How video technologies are transforming industries?
“The testing, inspection and certification industry, for example, uses innovative video techniques to inspect pipelines or buildings with the help of drones equipped with high-resolution or thermography cameras”
CEO of Industry Service Division, TÜV SÜD
Monday, October 14, 2019
World Standards Day is on 14 October and this year’s theme seeks to highlight how “Video standards create a global stage”. World Standards Day is a joint initiative of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). This is the day we pay tribute to the thousands of experts worldwide who developed voluntary technical agreements published as international standards.
In recent years, video has become the clear medium of choice for communication. Thanks to the rapid advancement of video technologies, videos are improving exponentially in quality even as file sizes are getting smaller. Videos now create a richer, more immersive experience.
Enabled by harmonized global standards, videos can be shared across a variety of devices and platforms worldwide. Videos encoded on one device using powerful compression technology can be transmitted to and decoded by an unrelated device. This leads to a wide variety of video technology applications, including simulations, digital modelling and video conferencing.
These video applications continue to play a key role in empowering industries to start their digital transformation. Here are four examples:
The challenge of evaluating the safety of automated vehicles starts with ensuring that all vehicles are put through a stringent and comprehensive battery of standardised tests.
In partnership with AI computing company NVIDIA Corporation and drive system developer AVL GmbH, TÜV SÜD is developing parameters such as safety requirements, critical driving scenarios and evaluation criteria for these tests, essentially setting the standard.
In addition to conventional driving tests, video simulation is used to run millions of these scenarios, in order to account for every possible driving situation.
The complexity of a construction project cannot be underestimated. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is the process of planning and managing a major construction project through the creation and use of a multi-dimensional digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of a building or infrastructure project. Essentially, it uses video technology to create a digital twin of a product, creating a single source of truth across the whole lifecycle of a building or infrastructure project, mitigating risk and managing time and costs efficiently.
TÜV SÜD is helping to develop Germany’s first BIM Standard for public high-rise. The standard will affect more than 31,000 existing public buildings. During the BIM audit and project review, the team has found various areas for improvements of public high-rise that the BIM standard and method will solve in the future. For example, reduction of construction costs and project timeline through complete digital project review and model-based design quality checks. Contributing through BIM advisory, the standard will include a template for BIM requirements as well as an execution plan.
Together with a network of medical advancements, video technology will play an important role in empowering the elderly to live independently. For example, both elderly patients and healthcare providers will be able to communicate without having to meet in person. This gives the patient the possibility to live independent and maintain their standard of living when they require certain level of medical assistance.
The combined use of a companion robot and video conferencing allows the elderly patient to receive immediate attention from healthcare providers. Whether it is to provide physiotherapy services or a medical consultation, video conferencing gives both patient and doctor the ability to interact while freeing them from the need to be physically present.
This is just one of many aspects of TÜV SÜD’s Smart Elderly Care @ Home Centre, which is a tangible, operational platform to test a variety of smart healthcare solutions.
In the testing, inspection and certification (TIC) industry, the integration of innovative video techniques has sped up and increase the safety in inspection procedures. For example, drones equipped with high-resolution or thermography cameras are deployed during inspection of pipelines or buildings.
Traditionally, inspections of pipelines and buildings required specialists to be physically present to inspect all the ins and outs, which takes time. When inspecting larger scale buildings, safety measurements are much harder to manage due to the risks involved when accessing areas that are difficult to traverse on foot. The use of drones replaces the manual process of inspectors walking and scaling the property by feet, alleviating the problems faced. In addition, smart glasses and cameras provide end-to-end documentation of the testing and inspection process or allow specialist to tune in from other locations when necessary.
These varied video applications can touch the lives of many in tangible ways. It is only through setting international standards for video formats and compression algorithms that we can achieve the level of sophistication and ease of accessibility in so many applications today.
By having video standards recognized and respected worldwide, innovators can have the confidence to invest in and develop the next generation of video compression technology – by building on the standards of today.
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