[ICTinfo] The time of integration is coming for AV and IoT systemsDate of publication: 14.11.2023
Cloud services are intensifying their impact on the AV industry, bringing new capabilities and changing the way AV systems are designed, deployed and operated, according to a new study on the evolution of the AV industry by analyst firm Futuresource Consulting.
The inevitable rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), along with cloud, virtualisation and container-based applications, is bringing AV and IoT devices into a common domain, with both AV and IoT markets focusing on data, connectivity and automation. Both are driven by the need to optimise performance and create a user experience that was not possible before. Indeed, networked devices are increasingly aware of their role, in areas ranging from smart cities and building automation, to retail, healthcare and even education. Businesses are virtualising more and more of their core components, and data transmission is becoming more accessible and communications more seamless. However, the growing desire to move AV solutions from circuit-based infrastructure to packaged solutions is allowing the AV industry to delve deeper into the IT industry. This trend is reflected in the move from traditional matrix switches to AV-over-IP (AVoIP) switches, which enable networking of devices and present an opportunity for monetisation. As the service offering moves to the next stage of growth, coinciding with the expansion of remote monitoring and management capabilities, the real value for AV customers will increase. Futuresource points out that the AV industry has yet to find an effective way to deliver integrated services, as it currently lacks the ability to evaluate the success of the service model and lacks the staff with the right skills to exploit the opportunities that AV-IoT connectivity brings. AV companies will only fully exploit the opportunities presented to them by bridging the skills gap.
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