The 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 “” 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 […]