June 8, 2016

IoT Integration

The world is changing rapidly. Technology is getting smarter at providing people with a seamless interface to the things they do.

We are approaching the next evolution of the Internet. The industrial Internet where machines talk to each other - the‘Internet of things’ (IoT) – will become increasingly important. Developments like blockchain, cryptocurrencies and the sharing economy are becoming a bigger part of our lives.

Internet video content is used today for many things: entertainment, training, job applications, work collaboration, security and a host of further applications.

Content is dumb. Because it is rendered,it is fixed – and complex systems grow up just to try and get a single piece of rendered content to a device.

This complexity makes it all but impossible to deliver personalised entertainment on a cost effective basis.

But what about more ‘boring but important’ industries, like security - where it can take many man hours to locate a security event, edit it, re-render it, and deliver it?

Both industries face the same complexity.

So how does digital content work in a data-driven world:one with machine-to-machine communication, artificial intelligence and the industrial internet?

Well: it doesn’t!

Right now we are at a crossroads with the development of the industrial internet. Machines that rely on video playback, search and editing cannot deal with the fixed nature of video files.

But the Linius technology is seeking to change that.

Use case: IoT integration

Jenny comes home from work and her TV automatically plays a cooking show. Jenny likes the recipe and tags it to go into the cooking logbook integrated with her TV.

A week later, Jenny decides she wants that recipe for dinner. She tells her home automation system to prepare the ingredients for dinner.

Jenny’s system evaluates the ingredients already scanned in her fridge and weighs the amounts. It checks with her supermarket if her refill order will be delivered prior to her arriving home, and if not, it places an order for the ingredients using one-hour delivery. A drone drops off the delivery package.

That evening, Jenny returns home and checks her security feed. It shows her today’s video highlights of events around her home’s perimeter.

Jenny then switches on her TV and her private cloud plays all her video calls missed today, followed by personally curated segments of current affairs news content.

Jenny now decides to get cooking. She clicks to her dinner channel and the recipe is ready to air.

The recipe plays and pauses at each step as Jenny uses machinery interconnected via IoT.

Once dinner is finished, Jenny’s system collates every aspect of the cooking process and splices the result into a package with which she can review her steps to improve the meal or replicate the recipe.

Whether or not this vision of the future comes to pass, one thing is for sure. The Internet of Things provides for smart connected devices communicating to make our lives easier.

Think about how many times a day consumers could conceivably see video content on TV, billboards, mobile devices, fuel pumps, cash machines, security systems…the list goes on.

The Internet of Things needs a new protocol to make content searchable, editable and presentable just in time.

Today’s systems cannot meet the demands of the IoT.

But Linius – a programmatic virtual format that allows content to be manipulated without human interception –could help content providers to make this vision a reality.

Jodi Cutler
Head of Media Marketing Linius
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