Exploring the Intersections Created by Video-Based IoT


Intelligent video capabilities in IoT are significant. Video provides an enhanced level of monitoring and surveillance, enabling remote access to live and recorded feeds. (This can be particularly useful for real-time, intrusion-detecting security applications.) The incorporation of video tech in IoT devices also makes solutions more cost-effective, since video data can be analyzed to extract valuable insights that pave the way for proactive, cost-savings benefits.

At IoT Evolution Expo 2023 (held at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL), a session about video functionalities in IoT was led by moderator Ken Briodagh, Executive Editor of The Frontier Hub and featured speaker Derek Peterson, Chief Executive Officer of Soter Technologies.

As Peterson explained, the company he founded was named after Soteria, the Greek goddess personifying safety and preservation from harm (an epithet of Persephone). “Let’s face it, cameras are functionally everywhere these days,” he said. “And with the prevalence of the Internet, you have to assume things will be public once you’re on today’s version of Candid Camera.”

“So can the same be said about the proliferation of professional surveillance capabilities in today’s world?” Briodagh asked.

“The trend,” Peterson said, “is that there is a density of always-on-camera mentalities today. It’s impacting virtually every industry. There are doorbell cameras, dashcams, webcams, obviously all of our phones – video is usually the commonality. Social media revved that up to the nth degree, too. But as expected, especially for businesses taking care of customers, it’s all about the appropriate and sensible use of video in order to remold what we do and how we do it, not to violate privacies.”

Peterson and Briodagh went on to discuss a bit more about video privacy protection in IoT spaces, as well as the “deployification” of 5G’s availability for video and streaming to the edge in 5G (thus allowing more smart cameras to hit the marketplace). The duo also talked about back-end storage capacity issues, video compression and fidelity, video in autonomous vehicles, and AI integration.

“Video feeds are often the most understandable way to assess a situation,” Peterson said. “How that’s managed and automated will continue to change alongside the digital environments of IoT.”

Lean more about what took place at IoT Evolution Expo 2023 here.

Edited by Alex Passett
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