ETSI lets edge app developers play in the Sandbox

To help application developers to experience and interact with an implementation of ETSI MEC APIs and test out their applications, ETSI offers the MEC Sandbox.

The interactive environment enables users to learn and experiment with ETSI MEC Service application programming interfaces (APIs). Standardised RESTful APIs are targeted at multi-access edge computing (MEC) application developers to consume the value-added services offered by MEC, including real-time access to network and context information (either fixed or mobile), as well as location information on infrastructure and user equipment.

The design principles for developing the APIs have also been specified in ETSI GS MEC 009, along with http methods, templates, conventions and patterns. The MEC service APIs are available in YAML and JSON format, presented via OpenAPI-compliant descriptions.

“With the Sandbox, developers with existing applications can configure them to access and use the live MEC APIs running in their own test environment which is essential for them,” explained Walter Featherstone, chair of the ETSI MEC Deployment and ECOsystem Development (DECODE) working group.

MEC Sandbox provides the user with a choice of scenarios combining different network technologies (4G, 5G, Wi-Fi) and terminal equipment, such as vehicles, pedestrians or connected objects. Combining these simulated assets in a geo-located environment, a user can gain hands-on experience of the behaviour and capabilities of the location (MEC013), radio network information (MEC012) and WLAN information (MEC028) service APIs.

Developers will be able to browse the Wiki Ecosystem page, which provides information mainly related to the work of the ETSI ISG MEC Deployment and ECOsystem DEvelopment (DECODE) Working Group, whose aim is to accelerate the development of the MEC ecosystem.

ETSI provides members with an open and inclusive environment to support the development, ratification and testing of globally applicable standards for ICT systems and services across all sectors of industry and society.  It is a not-for-profit body with more than 900 member organisations worldwide, drawn from 65 countries and five continents. Its membership is made up of large and small private companies, research entities, academia, government and public organisations.

ETSI is officially recognised by the EU as a European Standards Organization (ESO).

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