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HPE and 5G Labs partner to bring IoT to vehicles

Steve Rogerson
April 27, 2017
Hewlett Packard Enterprise is collaborating with 5G Lab Germany, a consortium of researchers focused on delivering key technologies to enable 5G wireless networks, to bring the IoT to autonomous vehicles and smart cities.
Through this collaboration, HPE and the 5G Lab will research the impacts of 5G wireless networks combined with HPE Edgeline Converged Edge Systems on the telecoms and mobile industries. Additionally, Edgeline systems will be deployed at the network edge to enable the next generation of applications to take advantage of 5G network performance.
The 5G wireless networks promise to adapt to consumer behaviour in real time. The bandwidth improvements from 5G are expected to increase the amount of processing required throughout the network to deliver existing and new applications. The latency improvements will enable a new tier of automation and control that are not possible with today’s 4G wireless networks.
HPE and 5G Lab will partner to build proof points in autonomous vehicle intercommunications and deliver end user applications by leveraging 5G wireless networks and with HPE Edgeline Systems.
“5G plays a critical role as an enabler of the IoT,” said Tom Bradicich, vice president at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “We are collaborating with the 5G Lab to develop high performance compute systems at the edge, which can consume and analyse data instantaneously to address the needs for the next generation of automation and mobile applications, particularly smart city and autonomous vehicle use cases.”
The HPE Edgeline Converged Edge Systems feature a first-of-a-kind integration of the PXIe instrumentation standard in partnership with National Instruments, on which the industry’s fastest 5G network testbeds have been built. The 5G capabilities, coupled with Edgeline systems, provide an integrated communications and compute platform to empower 5G applications.
While legacy equipment uses a hardware-centric model, HPE Edgeline systems provide a convergence of data centre and operations technologies. Edgeline integrates virtualised network functions with National Instruments software defined radio products within LabView to deliver industrial wireless data ingest capabilities needed to create 5G networks.
Edgeline delivers software-defined services on standard computing equipment, enabling high-performance computing functions to be deployed at the network’s edge as opposed to the data centre. This allows for high performance applications to be deployed and re-deployed at a rapid pace as the 5G standards emerge.
“Without addressing 5G network needs, the advances in automation for mobile applications would not be possible for the telecommunications industry,” said Gerhardt Fettweis, Vodafone chair professor at the Technische Universiät of Dresden. “HPE and 5G Lab Germany are working to deliver the necessary network upgrades for the next-generation of mobility, enabling the pathway towards the tactile internet.”
The Edgeline Converged Edge Systems combine high performance computing, virtualisation, manageability and security with operational technology specific to industry via the PXIe industry standard, said to be the first in the industry to incorporate PXIe technology with high performance compute.
National Instruments PXIe-based wireless modules and LabView system design software provide flexibility for network operators looking to manage and modify their networks as standards emerge to drive rapid 5G network innovation.
“HPE and National Instruments have compatible solutions for addressing 5G prototyping scaling beyond the physical layer into the network and even edge computing,” said James Kimery, director of RF research and SDR marketing at National Instruments. “We are excited to work with HPE to move 5G to the next level.”