AWS Offering Edge Computing Services to Mining Firms in Brazil
Bnamericas reported Amazon Web Services is in discussions with different industry verticals in Brazil, especially mining firms, about deployment of edge computing services within the scope of private networks. AWS Country Manager Cleber Morais said “You can imagine within a mining company, which is increasingly collecting different types of data, the need to have processing capacity at the cutting edge. We have been doing a lot in this regard with the industries, including some things in Brazil.”
Edge computing brings the data processing capacity closer to the edge of the network. Hosting applications closer to the end-user means that data does not have to cross the internet to be processed in locations around the world. As a result, the lag, or the latency, significantly decreases or can even be eradicated as data is both captured and processed closer to the end-user.
In Brazil, among the largest mining companies advancing with private networks is Vale. Since 2019, the iron ore giant has a contract with Telefônica Brasil and Nokia for the installation of dedicated 4G LTE cellular networks, with a potential upgrade to 5G, in some of its main sites. This connectivity will support the automation of Vale's operations and the use of autonomous vehicles, among other initiatives.