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Video content analytics are poised to revolutionize data gathering and the Internet of Things

From monitoring homes to tracking lunch deliveries, society is fast becoming reliant on sensor data gathered via the Internet of Things. Being able to access wide-ranging information instantaneously and holistically empowers consumers, business owners and leaders to make more informed decisions and see a more complete picture.

Now the business world is embracing a new phase in the connected data evolution: video content analytics (VCA). VCA is the use of cameras to collect detailed data of an environment—from refrigerators to the insides of a freight truck. Paired with sophisticated recognition software, high-resolution video can identify and measure a number of factors relevant to business, including the quantity and temperature of goods, consumer behavior, and object recognition, which includes everything from cars and people to safety concerns like fire or smoke.

Given its range of applications, VCA has the potential to replace the need for multiple sensors, each with numerous individualized tasks.

getting ready for vca

Forward-thinking companies want to take advantage of this new technology

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of business and IT decision‑makers are currently adopting or planning to adopt advanced data analytics technology, such as VCA

Source: Washington Post Insights Survey

As more companies stream and store HD and 4K video from millions of connected cameras, more robust capability is needed across:

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    Network
    bandwidth

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    Security

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    Data
    storage

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the vca‑powered restaurant of the future

Thanks to improved camera technology, cloud storage, and advanced network bandwidth and security, VCA can become a powerful force. Soon cafes, diners and eateries will tap into VCA to automate operations in real time—from front of the house to back of the house to deliveries.

Host Station

Host tracks guests, tables and servers with pen and paper. Customers leave hand-written comments.

Dining Area

Guests order with analog menus. Servers write down orders with pen and paper.

Bar Area

Bar backs manually monitor and stock beverages. Bartender is responsible for hundreds or thousands of dollars in cash transactions.

traditional

Hover on hotspots to see how the front of the house used to operate.

Host Station

Host tracks guests, tables and servers with digital program. Most guest comments are left on online ratings websites.

Dining Area

Guests order with tablets or phones operating off the AT&T Wi-Fi network. Servers are focused on talking about the restaurant, current specials, answering questions and engaging with guests.

Bar Area

Bartenders can manage inventory and customer transactions digitally. Fridges are equipped with basic IoT sensors.

present

Hover on hotspots to see how the front of the house operates today in tech-enabled restaurants.

Host Station

Guests and tables are monitored automatically by video content analytics (VCA). Hosts’ wait time estimates are more accurate and server assignments are easier.

Dining Area

Servers are automatically notified of new table assignments. Managers and corporate leaders get new insights into consumer behavior thanks to VCA.

Bar Area

Beverage orders are executed automatically based on VCA data. Staff has detailed selling points due to real-time communication with ingredient suppliers.

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Hover on hotspots to see how the front of the house will operate tomorrow thanks to VCA.

Store Room

Chefs and sous chefs manually monitor and stock ingredients.

Line

Chefs track and read orders manually.

Manager's Office

Employees clock-in and clock-out. Managers track sales and receipts manually.

traditional

Hover on hotspots to see how the back of the house used to operate.

Store Room

Chefs and sous chefs can monitor stock with the help of sensors and submit orders digitally. Managers can track monthly orders more easily to manage costs.

Line

Orders are managed digitally. Ovens and refrigerators are equipped with sensors to provide detailed information to chefs.

Manager's Office

Receipts and orders are tracked digitally. Digital displays show employees important training information and schedule changes.

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Hover on hotspots to see how the back of the house operates today in tech-enabled restaurants.

Store Room

Stock temperature, visual appearance and quantity are monitored by VCA and restocking orders are prepared automatically.

Line

Specials are automatically informed by what stock is available and which ingredients are ripe. Ovens and fridge use cameras to monitor cooking food in detail.

Manager's Office

Management can track employee and customer behavior to optimize performance. All restaurant information is linked to the AT&T network over a highly secure connection.

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Hover on hotspots to see how the back of the house will operate tomorrow thanks to VCA.

Truck

Truck arrives one week after order was submitted, with supplies for the week ahead. State of shipment and transportation conditions is generally unknown.

Hand-off

Chefs and sous chefs manually inspect all shipments for accuracy and quality. Invoices and payments are handled manually.

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Hover on hotspots to see how restaurant deliveries used to be executed.

Truck

Fleet management solutions, like those provided by AT&T, equip trucks with sensors so restaurant knows location of shipment in real-time

Hand-off

Smart containers ensure orders are fulfilled accurately. Transactions are completed digitally.

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Hover on hotspots to see how how restaurant deliveries are executed today in tech-enabled restaurants.

Truck

AT&T asset management solutions enable cameras to monitor temperature, visual state, and quantity of shipment and communicate with restaurant in real time, helping business management and menu planning.

Hand-off

Chefs no longer need to oversee deliveries. Transactions are fulfilled automatically once the shipment has been loaded into the restaurant.

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Hover on hotspots to see how the restaurant deliveries will be executed tomorrow thanks to VCA.

a bright future
for vca

The global market for video analytics is expected to reach

$11.17
billion

by 2022

according to a research report by MarketsandMarkets

Consumers may be most familiar with VCA from its deployment in household products like smart refrigerators, which automatically analyze the contents inside in order to alert when food is running low. But it will soon revolutionize all aspects of everyday life from grocery stores to restaurants.

Surveillance footage could be considered an early precursor to VCA technology, though there was rarely an automated aspect and people had to scrutinize fuzzy feeds to identify personal characteristics. That fuzziness was due to limited camera technology, but also because it was not possible to store long video files. Today, we have the camera technology, the storage capacity and the security to make VCA a must-have for businesses eager to embrace sensor technology and advanced data strategies.

Now, driven by these advances, businesses are exploring new uses of video analytics, from inventory management and automated deliveries, to behavior analysis and marketing.

a bright future
for vca

The global market for video analytics is expected to reach

$11.17
billion

by 2022

according to a research report by MarketsandMarkets