Verizon and Google Cloud have launched a new collaboration initiative. The corporations will join to deliver the power of the cloud closer to mobile and connected devices operating at the edge of Verizon’s network. With this new agreement, Verizon now interoperates with all three main cloud providers: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.
Verizon intends to deliver Google’s computing and storage capabilities to the edge of the local network by combining Verizon 5G Edge with Google Distributed Cloud Edge. This will provide real-time corporate applications such as autonomous mobile robots, intelligent logistics and industrial automation with the bandwidth and low latency that they require.
Verizon’s private On Site 5G and private 5G Edge, combined with Google Distributed Cloud Edge, are expected to enable enterprises in industries ranging from retail to manufacturing to harness the power of 5G and mobile edge computing, while also gaining operational efficiencies, increased safety and reliability, as well as enhanced performance.
In addition, Verizon and Google Cloud want to create public 5G mobile edge computing for developers and corporations. The open 5G Edge solution has the opportunity to allow developers to design and operate apps at the edge of Verizon’s wireless network in a variety of locations around the United States.
Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud, commented: “By bringing intelligence from data centers to the network edge, Verizon 5G Edge with Google Distributed Cloud Edge will allow customers to build new cross-industry edge solutions, unlock new revenue models, and transform the next generation of customer experiences – from AI-driven in-store operations to live inventory management on the factory floor, the possibilities span multiple industries.”
According to reports, the initial use case would employ Verizon’s Sensor Intelligence technology, in which cameras linked to mobile robots scan shipments and take inventory at facilities, delivering real-time analytics and logistical information.