Technology is advancing quickly, and it continues to bring us new innovations that can improve the way industrial environments operate. One exciting development receiving attention is AIoT, the Artificial Intelligence of Things. This combination of two powerful technologies, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), is creating smart devices and systems that work together and can make intelligent decisions.
Intelligent cameras, which are a part of AIoT technology, utilise AI to analyse data in real-time at the edge. These cameras serve as sensors and can not only intelligently detect objects, but process and interpret the detected objects, and then make decisions based on predefined rules, algorithms, or patterns. This advancement in remote monitoring is being labelled camera-as-a-sensor, or CaaS.
Intelligent cameras contain enhanced capabilities compared to regular cameras. Typically, they are equipped with built in processors, memory, and software algorithms that enable them to perform tasks beyond simple image capture.
The built-in processors and onboard computing power allow for two important functions: computer vision and data processing. Computer vision gives the camera the ability to interpret and understand visual data using algorithms and machine learning techniques.
Data processing enables the camera to perform complex calculations to extract meaningful information from the captured visual data, and turn this into an action, such as raising an alarm, shutting down a process, or stopping someone not wearing the correct PPE from accessing a dangerous location. It’s through this process that CaaS provides data insights beyond normal camera vision, enhancing safety, efficiency and productivity.
The versatility and advanced capabilities of these cameras make them valuable tools in various industries and use cases. With certified applications designed for specific requirements, and application bundles that contain multiple applications that can run in parallel, camera-as-a-sensor solutions can meet multiple requirements.
Advantages for utilities
Using cameras as sensors offers significant advantages for Australian utilities, especially those managing remote and dispersed assets. Key benefits include:
- Visual inspection: high-quality images and video allow operators to visually inspect equipment, facilities, or infrastructure from anywhere. In environments with aging infrastructure, this helps identify damage, wear, or any unusual signs that need attention, and removes the need for unnecessary in-person technician visits. Continuous monitoring means you can move away from fix-as-fail to a more proactive and even predictive maintenance regimen, meaning less disruption and better productivity.
- Alert generation: intelligent cameras are equipped with advanced algorithms that can detect specific events or conditions. When triggers such as movement in restricted areas or abnormal temperatures are detected, these algorithms send real-time alerts. This enables prompt action to address potential issues.
- Data analytics: intelligent cameras collect visual data that can be analysed remotely. By using artificial intelligence and machine learning, the cameras can identify patterns, trends, and anomalies in the data.
This analysis offers insights into asset performance, operational efficiency, and predictive maintenance needs, helping operators make informed decisions. When evaluating camera-as-a-sensor solutions for industrial environments, there are several important factors to consider. Firstly, it’s important to consider your power requirements, network infrastructure and availability to ensure compatibility and easy integration.
Additionally, consider the physical installation requirements to ensure a clear view of the areas you want to monitor. It is crucial to select a camera specifically designed for industrial use, capable of withstanding harsh conditions. Finally, consider the system’s ability to accommodate future growth and expansion, as well as the flexibility and scalability of the hardware and software components.
If you need help building, optimising, or scaling a camera-as-a-sensor solution in your organisation, book a discovery session with Madison Technologies’ technical team, who can take a deeper dive into the unique challenges of your operations, listen to your requirements and recommend a solution that fits your needs.
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