Airtel and IBM Partner for Enterprise Edge Computing Platform; Sign up for Maruti

New Delhi: IBM and Bharti Airtel have partnered to deliver Airtel’s edge computing platform, which will enable large enterprises across multiple industries, including manufacturing and automotive, to accelerate innovative solutions. First, Maruti Suzuki, India’s largest passenger car maker, plans to use the Edge platform to increase the accuracy and efficiency of factory quality inspections.

By deploying this platform, Maruti Suzuki expects to improve quality control and ensure its data remains protected at the edge, the automaker along with Airtel and IBM said in a statement on Wednesday.

“At Maruti Suzuki we continually strive to meet the highest quality standards by ensuring our processes and quality controls are well above industry standards. Technology is a key factor on this journey, helping to increase quality and efficiency, and to deliver the next-generation user experience. We are excited to partner with Airtel Business and IBM to raise the bar even further and explore the tremendous possibilities of using AI and analytics at the edge to expand the expertise of our workforce,” said Rajesh Uppal, Senior Executive Director, HR and IT, Maruti Suzuki.

Airtel’s edge computing platform in India includes 120 network data centers in 20 cities under its Nxtra Digital data center arm.

The business value of edge computing can be significantly increased when combined with 5G. In India, where 5G is expected to roll out later this year, it has the potential to have a cumulative economic impact of $1 trillion by 2035, the companies said.

The collaboration between IBM and Airtel around the rollout of 5G was announced today at Think Mumbai. Airtel’s solution uses IBM Maximo Visual Inspection for AI-enabled quality inspection. IBM Consulting is to lead the systems integration for the IBM platform. Through this hybrid cloud platform and IBM Consulting’s industry expertise and access to best-in-class technology and partners, IBM and Airtel Digital’s engineering teams will develop use cases that leverage Airtel’s 5G connectivity and hybrid cloud -Use capabilities of IBM to address the pressing business problems they face Enterprise customers.

Speaking of the work, Ganesh Lakshminarayanan, CEO – Enterprise, Airtel Business said: “As India prepares for 5G, we see a tremendous opportunity to help businesses across all industries transform the way they deliver goods and services . We have the largest network of edge data centers in India under the Nxtra brand and will leverage our collaboration with IBM to help Indian companies meet their critical business needs more efficiently, making it significantly easier for companies to run workloads there , where your data is located .”

Leveraging Airtel’s 5G connectivity and IBM’s highly secure edge computing capabilities, organizations can deploy and manage workloads in near real-time. Industries like telecom, financial services, healthcare, and government can benefit from reduced latency, high availability, and faster connection speeds.

“As organizations — particularly those in regulated industries — work to modernize their infrastructures, they need to be able to do so in a way that allows them to stay compliant without being overwhelmed by their compliance obligations —regardless of where their data resides,” said Howard Boville, Head of IBM Cloud Platform. “Working with Airtel to bring IBM’s hybrid cloud offerings to their Indian multi-access edge computing customers will help them capitalize on 5G and edge opportunities such as: B. Innovate with greater speed and security. “

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