As noted in a recent Gartner report, this year there is expected to be 5.8 billion enterprise and automotive Internet of Things (IoT) endpoints in use, which will invariably portray a 21 percent increase over 2019.
Of these endpoints, the research firm forecasts that more than 20 percent will consist of physical security devices, including video surveillance cameras which have long comprised a significant portion of the installed connected products around the globe.
So today, we are going to look at how video(1) is playing a role in the internet of things. But before we go into looking at that, let’s first have a glimpse of what IoT means.
Meaning of Internet of Things (IoT)
Internet of Things (IoT) simply refers to the things connected to the internet. Things like shoes that can be used in tracking how many steps we take a day, cars which can be used to check how fast/slow an average person drives, refrigerators, sporting equipment and so on. And the best part is that this integration has been around and is growing immensely throughout the globe. However, there are a lot of things that have helped grow the IoT(2), and one of such is videos. So, how is video, playing a role in the Internet of Things (IoT)?
Role Of Video in IoT
In the aspect of convenience, the video has undoubtedly played its role in IoT. Today, a lot of people prefer visual content to written, which is the reason why video social media platforms like YouTube, Vimeo and the rest, are all becoming the real deal, and V-logging is now considered as one of the most lucrative forms of business online. The bottom line, everyone loves the convenience video content offers to the written ones.
Other than the convenience role video play in IoT(3), it also helps in the extraction of a great deal of data from connected devices. And these extracted data, often have the potential to be used in giving users the opportunity to undertake a more proactive approach to business operations and management.
Another role video has been quite visible in IoT is in the aspect of security. Today, the security aspect of IoT as a whole has migrated from the old-fashioned mode of security check to the network video verifications, which brought in advanced integrations, remote access, and enhanced archival/evidence retrieval, thus shadow casting the simplicity of the old-fashioned way of security.
Presently in the security industry, we have high-definition IP video equipment (IP Camera), which has proliferated the market ever since. Plus, we now have the face recognition mode of identification, which has also contributed to taking the security level of IoT into another dimension.
As noted earlier, a lot of people are now turning to the dissemination of content via visuals. And that’s why there’s been a rise in visual content over the years on the internet. According to statistics, 85% of all internet users in the United States, watch online video content monthly on any of their devices.