AI and AV: The Wave is Coming, Can Technology Providers Surf?

This is a guest article contributed by POMT’s very own Kevin Tomlinson, Solutions Architect SME.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the buzzword being murmured through the spaces of most tech giants today. Apple, Google, Facebook are already knee-deep in the race for AI, delivering on and continuing to expand user experience where AI is behind the learnings.

Smart cars are perhaps one of the greatest advancements to transportation over the last few years, with Tesla’s ‘autopilot’ feature and Google’s self-driving car are just two recent examples of how cars are learning to drive for us.

What’s more, AI is already finding it roots in many everyday functions, from helping your Siri voice assistant to talk, producing smart home devices that offer lighting and heating controls, or creating video recommendations on YouTube based on preferences you’ve specified.

With all the hype around the future of work, we thought it was time to ask the question: is AI applicable to audio visual technologies in 2016?

What is simulated intelligence and smart data?

The general consensus around the office floor is a unanimous vote against AI, at least for now. Computers aren’t thinking for themselves yet. While we await the successful integration of AI with audio visual technologies, what we are arbitrarily terming ‘Simulated Intelligence (SI)’ – otherwise known as ‘smart data’ – emerges to champion more prescriptive but nonetheless intelligent ways of working.

SI is all about using information to improve a user’s interaction with an interface in smart; predictive ways based on learned or taught experience.

As we walk in our front door, we have a mobile swipe code that gives us access to the building. But this seemingly simple function could do a lot more. Simulated intelligence involves machines interpreting what you want; so if I want to make a call, or book a meeting, an ideal conference is setup that means you have to move little more than a finger. The intelligence is in the ease-of-use.

How can AV technologies use simulated intelligence?

Let’s start with a bit of honesty; no one really knows what this means for AV – yet. But it is definitely something all technology companies should be looking at. Some of the ways our team is envisaging simulated intelligence working in the realms of AV includes:

  • Predictive room booking and control-based applications, where you can examine your meeting data and have SI turn systems on and off for you
  • Top-down views of online meetings and concierge functions via SI, ensuring ease of establishment and processes
  • Empirical inspection of data from our existing systems on client floors suggests we need to model the next round of collaboration tools and spaces on actual data (Condeco, Fusion, Skype)
  • Adaptable and automated UAT room and systems commissioning
  • Light sensors are now adaptive to their environment; normal rooms function to ‘switch on’ or ‘switch off’ when you walk into a meeting or conference room. But thanks to LCD lighting, what’s to say you couldn’t set that lighting to mirror indoor and outdoor lighting for energy efficient room controls
  • If you can track users via their mobile phones, what is to say you can’t leverage smart data to remember their preferences when they next walk into a room? There is the potential for that room to remember your preferences for meeting settings (video conferencing, virtual meeting rooms) and room settings (lighting, air conditioning) based on what you used previously
  • One recent application we think is a great exemplification of simulated intelligence is found in Quividi – digital signage that monitors and interprets a viewers gender, composition and engagement based on anonymous video analytics (AVA).

Getting started in more intelligent ways of working

Starting your businesses entry into the world of SI is simple enough; beginning at the point you dip your toe in the water with existing technologies. By taking your guidance from larger firms already investing in future-facing technologies, you can begin your own attempts at enhancing collaboration with SI and growing the process from there.

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