Veea Edge: the key to smart city augmented reality?
Smart cities promise to integrate cutting edge technologies into our daily lives. However, there are a few hurdles between that goal and reality. New York-based startup just launched a new platform that promises to solve one of the biggest problems that stand in the way of integrating augmented reality (AR) and smart city architecture.
However, according to a Veea , engaging AR applications must be hyper-responsive, but processing performed in cloud data centers located hundreds or thousands of miles away from users adds unacceptable delay. Local "edge cloud" processing is increasingly critical as AR moves from novelty to necessity across a broad swath of markets, including industrial, education, and healthcare.
This week, Veea announced that Seongnam, South Korea's Smart City project is using Veea Smart Edge Nodes to enhance its latest cultural exhibits with AR technology. The Seongnam Cultural Foundation's Independent Activist Webtoon Project exhibit uses AR to delight, engage, and educate visitors as they learn about the lives and spirits of 100 historically important activists.
"In collaboration with the very talented Doodleis team and Seongnam City Hall administration, we are demonstrating the clear requirement for a highly integrated edge computing and communication platform as close to users as possible," said Allen Salmasi, CEO of Veea.
"Through this deployment, citizens of Seongnam and the local industry can explore an almost unlimited number of AR, IoT, and other applications of the VeeaHub platform through its open, highly secure software development environment."
VeeaHub Smart Edge Nodes (SENs) deployed in indoor and outdoor exhibit locations combine Wi-Fi hotspot access and server processing, forming a Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) platform, which places cloud processing close to users. Along with secure edge-server processing, storage, and Wi-Fi access, VeeaHubs offer Wi-Fi Mesh, 4G/LTE, Bluetooth, Zigbee, and LoRa wireless connectivity.
Veea makes the localised, scalable edge clouds needed for AR solutions a reality. The highly integrated solution is optimal for demanding applications where small size, high performance, minimal power, functional integration, operational simplicity, and deployment flexibility are paramount.
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.”