Telecom Infra Project (TIP) announced a new project group, led by Deutsche Telekom, MobiledgeX and Intel, focused on developing publicly available, vendor neutral APIs and software tools to enable mobility-centric functions, powered by mobile operator edge infrastructure.
The vision of the Edge Application Developer Project group is to maintain the current cloud experience by leaving the backend of an existing application in the central cloud but automating and auto scaling out of the web tier (application front end) to the edge locations nearest to the client in a way that is device, operating system, and language agnostic.
Mobility-centric functions such as identity and trusted location, predictive quality of experience, dynamic grouping for multiplayer or multi-device applications (e.g. drones) are key outputs of the open APIs and SDKs referenced by Sunay. Developer demand for such functionality is already apparent in the market with companies like Niantic, creator of leading Augmented Reality games like Pokémon GO, announcing last week their intentions to partner with Deutsche Telekom and MobiledgeX to revolutionize user experiences with the power of edge infrastructure and services.
MobiledgeX plans to use a permissive open source software license, Apache 2.0, so a developer can release a modified version of the licensed product under any license of the developer's choice.
Until now, the application developer world had largely been isolated from the mobile telecom world. This initiative is focused on ensuring accessibility to the massive existing and future investments and subsequent capabilities. Bringing developers, global mobile operators, and technology ecosystem partners together in a new way is what leaders of the Edge Application Developer Project group believe makes this endeavor so important and pivotal.