Ericsson and Vodafone have demonstrated a new 5G Proof of Concept in the shape of a 5G Smart Network Edge prototype including a 5G ready core. The two companies showcased the benefits of network slicing and distributed cloud technology using the example of a Machine Vision application.
Machine Vision is increasingly used for quality assurance within manufacturing and production processes and to measure or recognize objects. In a typical setup pictures provided by high-speed cameras are processed, analysed and trigger further actions such as sorting out defective parts.
In a live demo shown during the Innovation Days at Ericsson's R&D Centre in Aachen both companies showed how the 5G Smart Network Edge enables much greater efficiency for industry.
Due to reduced network latencies the recognition rate of a cloud-based face detection application was increased; significantly less video traffic had to be sent over the wide area network; and sensitive data was kept locally and was therefore better protected against unauthorised access.
The Proof of Concept demonstration is the fruit of the joint commitment made by Ericsson and Vodafone to pursue 5G innovation announced during Mobile World Congress in February this year.
Sonja Graf, Head of Vodafone Innovation Park, Vodafone Germany, said: "Within only three months we created a 5G Smart Network Edge prototype by connecting our labs. The Face Recognition use case is just one example demonstrating how 5G will meet the diverse needs of a wide range of industries."
Valter D'Avino, Head of Ericsson Western & Central Europe, said: "We are delighted that the Ericsson and Vodafone labs have come together to innovate and this first use case shows an excellent example of how 5G can enable industries to become more efficient as well as more secure and cost effective."