The globe’s biggest mobile exhibition, Mobile World Congress, was held last month in Los Angeles. This year’s exhibition saw the presentation of the latest AI advancements. The attendees were enlightened on the relevance of 5G to AI-Powered applications and the role of VR data visualization in simplifying immense data.
Picking up data from IoT sensors at low latency is a challenge for many AI-Reliant companies. Hence, the need for NVIDIA Edge Computing Platform aka EGX, a cloud-native platform that helps companies transfer data at high speed and low latency from remote places. EGX is used by established companies like Walmart, BMW and Samsung.
According to Pier Paolo, an MWC attendee and a final year MSc student, ‘EGX was made possible thanks to the combination of three main technologies: Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things and 5G.’
These three factors contribute independently to the overall performance of EGX. As its name implies, IoT (Internet of Things) provides the state of things at desired locations. IoT sensors are designed to ‘capture, process and transmit data in real-time’. Knowing the state of industrial locations helps companies respond to anomalies early enough to prevent work havocs. Without a processor, data is useless. Though IoT sensors are responsible for gathering data, artificial intelligence interprets the data and reports anomalies. While gathering data and processing information completes the task (which is to monitor remote locations), the speed of the whole process is key to rapid intervention when there’s an emergency. 5G network speeds up the interaction between IoT sensors and the cloud, making communication fast and seamless.
A practical example of EGX application was displayed at the event. The example was tagged ‘smart retail’. The whole idea of smart retail is to detect the goods picked up by customers in a shopping mall with cameras placed at different angles. The data gathered would be processed by AI tech and used to personalize customers’ experience at the speed of light, thanks to the 5G network.
In regards to the role of Virtual Reality data Visualization in analyzing immense data, three benefits were pinpointed, videlicet:
- VR Data Visualization enhances our understanding of data distribution.
- Analyzing immense data help create more advanced Machine learning models.
- It helps AI experts create chart summaries.
NVIDIA also announced a new collaboration with Microsoft for intelligent edge computing by integrating Microsoft Azure services with NVIDIA EGX.
‘Together with NVIDIA, we’re bringing the power of Azure and Azure AI to the edge, enabling breakthrough experiences for our customers’, said Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella.
MWC 2019 was a success and the introduction of NVIDIA EGX is a major improvement in the mobile industry, as it utilizes new technologies such as AI, IoT sensors and 5G. Though the mobile industry has a long way to go in keeping the industrial space safe, the invention of EGX is a significant leap ahead.