The New Normal
Why IoT smart sensors improve monitoring and intelligent building management and efficiency
- By David Antar
- Mar 02, 2021
With the waves of the COVID-19 pandemic
spreading across our nation like wildfire in
2020, the new normal had to adapt itself
quickly to all situations. Facilities across
multiple vertical markets had to come up
with ways to put out fires by working smarter and more efficiently
in a short amount of time.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we do business
and has significantly impacted the healthcare market. Healthcare
facilities across our nation had to react rapidly and adapt to the
changing environment by relying on the latest technologies to
help them navigate through these unchartered waters. From environmental
monitoring to ensuring that all buildings are properly
sanitized; the IoT Smart Sensor has become the new normal in
the healthcare market.
As a pioneer for this type of sensor, IPVideo Corp. first introduced
the HALO IoT Smart Sensor at the 2019 ISC West show in
Las Vegas, it was known as a real-time vape detection and security
device. A big draw was that this sensor not only detects regular
vape; but can detect real-time smoke and vape with Nicotine or
Marijuana (THC oil). It was also a great way to monitor privacy
areas where video surveillance cameras could not be installed.
In addition to vape and smoke detection, HALO introduced safety
features including abnormal sound detection, chemical detection
and air quality monitoring. Back then, the focus was on vaping and
abnormal sound detection in schools and when introduced in April
2020, it included expanded capabilities such as spoken keyword alerting,
gunshot detection and masking signature identification.
In the middle of 2020, the focus was still on schools and combatting
the vaping epidemic in our nation; but as the vaping epidemic
focus shifted to the health pandemic sweeping the nation;
the IoT sensor naturally evolved into much more than a vape detection
system. With the ability to capture more than a million
data points per day, and 12 sensors included per device, the environmental
monitoring functionality became a crucial focal point
and was a natural fit for the healthcare market.
This article originally appeared in the March 2021 issue of Security Today.