: China Mobile tested immersive user experience at the Shanghai international racing event. The goal was to give the fans the ability to control multiple screens to zoom in on the action taking place on the track in front of them. They could focus on the driver’s reaction, the different angles of the tracks as the cars raced, and interact with social media simultaneously.