Net4 provides 5G edge compute solution for retailers

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IoT solutions provider Net4 has made an end-to-end retail solution available that leverages Inseego 5G, Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC), and video analytics to improve store security, stock management and other business operations.

Demonstrated in a recent 5G pilot program with Vodafone Business, the solution taps Inseego’s fixed wireless 5G Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) to provide high-speed, low-latency connectivity between live streaming video cameras and the Vodafone 5G network.

Through Net4’s video analytics application, which uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) Wavelength, the video can then be analysed at ultra-low latencies.

Alex Taylor, CEO for Net4, said: “Inseego 5G CPEs are vital in delivering the reception and security we need to deliver and process multiple video streams.

“Other 5G devices didn’t provide the performance to sustain this amount of processing at the edge. We’re combining the best technologies and services across the board to bring this solution to the market.”

As video resolutions increase and deployments scale to multiple locations, highly reliable 5G connectivity with sustained high-speed performance is becoming increasingly critical to the retail sector.

Net4’s real time analysis has a variety of potential applications in the retail sector, including stock management, spill detection, personal protective equipment (PPE) usage detection, shrinkage prevention, occupancy, health and safety and even age verification.

Simon Rayne, senior VP and managing director UK, EMEA & APAC for Inseego, said: “Inseego brings out the best in mobile networks by providing fast, reliable secure 5G connections that make this type of seamless solution possible. We’re proud to work with Vodafone Business and Net4 as part of this pilot to help European retailers – and other industries – to capitalize on the power of 5G and MEC.”

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