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IoT and Video go Hand-In-Hand

by Alan Percy

Jul 17, 2017 4:02:19 PM

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Like many others, I’ve been watching the adoption of video as it goes from a novel curiosity to a mainstream means of communications.  As humans, we are naturally drawn to images, especially moving images.  As a techie, I’m also drawn to automation systems and the Internet of Things.  What happens when you bring IoT and video together?

This last week, we were joined by Dean Bubley, one of the industry’s well-known analysts and futurists for a webinar looking at the intersection between IoT systems and video.

During Dean’s presentation, he points out that a big part of the wide adoption of video is partially the result of compact video sensors.  From miniature cameras hidden inside mobile devices, surveillance cameras, and the wide array of embedded cameras that deliver amazing images and are very inexpensive.  Consider that LCD displays are also quite inexpensive and a whole world of opportunities come into focus (sorry for the pun). 

As Dean points out, virtually any electronic device can be video-enabled for a few dollars.  But does it make sense to video-enable a coffee maker?   Not really…unless you are a coffee shop and want to make sure that you have a fresh pot going for the morning rush.   Then yes, the use case drives the need and surely someone is working on a coffee maker with a video sensor to detect the quantity and age of the coffee.

So we have the sensors and displays, how will the intersection affect existing use cases? Dean points out that the intersection of IoT and video can be generally categorized into one of three buckets:

  • IoT device is a new video end-point or service enabler – an example would be video-enabled drones that can be used for industrial applications, creating new businesses that offer “drones as a service” to do tower or agricultural inspections.
  • IoT event triggers or enhances a video session – sensors detect an issue and initiate a video session with a person or system for further analysis. An example would be a motion session initiates a surveillance camera session with security personnel and/or initiates recording.
  • IoT improves video performance or function – addition of sensor information improves the value of the video session. A GPS or compass added to a video camera give more position/attitude information to a video stream.

From here, Dean looks more closely at the new video-enabled end-points and appliances, including household appliances, robots, exercise bikes and more.

You can listen to the recording of the webinar or download Dean’s paper– request your copy


Topics: WebRTC, Internet of Things, Communications Application Development, Analytics