The integration of Internet of Things (IoT) and AV solutions is a growing trend and becoming more and more popular, given the convenience and efficiency they offer across a whole variety of applications.
Communication and connectivity in the workplace and at home is being implemented through ever-evolving connectivity so naturally this includes commercial and domestic video & audio technologies. Various devices such as smartwatches, alarm systems, computers, lighting, video display units, temperature control systems; all are becoming interconnected and having a fundamental impact on the AV industry.
In practice this connectivity is making life easier across a whole range of experiences. Let’s take a look at how IoT is affecting the world of AV and what this means for you.
Creating the Right Infrastructure
To make the most of AV and this evolution of IoT, it’s integral to have the right infrastructure in place. Furthermore, it’s important to understand the requirements as they relate to AV integration.
When the IPv6 standard was put into effect in 2017, the potential for unlimited IP addresses paved the way for every and all devices to be potentially connected through IoT. In order to make the most of the possibilities of IoT for you in your workplace, the AV industry must fully understand and get to grips the details and intricacies of IPv6.
After that, connected devices will ultimately connect to systems appropriately in order to work effectively. With time, this means a connection through a cloud-based service.
While cables will still be required in some AV applications, technology has evolved to the point where we can minimize the effect of any systems “tethered” via cabling. Cable management is something we specialize in to give you the best user experience. That said, wireless is becoming more widespread and so solutions that include systems such as Power over Ethernet (PoE) can be incorporated into AV integration plans.
Like everything in technology, the AV industry continues to learn and adapt and it’s a particularly dynamic field with new tech coming on stream constantly! But it’s essential to keep up to speed with all the newest developments between the crossover of IOT and AV. Through compliance with the latest standards in performance verification, data compression, and energy management the AV industry can offer customers the best possible user experience and ultimately the best working environment for your facilities.
IoT and AV are truly beginning to interact in the workplace in ways that were never anticipated in the early days of IoT. For example, imagine you are at work and out for lunch and wearing your smartwatch. You’re notified of a video conference that you must attend back in the office. While you are getting back, you can navigate to the meeting from your watch or phone. If you choose, you can jump in on that meeting from your device. And while you’re on the move heading back to the office, the conference room has automatically set itself up. The lights are dimmed, and the video display is turned on to connect with all attendees.
When the tools of your workplace can predict and cater to your needs in this way, it is called ambient computing. Machine learning happens as systems within an environment “learn” and respond to user behaviors and patterns. The benefits are easy to see; work efficiency, ease of use better management of workflow.
This synchronization between AV and IoT will become more common too with the passage of time and evolution of tech. As devices and rooms begin to learn from the behavior of its users with lighting and room temperature for example, AV functions too will be guided by ambient computing.
What’s interesting also is that data garnered though IoT interaction can also help in the bigger picture of workflow. For example, is one meeting room being used more than another? Are your huddle spaces not being put to use? Are your employees or colleagues making the most of the video conferencing capabilities in each area? With all these questions, IoT can help collect this pertinent data to allocate resources more efficiently across your workplace.
Knowing this information will be valuable to you and your company. It will allow for spaces and installations to be designed in the most effective way possible. As the IoT and a company advances, the data provided from IoT will give clear guidance to make the best possible decisions.
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