By 2030, video technology will reshape our lives in ways we can’t imagine
Video technology has constantly improved society in subtle and obvious ways. As part of safety and security, modern video cameras can alert the police when a crime is happening and can instantly identify the license plates of stolen cars. Beyond that, video technology is used to create heatmaps to determine how certain products perform in a store, automate building access, and more.
The evolution and innovation in the video technology industry is improving and advancing rapidly to meet modern needs. In fact, over the next decade, video technology will profoundly improve the way we live and work. By 2030, we will benefit from exponential advancements in video technology that will positively improve our cities, our healthcare and education systems, and the hospitality industry.
Of course, there is frequent confusion and ambiguity surrounding the continued evolution of technology. Terms like “internet of things” and “machine learning” can leave people more puzzled than informed. It is not always easy to understand how technological advances benefit us. With that in mind, here are some of the most promising ways video technology will improve society by 2030 and beyond:
Smart cities: becoming greener
Today, 55% of the world‘s population lives in cities. In 2050, nearly 7 out of 10 people in the world will live in urban areas. A larger population means a longer commute in many cities — on average, commutes have increased 20% since 1980 in US cities, according to the US Census Bureau. Many smart cities already use video cameras for traffic monitoring, but in the future, advanced video technology will go beyond monitoring to actually manage and improve traffic and therefore reduce the impact of traffic. air pollution on city environment.
Instead of adding more lanes, many smart cities are now exploring the walking city concept: using urban design to connect homes, workplaces, medical centers, schools and retail stores with easily accessible pathways for pedestrians and cyclists. Not only does this green solution improve air quality and people’s health, but it could also reduce traffic congestion, greenhouse gas emissions and noise pollution.
To build these walkable cities of the future, city planners will rely on video technology to drive urban development. Using analytics embedded through data-driven video technology software, city administrators will track usage of city parks or other areas that could be turned into walkways. By leveraging connected camera networks, video cameras will be able to map and identify areas for revitalization (such as parking structures that could be moved underground to create more space for pedestrian paths). Video technology will help increase ease of walking and getting around, and as a by-product it will also reduce traffic and pollution.
Healthcare: Video surgeries improve outcomes and mitigate risks
Hospitals around the world face unique security challenges in maintaining security throughout their facilities, from parking lots to emergency rooms.
Today’s hospital security systems use video technology to protect people and property. But hospitals of the future will look to video to help deliver precision remote surgery. Using robotic surgical technology and advanced communication systems, surgeons and patients will be connected across the country for better surgical outcomes. In short, the most skilled surgeons will be matched with patients as needed and operate from anywhere.
After the surgery, the surgeon will conduct remote visits using an app to speak with the patient in the recovery room and check their vital signs. Ultimately, precision robotic surgeries performed by specialist surgeons could result in reduced length of stay and/or readmission. Video technology will dramatically improve the outcome of major medical events by matching the most qualified healthcare professional with the patient who needs it most.
In addition, cameras in the remote surgery room will be integrated with the video management software, allowing it to record operative procedures and collect data during surgery. The hospital can use the detailed procedure record to train surgeons and operating room personnel.
Education: Supporting Positive Behaviors in the Classroom
Schools today are taking a more holistic approach to security, creating an environment where safety and security tools operate in real time through connected networks, sharing data and information with local law enforcement to improve decision-making and response to events. But the video technology of the future could offer more than student safety – it can help promote positive behavior and achieve academic results.
Positive Behavior Support is a proactive approach that schools use to improve school safety and improve behavior. This framework emphasizes prevention rather than punishment by using universal behavioral support in the classroom, such as reinforcing positive behaviors, teaching social skills, and providing targeted academic support. However, the current process of developing support structures for classrooms can be time-consuming, as teachers must manually collect and record data.
Video technology can help ease the data collection workload by automatically collecting video data from a classroom. If problematic behavior is identified, teachers and staff can respond with appropriate strategies or adjust behavioral or educational support to help students do better on tests as well as in school in general.
Ultimately, video technology can help school administrators improve school performance and reduce bullying as well as drug and alcohol use.
Hospitality: VIP service and sustainability through video technology
Many hotels use license plate recognition (LPR), access control, video analytics, and motion detection to track and prevent suspicious behavior on properties. But in about 10 years, these security tools will be used for a full VIP experience to delight and protect guests.
In the future, when a rewards program guest arrives, LPR will identify their vehicle and alert hotel staff for the valet team to greet the VIP by name. Since this particular guest has already agreed to use biometrics for a seamless check-in and check-out process, facial recognition confirms the guest’s identity along with an access control that recognizes and “speaks” to their mobile phone, and automatically opens the hotel suite door. as they approach it. Greeted by an integrated virtual assistant using video technology, the system asks the VIP if they would like a favorite drink delivered to their room via a robot host.
This same technology will be used to do more than improve customer satisfaction and convenience. In the future, Internet of Things (IoT) technologies will be able to monitor water usage and temperature checks, as well as notify hotel staff of trash cans and recycling bins that require attention. particular attention. Motion sensors will automatically turn off lights or running water to save energy and provide data to the video management system. This data, in turn, will help hotel managers improve sustainability practices throughout the property.
Companies are integrating video technology to optimize their operations
Video technology will help make society a better place for all of us as it continues to evolve and progress. Many companies around the world are already using video technology in ways that go beyond security. Powered by data-driven video management software with intelligent video analytics, business leaders today are using video technology to optimize processes at every level. From making buildings “smarter” to improving city operations, video technology is helping business and public leaders run their businesses efficiently, not to mention over distance.
In the future, business leaders will use video technology to monitor indoor and outdoor air quality and track resource usage to make campuses greener and more efficient, reducing waste and pollution. They will use video technology in facilities with a limited number of parking spaces to optimize parking spaces for employees and customers, reduce traffic congestion and improve vehicle flow. They will use it to automate tedious manual processes by quickly collecting and processing video data and applying predictive problem solving.
Video technology will reshape the way we live and work as it continues to evolve and become more integrated into our lives over the next decade.
Thomas Jensen is CEO of Milestone Systems.
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