Next week IoT World kicks off in San Francisco (May 12-13) at Moscone Center, and we hope you can visit our booth there. The reason we’re at IoT World is simple: while at “ground level” our technology is specifically aimed at IP-based video surveillance networks, at a higher elevation what we do is central to the industrial IoT revolution in how enterprises gain operational advantages by using machine-to-machine (M2M) communications along with intelligent data gathering and analysis. We’re making sure that the investments made in industrial IoT can achieve the planned operational goals, as well as achieve the ROI expected.
To clarify, let’s turn to the Wikipedia definition of IoT:
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects or "things" embedded with electronics, software, sensors and connectivity to enable it to achieve greater value and service by exchanging data with the manufacturer, operator and/or other connected devices. Each thing is uniquely identifiable through its embedded computing system but is able to interoperate within the existing Internet infrastructure.
Clearly, camera devices these days meet the definition of “things” – they contain embedded computing systems, but to realize their value must interoperate within the existing Internet infrastructure. Furthermore, they achieve greater value when combined together and connected to other devices like a video management system to perform functions like video analytics, alerting, and content management. Security video networks clearly are a form of IoT.
We specifically highlight industrial IoT, because the consumer IoT space (intelligent refrigerators, IP-enabled thermostats, etc.) is fundamentally different. Both the scale and “mission-critical” implications of industrial IoT don’t exist in the consumer space. Viakoo’s ability to ensure the uptime, stability, and performance of a large-scale IP-based security video network goes directly to the needs of industrial IoT. As shown in the graphic below from a 2011 Ericsson Research white paper on IoT, the consumer “wave” of IoT is to improve value to the consumer lifestyle; the industrial wave is to deliver improved process efficiency. To paraphrase the BASF commercials, at Viakoo we don’t make IoT – we make IoT better.
Whether you can make it to Moscone Center next week or not, Viakoo welcomes your questions and insights on the emerging world of IoT. Feel free to post comments here on our blog, or reach out to us directly through the Contact Us form. We’re part of making industrial IoT achieve the process efficiency and ROI goals the enterprise is counting on, and encourage more dialogue about it.