It’s a rainy Monday morning and you’re driving through the city to drop the kids at school, trying all the short cuts you know to save time. Mustn’t be late for work and that important meeting with your boss. You’re trying to collect your thoughts for the meeting, but the kids won’t stop arguing. And to top it all, it feels like you run into roadworks around every corner. Sound familiar?
Now, imagine another scenario, one where you hop into your pre-warmed car with a nice cup of coffee and start following the optimum pre-calculated route. The kids in the back are strangely quiet, captivated by their favorite cartoon, even when you pass that annoying zone where your connection drops. As there is still some time left before your meeting, you schedule an appointment for that annual service, suggested by the car itself. Sounds better, right?
Where dreams become reality
If it all seems like a dream, there’s no need to wake up, because this is modern reality. Connected cars are no longer the stuff of sci-fi movies. Today, a multitude of on-board sensors interact with the outside world, making our road journeys smoother and safer than ever before. And it’s not just about entertaining the kids with a 4K quality video, but about reacting to potentially dangerous situations in real time. After all, even a few milliseconds can save lives.
Although connectivity is the ignition key for all of this, there is also a need for a new generation of networks. One that is designed to meet the unprecedented demand for latency, volume and velocity of data and a growing density of devices. 5G is up to the challenge, enabling cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) applications that will allow vehicles to communicate with each other, with traffic signals and with other roadside units.
A key component of C-V2X is the IoT edge which ensures data is processed at the ideal location to extract useful and rapid insights. As well as its support of critical, real-time actions, IoT edge can also provide increased security, while meeting various data governance regulations that demand data be stored and processed locally.
Nokia’s Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING) is a solution that meets these stringent requirements and facilitates the development of 5G C-V2X use cases. By taking advantage of the global architecture and the distributed 5G user plane function (UPF), data can be sent via the quickest route to the appropriate computing resources - even to enterprise premises - minimizing data processing, transport costs and network latency.
And the best is yet to come: since WING is delivered as a managed service with flexible pay-as-you-go business models, operators can start small with limited investment and grow as use cases emerge and increase in scale. In short, WING aims to be the guiding star on the journey to 5G by showing how best to monetize edge and 5G connectivity services.
So what does using this new technology actually mean for road users? Well, for a start you can truly experience ‘driving on the edge’, especially with the addition of a virtual ‘sixth sense’ to bolster your driving skills. That’s right, you now have the ability to track and predict the trajectory of moving objects, prompting corrective actions when needed. Pretty neat, right?
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