So what will IoT do for the electronic industry? There is no doubt that it will set innovators free to use their imaginations in order to come up with creative solutions that combine the expertise, knowledge and intuition of ‘man’ with the processing power of ‘machine’.

In simple terms, IoT enabled cameras equipped with or supported by analytics, artificial intelligence or deep learning applications will enable users to achieve benefits from their video surveillance systems which would have been unimaginable just a few years ago. Cameras linked with a myriad of sensors connected to other types of security systems, for example, intruder detection, access control, building management, fire, etc, will result in an automated reporting process which provides security personnel with all the information they need to make instantaneous, correct and effective decisions as to the most appropriate course of action when an incident or emergency occurs.

With compliance being a major issue for many organisations, IoT also holds much promise in terms of the collection and synchronisation of data from many different sources in order to verify in real time that rules and regulations are being adhered to and to generate alerts when they are not.

Much of the data feeding into a central decision point is likely to be stored at the edge, perhaps on devices such as cameras, but more than likely, on locally based servers. In addition to infrastructure security, another important element in ensuring the successful implementation of an IoT strategy will therefore be the need to ensure the fountains of data collected at the edge are protected. No server manufacturer, no matter how reliable their servers have proved to be, is likely to guarantee zero downtime. To mitigate the risk of losing valuable data, it will be essential for an end-to-end fault tolerance solution to be in place.

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