The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects accessed through the Internet, as defined by technology analysts and visionaries. These objects contain embedded technology to interact with internal states or the external environment. In other words, when objects can sense and communicate, it changes how and where decisions are made, and who makes them.The IoT is connecting new places–such as manufacturing floors, energy grids, healthcare facilities, and transportation systems–to the Internet. When an object can represent itself digitally, it can be controlled from anywhere. This connectivity means more data, gathered from more places, with more ways to increase efficiency and improve safety and security. And with MediaSignage, Digital Signage is now an integral part of any business IoT solution.
Imagine having a customer pick up a product, and as soon as he does, the Digital Signage presentation begins playing a campaign that is specifically related to the products the customer is holding, it does not get any more relevant than that. A fire alarm that is connected to your Digital Signage screens instructs people to the best exit route, or a Digital Signage screen that greets (Hello) and turn on a projector for anyone walking through the front door of your business.
These and much more can easily be achieved with MediaSignage trigger and event system. Through IoT and the mediaCLOUD, you can adopt many of the popular IoT smart home / smart business automation devices and integrate them seamlessly into your business. Through an HTTP POST the SignagePlayer can trigger events at a local area network IoT hub (i.e.: Vera / Arduino / Ninja blocks etc) and using a local socket server, the SignagePlayer can receive events and sync the Signage presentation with relevant content.
The flexible architecture of trigger and events creates a limitless platform that can deliver any solution that you can come up with. Arguably, “things” have been existing at the edges of the Internet for many years. People turn off lights and open locked automobile doors using browsers and mobile apps, and industry has been getting feedback from sensors and monitors for many years. But now, for the first time, anyone can easily integrate these kind of solutions right onto their Digital Signage platform, and with MediaSignage you can do it for a fraction of the price of legacy systems.