By DaveLevy on May 15, 2006
BT then demonstrated their veiw of Intelligent Infrastructure, the first part showed intelligent cameras, that can detect objects, and the demo had a loitering threshold so that if a person or a bag were to stay somewhere inappropriate for too long, then actions can be taken. The demo, was really about event management, but the camera application was used several times during the day, as it is one way of capturing real world information from non co-operative people and objects. The demo, then identified the nearest (appropriately trained) security guard (role played by our host), who demonstrated a voice recognition system for authentication and showing that the system knew where he was, by answering the voiced question, "Where am I?".
In this case, it did so because as a system co-operator, he had an RFID badge. The system then opened all the doors between our guard and the loitering bag.
The second demo showed a cement mixer that won't start unless an appropriately safety trained engineer asks it to start (not voice recognition this time, although it could be) and that the appropriate safety equipment is in the proximity. It can't make the engineer wear the gear though. A side effect of puting this device on the 'net, is that its activitly can be monitored and so maintenance activity planned on the basis of better knowledge, for instance how busy has it been, not how long since the last service. Its a bit of a difference from our definition of "Intelligent Infrastructure"