The IoT Has Arrived: What AV Pros Need to Know to Prepare for a Connected SocietyThe connected society is upon us. In the last year, the Internet of Things (IoT) has gone from an ambiguous buzzword and the technology behind connected home appliances to a growing network of sensors, wearables, and data-driven devices that are poised to change the world. Every corner of society is going to be connected in one way or another, and the AV industry is no different.

Teleconferencing rooms and telepresence robots on campuses and universities are just two examples of how the IoT is transforming the audiovisual industry. AV professionals looking to stay on top of their game are going to want to brush up on and pay attention to six different IoT-specific skills:

IPv6 Standard

As more devices become connected to the Internet, more addresses need to be assigned to these devices. The protocol has traditionally always been IPv4 (you may recognize the IP address “127.0.0.1” as home, for example), indicated by four sets of numbers ranging 0-999. Unfortunately, the old protocol essentially became obsolete in 2015 when North America ran out of IPv4. IPv6 is the replacement standard, and should provide an almost infinite amount of addresses for future devices. IPv6-enabled implementations are already required of vendors working with public sector clients, and will soon become the dominant standard everywhere else.

Wireless Networking

Everything nowadays is wireless. Customers and users from the ground-level up to the C-Suite are beginning to expect as much from their AV solutions. Telepresence robots are controlled wirelessly and represent a more complicated end of the spectrum, while a mere absence of wires in the meeting room represents the new, simple standard moving forward.

Power Over Ethernet (PoE)

For those devices that are not wireless and connect via copper cabling, the ability to power them with the same wiring that provides connectivity becomes vital, especially as they proliferate. Battery power is too impractical, as is running extra wiring to every single IoT installment.

Industry AV Standards

AV professionals looking to reap the full benefits of the IoT will need to adhere to its standards. In the past, the problem with streaming AV was the lack of bandwidth in relation to the amount of data, which lead to poor quality video and audio reception. Today, knowing and adhering to the correct standards for data compression, video transport, and other connectivity standards assures the flow of information between devices is uninterrupted.

Edge Network Data & Analytics

Enabling data and analytics at the edge of a network allows users to take advantage of the IoT’s machine-to-machine flow of information. By automating data analysis to occur at the edge, the system can deliver value in real-time without sending frivolous or unwanted data upstream to waste space in cloud storage.

Security

Last and most definitely not least, AV pros will want to brush up on security knowledge. Every device connected to the IoT is a potential breach vector, and keeping the network secure requires constant vigilance. A network, as they say, is only as good as its weakest link, so authenticating and authorizing all users and traffic in and out will be essential.

AV professionals that make sure to stay sharp in these six different areas will be well-equipped to take on the connected society.

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