During a seminar in Switzerland, I sat next to a gentleman who was directing a boat to one of the harbors of Greenland through his telephone. He did not talk to anyone, but used his phone to see the port, identify the position of the ship and communicate online with his captain.
By Juan Carlos George *
I was very impressed. For me, it was a shining example of how to think in an innovative way and use existing technologies in new ways.
There are more examples of technology being used in new ways with video recordings that have traditionally been used to protect people, buildings and other assets. However, the future of the use of video points in another direction.
Eventually, video technology will work in close collaboration with artificial intelligence and IoT technologies, combined with powerful computers that operate in networks with high bandwidth; This is a combination that can make our world safer, offer better customer service and make companies more productive.
A new report by Accenture (https://www.accenture.com/us-en/insight-ai-industry-growth) shows that companies that successfully apply artificial intelligence could increase profitability by an average of 38 percent for 2035. Maybe this figure does not take into account the exponential factors, but I think that companies that do not choose this path will have difficulties to survive.
Speaking of intelligent video technology, we face a lot of new opportunities. Traditionally, video systems have been analog. The CCTV surveillance cameras used an analog video signal, transmitted through a coaxial cable to a video recorder or a monitor: systems without intelligence and therefore, quite limited.
However, when the video material is digitally recorded it can be combined with video analysis, which is the recognition of objects compared to the potential activity in video recording. In the scenario of a large crowd in front of a scenario monitored by the software, unexpected activity that matches predefined parameters (such as the crowd exceeding the allowed number of people) activates the notification system, an alarm is triggered and the event.
And think about what happens when cameras can register spectra other than visible light. This opens up many more useful scenarios.
Football game at 3D
During a visit to Japan earlier this year, I met a design group that was creating a virtual camera to record soccer games; 40 high resolution cameras are installed in the football stadium and all video transmissions are combined in a real-time 3D model, in which the cameraman is virtually on the field during the match, being able to see what they are seeing the archer or the referee at any given time.
Making a 3D model in real time is not a difficult mathematical problem. The only problem is the large amount of data that must be calculated and the fact that the synchronization between the cameras must be very accurate. Nowadays, powerful computers can handle this, so perhaps football matches at the 2020 Olympics will be an even more exciting experience.
These are examples of a small part of the technologies, such as IoT, AI, super computers and video, that are available today. By themselves, all these technologies are interesting. However, it is the synergies between them that will change our world.
We need to have a greater understanding of the commercial potential in these new technologies, focusing on innovation and thinking outside the box. To do this, we must train the next generation of innovation competencies. Only in this way will we be able to leave our traces in the intelligent and digital future.
* Juan Carlos George, sales manager of Milestone Systems for Latin America.