By 2023, the IoT industry is predicted to reach $1.1 trillion. As the Internet of Things (IoT) develops, the only logical next step is for organizations to connect these systems with advanced audiovisual technologies. These two technologies coalesce to deliver complete connection and connectivity between devices. Currently, there are over 8.4 billion connected devices within the “internet of things”, but most of these devices are owned by companies, not consumers.
Technology once meant updating a few displays, but today, the connectivity enabled by IoT devices adds a level of complexity to these changes. As industries become more competitive, consider integrating IoT devices within your existing AV infrastructure to experience benefits such as reduced operating costs, increased productivity, and enhanced communication between colleagues.
What is the Internet of Things?
If you’re familiar with up-and-coming technologies, you may have heard about the Internet of Things (IoT), which is a network of physical objects that are equipped with technologies which enable these devices to exchange data with other devices using the internet.
The IoT is undoubtedly one of the most revolutionary technologies to emerge during the 21st century. The IoT empowers physical objects with the ability to communicate with processes, people and other objects through the utilization of internet-embedded devices. As a result, organizations in all industries can use the IoT to share and collect data from different devices with little to no human interaction.
Although the underlying concept for the IoT was conceived in 1999, this technology did not begin to resemble its current form until about 2010. These technological advancements ensure that the IoT is accessible to large and small organizations:
- Improved access to inexpensive, energy efficient sensor technology. Initially, many naysayers speculated that the IoT would require vast amounts of financial and energy resources. However, accessible sensors ensure that IoT technology is readily available for many companies.
- Cloud computing platforms. The widespread adoption of cloud computing platforms allows businesses and consumers to scale IoT infrastructure without managing the data themselves.
- Machine learning and analytics. Developments in machine learning and analytics allow organizations to obtain insights faster than was previously possible. These technologies uphold a symbiotic relationship with the IoT. As machine learning technologies advance, they allow the IoT to expand. Meanwhile, the data obtained from the IoT gradually enhances machine learning.
- Conversational artificial intelligence (AI). Rapid advancements in neural networks enable natural-language processing within the same IoT devices that many consumers have in their homes. This may include digital personal assistants, such as Alexa.
Integrating the IoT within your office is quite simple, and can bring great benefits to your organization when used properly. Upon integrating this innovative technology, CEOs, employees and stakeholders will benefit from streamlined workflows, increased productivity, and enhanced communication.
How Does the IoT Relate to AV Technology?
The IoT may appear complex, but this technology is relatively easy to use. The primary connection between the IoT and AV technology is the ability to facilitate communication between devices through the utiliziation of high-quality sensors. We can see this manifest in our daily lives via alarm systems, smartwatchs, lighting, video display units and more as these devices grow increasingly interconnected with one another.
Just as the IoT allows devices to communicate, AV technology allows humans to connect with each other. As the IoT develops, organizations are integrating these new technologies into their existing AV systems. In doing so, these companies are able to create dynamic, engaging AV experiences for in-office and remote participants.
A prime example of integration between AV technology and the IoT are beamtracking microphones, because they respond to their environment with limited human interaction. A beamtracking microphone swivels as the speaker moves throught the room to ensure clear audio. If the speaker changes their volume or background noise increase, beamtracking microphones can sense these changes and adapt immediately.
However, beamtracking microphones could not function properly without the support from other devices, which means that it is constantly collaborating and communicating these technologies to ensure optimal performance.
Cybersecurity and the IoT
As the IoT grows in popularity, organizations become increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks. Although most organization leaders understand the importance of protecting their internet-connected computers from viruses and cyber attacks, IoT security remains relatively new and is often overlooked.
In the past, devices without general-purpose computing operating systems were thought to be less vulnerable to a cyberattack. However, the utilization of cloud services comes with inherent risks that organizations must consider when bringing the IoT to the workplace.
Fortunately, there are softwares organizations can install to mitigate data breach risks. For instance, Creston’s XiO Cloud ensures that integrating the IoT with your existing AV infrastructure is seamless from start to finish. And since the XiO Cloud is built on the Microsoft Azure Platform, you can rest assured that organizations sensitive data is highly protected, because it is one of the highest quality security frameworks currently available.
It is vital that all members of your organization continue to follow strict cybersecurity protocols to ensure compliance with data protection and privacy requirements. Ensure that all physical locations are physically secure and protected by the proper software. Furthermore, it is of the utmost importance that you work with audiovisual integration specialists to continuously monitor your system. They will also ensure that your entire digital infrastructure remains up-to-date and safe from lurking security threats.
Step Into the Future with Applied Global Technologies
The Internet of Things is here to stay, and organizations that fail to adapt will lose their competitive edge in uncertain times. In contrast, industry leaders stay ahead of the curve and thrive on change.
AV technology empowers organizations by facilitating effective collaboration and communication and enhancing productivity. If you’re ready to experience the benefits of a modern workplace, seek assistance from AV professionals and bring your vision to life.
At Applied Global Technologies (AGT), we offer a wide range of AV solutions designed to improve workplace productivity. Our team has the tools and expertise to help your business make the most of its shared office space.