Amdocs and Microsoft continue collaboration to develop edge, IoT use cases

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Communications software provider Amdocs has revealed new use cases put together in concert with Microsoft around how private networks, edge computing solutions, and the Internet of Things (IoT) ‘can come together for a better digital society.’

The two offerings are Amdocs solutions built on Microsoft Azure’s private MEC (multi-access edge compute) and Azure Private 5G core, and developed in Microsoft’s Americas 5G Experience Lab in Dallas.

The first is Amdocs Smart Lighting, an offering to enable smart cities, featuring hardware provided by Juganu to enable cities to add intelligent lighting services and public and private internet access capabilities among others. The second is Amdocs AR Maintenance and Training; enabling a remote-assist workflow through augmented reality (AR) to ensure field technicians can access centralised expertise to help complete their maintenance task.

Amdocs said it was expanding its portfolio of edge use cases tailored to specific industry verticals. “Accelerating the innovation of 5G use cases by leveraging cloud and edge-based technologies is a crucial components of delivering ubiquitous connectivity to the world,” said Anthony Goonetilleke, Amdocs group president of technology and head of strategy in a statement.

“Our strategic engagement with Microsoft to maximise the potential of cloudification at the edge – together with the power of open, intelligent networks – will create an amazing playing field for the next generation of enterprise experiences and monetisation,” Goonetilleke added.

The two companies are well known and longstanding bedfellows, most recently announcing an expanded strategic partnership in February around a new customer engagement platform. The alliance brought together Amdocs’ Commerce and Care suite with Microsoft’s cloud solutions, promising a 360-degree customer view across all engagement, transactional and network data. John Abraham, of Appledore Research, noted that the platform was a ‘compelling alternative’ with the added benefit of ‘being managed and delivered by a single vendor with extensive telecom credentials.’

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