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How the Open Compute Project's Telco Project Could Transform the Iot, Driverless Cars


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Drivers can use autonomous driving in commuting situations with traffic jams.

Deutsche Telekom Chair of Communication Networks Frank Fitzek sees the OCP Telco Project as a strategic initiative to move the cloud closer to the network's edge, where apps can be built to perform complex functions.

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The Open Compute Project (OCP) recently announced the Telco Project, focused on data center technologies for telecommunications companies.

Frank Fitzek of the Technical University of Dresden in Germany believes the initiative could move the cloud closer to the network's edge, where apps can be built to perform complex functions. He says the Telco Project is a telecom-specific platform, which combines network function virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN).

Fitzek, who coordinates Deutsche Telekom's 5G Lab in Germany, envisions an Internet of Things (IoT) with apps at the network edge that control autonomous vehicles, robots, drones, and farm equipment. He predicts the IoT of the future will be based on 5G technology that enables a huge network of smart sensors and real-time control of vehicles and robotic systems.

Fitzek says the IoT will have islands of automation interconnected by very low-latency, error-correcting 5G networks capable of coordinating thousands of autonomous vehicles and robots interacting with traffic and humans.

The Telco Project could be the start of a standardization effort for the open design of commodity-edge NFV/SDN application services. It would help define a new platform that moves the cloud closer to the network edge, enabling low-latency control that would not be possible using current Internet and cloud incarnations.

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