Published: September 5th, 2018

Mission critical elements of a business, such as security, are creeping their way towards the edge, and Lenovo Data Center Group and Pivot3 want to be the go-to source for those solutions.

The two companies announced a global strategic partnership last week to develop, market and sell a new set of edge computing solutions targeting smart city security. The solution will feature Lenovo’s ThinkSystem servers powered by Pivot3’s hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) software.

Wilfredo Sotolongo, Lenovo’s vice-president and general manager of IoT, said governments and organizations can benefit from the new solution’s machine learning and analytics capabilities.

“Through this partnership, we provide customers a solution to centrally manage their distributed edge devices – with faster video ingest rates, higher resiliency and smaller, space conscious appliances,” he said in a statement.

The new solution is available now in markets across the globe. Proof-of-concept testing is also available at Lenovo’s Innovation Centers, where customers and partners can learn more about how the IoT solutions could work within their own environments, according to an Aug. 29 press release.

The evolving data centre, as described by Bruce Milne, chief marketing officer and general manager for Pivot3, includes intelligent edge solutions, and he said Lenovo understands that as well. Milne is also responsible for managing Pivot3’s relationship with Lenovo.

“Customers are seeing incredible impact from our HCI solutions that are optimized for mission-critical safe city, IoT and edge computing, and we’re pleased to further expand that impact with Lenovo’s market influence, distribution and accelerated go-to-market strategies,” he said.

Lenovo and Pivot3 highlighted how the City of Bogotá , Colombia, is using their edge computing solution to “refresh” the city’s monitoring system of more than 1,000 cameras of different vendors. Bogotá’s entire security network is now funneled into a central control centre, out of which at least four visualization locations, operated by police, will be served. The suburbs of Bogotá additionally chose the combined Pivot3-Lenovo technology for another 2,000 cameras located along the city’s 18 boroughs.

“With this new scalable edge computing solution, the city’s security team can view any camera, regardless of brand across the city from a single location, which will greatly simplify operations,” said Rafael Padilla, systems integrator for the City of Bogotá’s Safe City Project.