By Adam Compton, Director of Strategy for
As we move
deeper into the digital age, enterprises must bolster their technology to
ensure they remain competitive and offer seamless customer experiences. Demand
for modern data processing solutions is increasing tremendously and companies
must now be capable of processing and analyzing massive amounts of data in
real-time in order to optimize implementation of modern technologies such as
augmented reality and robotics in factory settings, and smart city sensors.
While 5G is synonymous with rapid processing, it relies on infrastructural
solutions like edge computing to reach its full potential.
of 5G and edge computing haven’t gone unnoticed, capturing the attention of
industrial leaders who are now focusing on capitalizing on these technologies
to modernize production operations. According to a study from Google and Omdia, eight
out of ten enterprises believe that the availability of 5G is highly important
to benefit from edge computing. Through this unification, companies are given
an upper hand as these two technologies together bring forward a completely new
level of automation and drastically optimize data operations.
In addition, the
merging of 5G and edge computing allows enterprises to relieve friction points
that are contributing to the nationwide supply chain crisis by using
software-enabled inventory and warehouse logistics in an end-to-end ecosystem
of interconnected databases that share real-time supply and logistics data.
have become a priority for many companies due to the endless capabilities that
it has to offer; some of which include boosting connection quality, minimizing
latency, increasing bandwidth, and delivering significantly faster speeds than
4G. 5G also strengthens security and efficiency through network slicing and
enabling organizations to prioritize specific data.
convergence of 5G and edge computing
capabilities of both 5G and edge computing opens doors to a new era of digital
transformation, with the two technologies working symbiotically to drive the
adoption of Industry 4.0 and bring forward significant advancements in
establishment of edge computing infrastructure has enabled future-focused
enterprises to process mass amounts of data with little to no latency, across a
large geographical area with many of the centers being able to operate
autonomously through remote monitoring technologies like DCIM.
5G and edge
projects are already starting to be deployed throughout various industries, and
more commonly throughout the manufacturing industry.
For instance, Schneider Electric and NTT recently joined forces on a project that deploys private
5G (P5G), which is advancing digital services in the manufacturing industry.
The P5G will power key use-cases that solve challenges around equipment
availability, machine performance, and product quality.
are also starting to be carried out by large corporations like Microsoft, which
has recently begun implementing 5G technology in its Azure cloud to speed up
their delivery at the edge and enable automation throughout its services.
Ice Mobility, a logistics and supply chain solution provider, has combined the capabilities of
Microsoft Azure Stack Edge along with Verizon’s 5G Edge in order to optimize
on-site quality assurance at their warehouses.
networks still have a great deal of progress to make in terms of development
and ability to provide widespread coverage, new edge applications are
constantly being introduced that require the speed that only 5G can offer. The
expansion and implementation of 5G and edge services across various industries
will enable the development of new applications and drive technological advancements,
ensuring that companies are able to keep up with the growing expectations
around data usage and processing.
In time, this
pair will be the cornerstone of the manufacturing industry, as well as any
other industry looking to automate their processes. 5G initiatives will not
only drive innovation within industrial environments, but transform them
entirely. As these capabilities continue to evolve and gain traction throughout
the industrial environment, it will come as no surprise that it will inevitably
transform every aspect of our lives.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Adam Compton is the Director of Strategy for Schneider Electric, where he leads business strategy for the North American business, focused on IT and data center markets and applications for high available power and cooling solutions. With over 20 years of experience, originally hailing from APC, he is responsible for monitoring and analyzing market intelligence towards the goal of revenue growth for Schneider Electric. As an entrepreneurial leader, Adam attends industry conferences and is a mentor capable of directing large cross-functional teams. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Rhode Island and received a Bachelor of Science in English from Tulane University.