Who knew Cell Edge Compute (MEC) would get a lot love on a CES stage? That’s precisely what occurred Monday throughout Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg’s keynote to kick off this yr’s digital CES present.

Positive, Vestberg talked about loads of issues related to 5G, bringing of us like NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to the stage (through video) and touting some cool expertise enabling drones to ship packages for UPS. He recited the 5G currencies that he shared with a CES viewers a couple years ago, comparable to pace, throughput, low latency and reliability.

However just like the identify implies, the Client Electronics Present usually attracts loads of of us concerned about mass distribution merchandise, like smartphones and different devices, so it’s price noting that MEC, a expertise usually cited by commerce websites like yours actually, wound its method onto the stage.  

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Vestberg talked about how MEC locations unprecedented ranges of computing energy on the fringe of Verizon’s 5G community. Final yr, Verizon introduced a private MEC solution with Microsoft and deployed public 5G MEC with AWS in 10 locations throughout the USA. “And we’re simply getting began,” he stated.

What MEC includes is taking processing out of pricey {hardware} and placing it into the cloud, enabling entry precisely when and the place it’s wanted probably the most, he defined. Small companies, startups and customers will get entry to the identical expertise that till not too long ago, was solely obtainable for giant corporations and main analysis establishments, based on Vestberg.

He known as out the California metropolis of San Jose, house to Verizon’s 5G Mobility and 5G Residence, in addition to one of many first areas the place it launched MEC. “Town is on the chopping fringe of what sensible metropolis expertise can do to scale back greenhouse emissions,” he stated.

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Sanyogita Shamsunder, vice chairman of Expertise Growth and 5G Labs at Verizon, stated her crew works with innovators inside and outdoors the corporate to create technology-based options and merchandise for customers in addition to enterprise prospects. Citing the big bandwidth and decrease latency that 5G gives, she stated they’re working with many alternative robotics corporations, together with Ghost Robotics, which builds robots to maintain people out of hurt’s method, comparable to going into burning buildings.  

Drones to the rescue

Within the drone area, Verizon’s 5G Extremely Wideband will permit Skyward to handle drones safely and securely, remotely controlling drones to ship packages. “That expertise is like what broadband is for the web,” stated Mariah Scott, president of Skyward, which Verizon acquired in 2017.

Skyward and UPS on Monday introduced a collaboration to ship retail merchandise with drones linked to Verizon 4G LTE, in addition to 5G testing and integration for supply. The businesses count on to ship retail merchandise through drones at The Villages, a set of retirement neighborhoods in Florida.

UPS has a drone supply firm, UPS Flight Ahead, that was licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration in 2019 to function industrial drone flights. In the course of the international pandemic, drone supply truly offered high-risk seniors with a fast supply choice so they may keep at house and nonetheless obtain their drugs.

Extremely Wideband and sports activities

Vestberg spent many of the keynote speaking about how 5G goes to rework lives via the assorted currencies he’s beforehand mentioned.

Sports activities, training, sensible cities and leisure every got segments highlighting what 5G can do for them. Vestberg talked about Extremely Wideband 5G fairly just a few instances with out noting that it’s solely obtainable in small pockets of 61 markets, a scenario that rival T-Cell factors out at every opportunity.

Stadiums are in style venues for Verizon to showcase what its Extremely Wideband service, which makes use of millimeter wave spectrum, can do. Whereas few folks gathered in stadiums over the previous yr, sports activities nonetheless introduced folks collectively.

Vestberg invited NFL Commissioner Goodell through video to debate how 5G will change the way in which followers watch sports activities and the way groups work together with each other on the sphere. Raymond James Stadium, the house of the following Tremendous Bowl, simply went reside with 5G just a few weeks in the past.

NFL legend Deion Sanders, now head soccer coach at Jackson State College, joined Vestberg to debate how 5G can change how coaches, athletes and followers expertise the sport, and that’s an amazing alternative, he stated. “If you happen to haven’t already downloaded the NFL app, I don’t know what you’re ready for,” Sanders stated.

Verizon’s 5G SuperStadium app permits followers with sure 5G-enabled gadgets to interact with as much as seven completely different digital camera angles throughout choose NFL video games. It makes use of augmented actuality (AR) to mission digital gamers on the display with overlaying stats.

Verizon ended the keynote with a efficiency by the band Black Pumas, full with a QR code to affix them on stage for an unique 5G expertise.