Japan’s NTT Communications (NTT Com) has introduced ‘SDPF Edge’, an edge-computing service with integrated operations available for a flat monthly fee on NTT Com’s Smart Data Platform (SDPF). NTT says its new SDPF Edge service, which is targeted mainly at the manufacturing industry, is designed to enable producers to maintain quality control by processing huge amounts of production data and then make decisions faster. 

Features of SDPF Edge 

NTT says its new service offers immediate control and decision-making. The service is designed to eliminate delays associated with using networks and thus allow data to be processed on a real-time basis for immediate production control and decision-making. 

Sending massive amounts of data from devices to the cloud can increase communication volume and cost. SDPF Edge seeks to lower this cost by formatting and converting data for aggregation on the edge. Data is sent over networks only to alert users of abnormalities. 

SDPF Edge clients do not need to develop specialized operational know-how or personnel because NTT Com manages core operating tasks, such as dispatching technicians to client locations to work on servers, deploying security measures for on-site servers, and dealing with troubles from remote sites. 

SDPF Edge is available for a fixed monthly fee so customers need not purchase servers. SDPF Edge can be linked with other SDPF services, such as “SDPF Cloud/Server” to combine real-time data processing and other data processing in targeted locations. Through such linkage, clients can receive total support for edge, networks, cloud and applications via NTT Com’s data platform. 

Use cases 

SDPF Edge can be used for quality control at manufacturing sites. Using an AI model developed in the cloud, SDPF Edge can identify variations in product quality, allowing rapid decision-making based on massive data to ensure stable product quality, the company said. NTT Com offers three SDPF Edge pricing plans, ranging between JPY 52,479 (tax included) and JPY 135,960, depending on the client’s CPU, memory capacity and storage needs. 

Going forward, NTT Com plans to link SDPF Edge mobile and fixed-line convergence services via 5G, as well as IoT services that combine cloud and edge computing.

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