Intel, Vasona to Showcase Multi-Access Edge Computing for IoT at MWC

Intel and several partner companies are set to show off a low-latency Internet of Things proof of concept at Mobile World Congress next week that features a multi-access edge computing (MEC) setup designed to bring 5G capabilities to current networks.

Produced as a joint demonstration between Intel, RIFT.io, Vasona Networks, and Xaptum, the ETSI Industry Specification Group for Mobile Edge Computing (ISG MEC)-developed platform eases the way for IoT traffic between devices and cloud-based industrial applications.

Using traffic usually directed on the Radio Access Network (RAN), the MEC platform redirects IoT traffic through a secure gateway to a dedicated IP network. Its RAN architecture is designed to reach the standards required by Industry 4.0 for machine-to-machine communications, including low latency and real-time metadata. It does so with support by Xaptum’s IoT optimized distributed Peering IP-Overlay Network, which brings Xaptum’s Edge Network Fabric (ENF) architecture to the mobile edge.

The proof of concept will be deployed using an ETSI NFV-compliant infrastructure, drawing its orchestration and automation capabilities from RIFT.io’s RIFT.ware software. RIFT.ware extends network services to the mobile edge with carrier-grade network virtualization.

“The key is to ensure that IoT data moves from the mobile edge to cloud applications securely, at scale with very low latency,” Rohit Pasam, CEO of Xaptum, explained. “This PoC demonstrates for operators that they can expand their universe of potential customers and effectively compete for Industrial IoT applications business.”

Intel’s pieces of the puzzle are the IoT Gateway technology and Network Edge Virtualization SDK for MEC application and services. The Intel IoT Gateway will add security between edge devices and help data flow between edge devices and the cloud.

“MEC-based solutions bring the benefits of 5G to today’s 3G and 4G networks, supporting rapid and efficient data delivery,” said Rui Frazao, CTO of Vasona Networks. “The IoT low-latency PoC demonstrates the foundation operators can put in place right now to get a head start on pursuing new enterprise markets and business opportunities.”

The proof of concept will be on display at Vasona and Rift.io’s stands in Hall 6.


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