MEC is an idea for network architectures that brings what are normally described as cloud computing services to the “edge” of a mobile network – generally at the base station, or at a point of aggregation of several base stations.
The vision of MEC is to allow companies to operate application-specific servers close to mobile devices (both geographically, and from a latency perspective). The intended benefits of MEC are to reduce network congestion and latency, and therefore give users a better experience.
The 5GRD Project recently collaborated with the 5gem Project team to produce this mobile edge computing (MEC) paper. The projects share similar interests in MEC and 5G with 5gem, who are running manufacturing and automation trials. Our 5G agritech and robotic farming research will look at MEC for some of its analysis and processing and its hoped that this shared interest could pave the way for further collaboration.