KDDI, DT, MobiledgeX partner with developers for XR apps on edge PaaS

KDDI, DT, MobiledgeX partner with developers for XR apps on edge PaaS

KDDI, Deutsche Telekom, MobiledgeX, Sturfee, and Mawari have jointly developed a proof of concept in order to realize what it claims is the world’s first PaaS for XR applications development provided as a common platform on provided by each telecom operator.

It is expected to accelerate development of a global XR application running on MEC by this PoC. This PoC will be launched in June 2021 in alignment with the GSMA Telco Edge Cloud initiative.

The Challenge: Deploying Low Latency Applications on Multiple Operator MECs

MEC platforms are intended to support AR / VR, automatic driving, robotics, and other applications that take advantage of the low latency of 5G. Next generation interactive media apps (XR) require closer proximity to supporting APIs and SDKs in their backend code, to deliver the quality of experience and scale that is required. This is because media is generated from all participants’ locations and cameras in real time and any lack of synchronization could produce a poor user experience. There is a growing need among application developers for consistent APIs and cloud services to be deployed within the edge networks to support these next generation applications in an easy and consistent way.

However, for developers who want to release their applications globally, using MEC leads to longer lead times and higher operating costs. This is because MEC is provided within the edge networks provided by each telecom operator, it is necessary to individually deploy, test, and operate middleware such as APIs for each MEC provided by telecom operators in each country.

For the telecom operator, the challenge is speed, scale, and collaboration. Today, telecom operators cannot benefit from each other’s complementary market development, especially in the space of discovering new “in-network” services that will be required to power the next generation of apps and solutions.

The Solution: PoC Overview

In this PoC, KDDI and Deutsche Telekom will collaborate with Mawari, MobiledgeX, and Sturfee to solve the challenges of using MEC to efficiently deliver applications on a global scale.

KDDI and Deutsche Telekom will collaborate with Mawari, MobiledgeX, and Sturfee to make a Visual Positioning Service (VPS) — provided by KDDI’s development partner Sturfee, which is compatible with the MobiledgeX Edge-Cloud platform — and deploy it as a PaaS to KDDI and Deutsche Telekom’s MEC network.

In addition, the SDK provided by PaaS will be embedded into the AR app on a smartphone, and a 3D virtual human application called “coh” will be distributed from KDDI and Deutsche Telekom MEC to the smartphone XR app.

“coh” is created and provided by KDDI’s creative team “au Vision Studio”.

KDDI and Deutsche Telekom will demonstrate that this PoC can be used to efficiently develop low-latency XR applications that are running on smartphones, smart glasses, and other XR devices.

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