What is AIoT?

AIoT is a new wave of technology that merges AI and IoT by being able to see things, hear things, and smell things, and then act on the information gathered.

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For many people, AIoT is a completely new concept. Most companies haven’t started using AIoT—yet.

But, companies who have used AIoT report they’ve unearthed new ways to improve customer service, increase profitability, and reduce operating costs. That’s why we wanted to take a moment to explain exactly what AIoT is and how it can help you successfully streamline business operations and scale growth.

Before you can understand how AI and IoT work together, it’s important to understand how AI and IoT function alone.

So, what is IoT?

IoT, or Internet of Things, is a system of interrelated sensors, devices, or objects that transfer data over a network without human-to-human or human-to-computer interactions. Using multimodal sensors and cameras, IoT collects ground-truth data for machines, spaces, and people.

We call these sensors “better-than-human” because humans have limits on what they can sense. Humans can’t always be in-person at a site, and when they are, they may still miss seeing, hearing, or smelling something.

But there are no limitations to what our sensors can pick up.

And what about AI?

AI, or Artificial Intelligence, is technology that “thinks.”

From movie recommendations to self-driving cars, artificial Intelligence collects data to build smart machines that perform human-like tasks. AI models recognize, analyze, and predict activity based on the information they collect. The better information AI is fed, the more it can do.

IoT feeds AI ground-truth data—data that is much more accurate than human sensing. AIoT then analyzes this data to unlock a whole new level of understanding about what is really happening in a physical space. From there, it can prompt automated reactions and provide prioritized, intelligent alerts.

How can AIoT help non-tech, physical businesses?

Many complex physical businesses and labor-intensive companies have customers, offices, and plants spread out over multiple places. AIoT is able to show them what’s going on at these remote locations. With up-to-the-minute info on what’s happening, businesses can make informed decisions and set-up profitable protocols.

AIoT can sense when a part will wear out, so machines can actually be fixed before they even break. AIoT helps eliminate unnecessary service calls since it can see when you need a technician and what tools they’ll need to fix a problem. And since AIoT has no margin of human error, it takes more accurate measurements than human workers.

AIoT can be retrofitted for existing equipment too so you can work with what you already have—you don’t need to replace fleets of machines.

This helps companies strategize ways to provide better service, become more profitable, and grow their businesses. It allows businesses to be more proactive than reactive, since it helps redeploy human workers where they’re most needed and can do the most good.

What about privacy?

BrightAI is innovating AIoT to collect data in a very private way. Our technology is built to ensure privacy.

From the first recordings, our sensors have privacy in mind. When we take camera images, the edge immediately obscures people's faces. We trained our AI on blurred out images of people, so we are able to track movement in a location without intruding on people's privacy at all.

Where can I learn more about using AIoT in my business?

Right now, BrightAI is still creating custom AIoT platforms for our clients. With each custom dashboard we build, we create lego blocks that will allow us to bring AIoT to all industries. Soon, we’ll have turnkey industry solutions that can be set up quickly and easily across multiple types of businesses.

If you want to talk to us about how AIoT can help monitor your remote locations, send us an email at info@bright.ai.