InterDigital Debuts 5G Edge Pilot for Industry 4.0 Applications in the UK

Company Release - 6/16/2021
InterDigital 5G edge pilot for Industry 4.0 applications supports bandwidth above 100 Mbps (Downlink)/50Mbps (Uplink) and less than 15ms latency

WILMINGTON, Del., June 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- InterDigital, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDCC), a mobile and video technology research and development company, today announced a successful pilot to demonstrate the benefit of 5G edge solutions for Industry 4.0 applications using AWS Wavelength on the Vodafone 5G network.

Vodafone is collaborating with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) to move 5G data processing to the network edge to minimize latency for use cases that require high speed, ultra-low latency, and maximum bandwidth, such as industry 4.0 applications. Vodafone uses AWS Wavelength to bring AWS infrastructure and services closer to customers across the UK. Using AWS Wavelength at the edge of Vodafone5G networks in the UK, a recent InterDigital pilot recorded an average downstream bandwidth around 50 Mbps and an average end-to-end latency of less than 15 ms, meeting and beating the strict requirements of Industry 4.0 use cases, like augmented robotic telepresence or autonomous zero-defect manufacturing.

Specifically, the InterDigital pilot demonstrated Industry 4.0 applications, such as the detection and disposal of defective products on an assembly line or the remote navigation of a vehicle within a factory. These applications are hosted at the edge due to their low latency requirements and use a 5G network to connect to the various terminal devices, like a robot, camera, or LiDAR. The solution can provide required high bandwidth connectivity in uplink and low latency connectivity in both uplink and downlink.

“Distributed MEC has the capability to revolutionise the way we do business by bringing the cloud closer to the end-user,” said Anne Sheehan, Business Director, Vodafone UK. “By moving computing, storage and management to the edge of the network, we’re unlocking new possibilities for our users. Business applications will be able to respond in real-time, making once-impossible outcomes to reality.”

InterDigital’s pilot proves how Industry 4.0 use cases can be supported and enhanced by 5G and edge solutions. The pilot addresses the challenge in enabling near-real time remote control of factory-side devices based upon instantaneous analytics and decision-making in the digital world at the edge. To support the multiple high bandwidth and low latency data flows streaming from the physical factory to the digital edge, InterDigital’s pilot leveraged AWS Wavelength on the Vodafone5G network to enable ultra-fast computing and reduce transport latency between the network and applications. InterDigital’s solution demonstrates the feasibility and readiness of 5G and edge to support Industry 4.0 use cases and establishes a benchmark of high performance to pave the way for further advancements.

“With our long-time commitment to research and innovation, we take great pride in the success of this pilot and the targeted use cases and applications it will enable in 5G edge environments,” said Henry Tirri, CTO, InterDigital. “Working alongside Vodafone Business and AWS provided a significant collaboration opportunity to address emerging industry challenges and digital opportunities to craft a path forward for 5G edge solutions.”

The InterDigital pilot demonstrates the feasibility of 5G and edge solutions to support challenging low latency requirements of targeted Industry 4.0 use cases, which could not be met with existing cloud solutions. In this pilot, InterDigital has also partnered with Abo Akademi University (Finland) on the Artificial Intelligence-based defect detection application at the Edge and with AVEQ (Austria) on test cases and quality of service measurements of the video uplink streaming from the factory to the edge.

About InterDigital ®

InterDigital develops mobile and video technologies that are at the core of devices, networks, and services worldwide. We solve many of the industry's most critical and complex technical challenges, inventing solutions for more efficient broadband networks, better video delivery, and richer multimedia experiences years ahead of market deployment. InterDigital has licenses and strategic relationships with many of the world's leading technology companies. Founded in 1972, InterDigital is listed on NASDAQ and is included in the S&P SmallCap 600® index.

InterDigital is a registered trademark of InterDigital, Inc.

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Figure 1: Simple snapshot of the pilot.

Figure 1: Simple snapshot of the pilot.
Source: InterDigital, Inc.