By Thomas Jensen

Video technology can change the way people live and work today. It may seem like a bold statement, but looking ahead to 2030 we will experience exponential progress in video that will translate directly into benefits for businesses, people, society and the environment.

With buzzwords like artificial intelligence, machine learning, internet of things to name a few, it’s not always easy to understand how progressive technology can actually benefit society. We explore how video technology will transform a country’s cities, healthcare, education and hospitality, as well as address some concerns about the future use of video.

Transforming care for everyone
Video technology will change the way people receive healthcare. From performing remote surgery through someone else’s eyes to monitoring the well-being of the elderly, we expect video technology to play an important role in helping provide better care and well-being. By 2030, the skills of specialist surgeons in remote locations could be available, even supporting emergency services such as those of an accident with wearable video technology. This significantly reduces the need for timely specialist help and often improves patients’ chances of faster recovery.

Making cities safer and smarter
Video technology combined with AI learns a city’s traffic patterns, making real-time adjustments to signals and signage to avoid queues of slow-moving vehicles. By combining video analysis of traffic patterns with data from air quality sensors, we can actively support minimizing pollution hotspots that accumulate during rush hour due to slow-moving or stationary vehicles.

2030 classrooms that look nothing like today
We expect educators to increasingly use video technology to give students an immersive experience that grabs and holds their attention. Video technology can also help them learn about concepts beyond their current experience, such as living on a remote planet. In the future, instead of one lesson for many, video technology could enable teachers to provide a one-to-one learning experience by personalizing lessons for individual students. Video could also increase the availability of self-directed learning in any location.

Using video technology responsibly – India’s story
The Indian government has focused on improving the security of Indian Railways. Video technology is integrated with AI, data analytics, sound detection, behavioral analytics to monitor and manage complex transportation infrastructure to counter potential crimes and terrorist acts. The installation of IP cameras and the development of integrated command and control centers that can analyze real-time data is also becoming a priority for Indian Railways. We will soon see external video equipment such as drones, body cameras or even cameras on the train without relying only on fixed cameras.

Future of video technology
Looking ahead to 2030, as video technology advances, these stories show how it can change the way people live and the way people work. To embrace this life-enhancing role, people need to be in control of video technology, not the other way around. As we move towards a future where video technology could be a part of everyday life, there will be many more promising opportunities. To realize the benefit of those capabilities, we need to implement this great technology the right way — responsibly.

The writer is CEO, Milestone Systems

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