AV systemCisco predicts that 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020, while The Economist reports that close to 75% of global corporate leaders are exploring the possibilities of the Internet of Things (IoT). Clearly, IoT is hot and happening. So what is the Internet of Things? And, why it is such a big deal in the electronics community? What impact will it have on audio visual and collaboration spaces in the future? Let’s explore answers to these questions.

An Introduction to the Internet of Things, or IoT

IoT is a network of objects, a network that is formed by objects connected via the Internet. There are three parts that make it up: the objects, the network connecting the objects, and the computing systems that utilize the data flowing to and from the IoT.  The IoT’s best and most popular examples are home automation, car, and appliance automation. Driverless cars that use sensors are the latest on the list of IoT based devices. Research suggests that most of the traffic congestions we experience is due to the inability to find parking places. To beat these traffic odds, cities like San Carlos, California; Barcelona, Spain; and Hamburg, Germany have already started working on embedded network sensors to help drivers find open parking spots. Connecting sensors to traffic lights and signage is probably not far behind. Those are just a few examples of the types of objects included in the IoT.

CES 2015 – All about the Wearables

CES 2015 was really focused on IoT and wearable technology at its best. According to Samsung Electronics’ president and CEO, Boo-Keun Yoon, who delivered the keynote at this year’s event, IoT has already ushered in some of the futuristic technology shown on silver screens, including multi-screen viewing and video conferencing. Samsung has already planned to invest more than $100 million this year to take projects involving IoT to the next level.  The amalgamation of sensors and wireless connectivity has been showcased in consumer devices like the smart ring and the smart belt, allegedly two of the biggest crowd-pullers at CES 2015. At the base of this amazing network is the universal nature of the IoT, the willingness and openness to accept and offer access to everyone.

Impact on Audio Visual and Collaboration

In the AV industry, the IoT may or may not make a splash, but things like mobile, wearables, and sensors have the potential to have a huge impact on visual communication and room automation. In turn, AV integration will be affected. Not to mention the streams of data that are generated by the IoT. They will very likely affect collaboration in a huge way as well. The sensors and devices working in tandem can produce results that go way beyond our expectations. With the help of the infrastructure of IoT, objects can communicate better with each other, and may even go the extent of taking proactive action based on our preferences. The implementations of cloud in AV technology and collaboration have already begun. BYOD, or Bring your Own Device, is not a new concept and its acceptance and acknowledgement will hasten the process of cloud-based applications and call for more advancements through IoT.

Some in the Audio Visual and collaboration industry have already realized the stream that they are in, and are riding the current of the Internet of Things. They are excited to see the changes that it will mean for the network as it integrates the devices and sensors that will usher in the automation. Resistance to change is likely, but even more likely are the enthusiastic change agents who will help to usher in the aspirations for IoT.

What do you think about the impact off IoT on the AV industry? We would love to hear your thoughts about how you think we will evolve as a result.

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