5G, AI and MEC to transform business operations post-COVID
The global COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the way businesses run, forcing many to run opeartions 100% remotely as employees were urged and instructed to work from home.
AT&T, the multinational telecommunications company, and IBM, the international computer hardware company, have teamed up to help transform and revolutionise the future of business operations as employees start to return to work.
They will utilise AT&T’s 5G as well as their multi-access edge computing (MEC) technologies. AT&T’s MEC is a private cellular technology with a low latency meaning it processes data on business premises as opposed to sending data traffic via public networks. IBM’s Watson AI and cloud technologies will also be used to facilitate the transition into new and unusual working environments.
Last year, the companies joined forces and announced a cloud partnership that was set to help the development of business operations and they are now teaming up again in order to set this development in motion in the post-COVID business world. The collaboration is set to take place at IBM’s research lab in New York, USA.
A blog post published on Tuesday 18th August 2020 by Steve Canepa, general manager of the global communications sector at IBM and Mo Katibeh, chief product and platform officer at AT&T Business, states that, "In coping with the coronavirus crisis, organizations around the world have been using digital technology to continue operating their businesses remotely while they wait for the world to return to normal—or at least to settle into the next normal,".
Katibeh and Canepa also wrote that, "From that crisis has come an opportunity: to accelerate the business world’s digital transformation. That’s why AT&T and IBM, building on our long-standing collaboration, are now focused on the use of 5G wireless networking and edge computing as key ways to help enterprises emerge smarter, more efficient and more resilient as they get fully back to business."
The future of new working environments
The technologies being utilised will highlight the possibility for a digital transformation in industries such as healthcare, energy and manufacturing. IBM’s AI will hopefully enable employees to return to work by helping businesses assess the safety of employees when returning to the office. It is also believed that it could help stagger employee start and finish times as well as monitor and alert potential COVID-19 threats.
"The low latency of 5G allows for remote operations in industrial settings, helping to keep workers from harmful situations. And if any dangerous situations do arise, edge computing is designed to let businesses capture and analyze data quickly without extra storage or processing on a central cloud.”
AT&T and IBM are dedicated to transforming the future of the business world with their latest technology. Canepa and Katibeh have said that "The COVID-19 crisis is not over, but it won’t last forever,". Therefore, they believe that an early implementation of 5G, MEC and AI will not only help businesses survive the COVID-19 storm, but will allow them to come out stronger as business slowly begins to return to a new normal.
Group Management: Superior compliance in construction
Group Management Electrical Surveys is a long-standing and vital partner to Mercury Engineering. The company offers an innovative suite of electrical inspection, test and documentation services to ensure compliance in complex major construction projects for many of the UK and EU's leading companies. Utilising in-house cutting-edge solutions and its highly competent and experienced engineers, Group Management provides everything from electrical inspection and testing to thermal imaging surveys, QA/QC management, torque compliance, technical support, DSEAR compliance and electrical installation condition reports.
“No project can achieve handover without the correct documentation and safety critical electrical certification in place,” says Managing Director Steve Cressey. “Our services ensure that project critical documentation and certification can be correctly produced in an efficient, cost effective manner, which makes Group Management an important part of any construction project.”
Cressey joined the business in 2009, bringing strong and incisive leadership to Group Management, with decades of industry experience giving him a unique understanding of the design through to handover construction process. He has stewarded the business’ partnership with Mercury since its inception and describes it as uniquely collaborative.
“Our relationship with Mercury Engineering stretches back many years. We partnered with Mercury on our first Data Centre project together in Watford in 2007, and since then the relationship has gone from strength to strength,” says Cressey.
“The partnership is longstanding, and we’ve built an incredibly strong working relationship. Partnering with Mercury, who are an innovative, cutting-edge technology provider, means we must constantly improve our services offering. We strive to be the best in what we do, and Mercury can trust we will be efficient in delivering on time, on budget, to achieve a successful handover that meets both Mercury’s and the end clients’ future needs.”
Group Management has since successfully completed more than 30 Data Centre projects throughout the EU as Mercury’s preferred electrical compliance partner. The relationship has also seen Group Management partner with Mercury Engineering on four brand-new hospitals in the UK and Ireland, key pharmaceutical projects and a number of commercial and leisure spaces.
“To ensure the continued success and growth of Group Management we always discuss projects with key clients and their teams, take feedback on the performance of both our business and our individuals, and in turn use that to improve our services,” Cressey says.
“The professional development of our employees is essential to our success. All our employees are encouraged to continue their education, to further develop their skills through additional training, and that in turn drives better service and a superior product for our clients. We now offer four more services to Mercury than when the partnership began, which has helped spur Group Management’s growth and success within the wider market.”