Harman has announced that its Digital Transformation Solutions (DTS) business unit has partnered with Microsoft to enable it to integrate with the latter’s Azure private multi-access edge compute (PMEC). Harman has also asserted that this collaboration will also enable it to combine network functions, applications, and ‘edge-optimised services’ to deliver low latency solutions for the business needs of enterprise customers.
Latency refers to the time taken for data to travel from the server to an end-point, like a smartphone, PC, connected camera etc. When we talk about internet speeds, it’s usually the latency that defines the ‘speed’ and not the bandwidth. Microsoft claims that Azure PMEC delivers ‘ultra-low-latency’ networking, applications and services at the enterprise edge.
“Advances in technologies like 5G yield significant opportunity to accelerate innovation across nearly every industry — from transportation and healthcare to manufacturing and education,” said David Owens, Senior Vice President, Digital Transformation Solutions at Harman. “With this partnership, we can now offer enterprises a comprehensive solution.”
Harman has also stated that this collaboration has already enabled digital transformation at one of the airports in the United States. By transforming the airport’s manual cargo handling process to one that is Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled, the partners are claiming to have streamlined the whole processes in the system.
“Transportation hubs have been among the first entities to adopt emerging edge compute capabilities and private 5G connectivity to deliver innovative offerings that serve their operations teams, business customers, and travelers,” said Tad Brockway, corporate vice president at Azure.”