Last week we talked about how a business can begin to launch into the “Internet of Things”. Margie Gurwin, Director of Marketing at IPVideo Corporation shared that we all “have to embrace a network-centric philosophy, not just for the obvious things that all companies use their network for, but for non-traditional solutions as well.” She further explained that having systems making use of the network will be a prerequisite to allow them to “talk” to each other, thereby providing additional functionality and intelligent responses.
In the next 3 weeks we take a look at examples of how coordinated systems that “talk” to each other, can generate intelligent responses to real world situations.
One real world situation is the safety of our children. This is the time of year when parents will be preparing their children to return to school. In the near future, many of these students may receive an ID badge with RFID technology. This type of ID badge may simplify keeping accurate attendance records and tracking tardiness of students but can also be an important tool in keeping kids safe, both on and off school grounds.
Awesome as a singular solution for parents and school administrators while that student is within the school environment, it becomes fantastic if it can “talk” to other technologies already in use throughout their city.
An example of this would be within the city of Bridgeport, CT. Bridgeport utilizes IPVideo Corporation’s C3fusion PSIM (Physical Security Information Management) software to provide law enforcement with comprehensive situational awareness when responding to security-related events. They do this by linking 1000s of network based security cameras together to make the city safer. The network of cameras is so extensive, it can see what is going on almost anywhere.
It is possible, that in the future, the badge/RFID technology may “talk” with the C3fusion software to help locate a student who may not have arrived at school as expected. This “conversation” could trigger reviewing video camera footage to identify where and what might have happened. This could then lead to several pre-scripted and appropriate responses.
These responses can lead to solving many, everyday problems for parents, children, schools and the cities that they live in. As the technologies continue to evolve, it will be important to build in security protocols that honor the rights and privacies of all involved.
And when this happens, the IoT truly deliver on its potential.