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23 February, 2017
Tokyo, Japan - Nokia has demonstrated the benefits of low-latency communications and data pre-processing for the IoT era with a trial of its Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) platform in collaboration with NTT Network Technologies Laboratories. The trial paves the way for the development of a comprehensive IoT-based solution for public safety.
The low-latency benefits of MEC-based analytics are particularly applicable in public safety for facial recognition security applications. Visual identity confirmation at public venues via security cameras has grown in importance, but high latency has presented challenges. Furthermore, the sheer volume of data generated by facial recognition processing has also presented other challenges to efficient security management.
By leveraging each other's technologies, Nokia and NTT have been able to counter these issues. Using packet processing for low-latency communications, technologies to effectively utilize network capacity, and correct data for latency, , and Nokia's Multi-Access Edge Computing products, the two companies have been able to successfully:
- Shorten facial recognition time from monitoring cameras
Facial recognition software located on the carrier network edge can quickly recognize faces in data received from the monitoring cameras and drastically shorten recognition time compared to existing methods where the facial recognition software is located in the cloud.
- Eliminate data processing overhead in centralized cloud
With the MEC-based solution, facial recognition video analysis is executed at the carrier network edge. Video camera traffic thus be significantly reduced, avoiding data flooding in a centralized cloud.
Jae Won, head of Nokia Japan, said: "Our MEC platform is the sole product in the market today that is able to deal with LTE packets at the mobile edge. This trial is an important milestone for us since it sets the prerequisite for achieving 5G low latency interactive communication that has various benefits in the public safety domain. Together with NTT, we look forward to developing an IoT- and MEC-based security solution that ensures people in public venues are more secure. We will demonstrate this technology at Mobile World Congress 2017 with NTT."
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Nokia is one of the founding members of the Multi-Access Edge Computing ETSI Industry Specification Group, which now has over thirty participating members driving standardization and fostering an open environment around IT and cloud-computing capabilities within the radio access network. Through MEC, Nokia will drive differentiated services and new applications with an open architecture and standardized interfaces.
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