Control rooms are also used in the entertainment world. To monitor the temperature inside theatres, for example. Or to check if the images on the screen are as clear as they should be. In its control booth, Cinionic collects information about thousands of cinema screens around the world.
One man behind every camera to analyse the images, those times are far gone. Nowadays, clever computer algorithms view image streams of hundreds of cameras simultaneously. Only images deemed unusual or suspicious by the software are shown in real-time on the video wall in the control room, explains John Baekelmans, smart-city-expert and Managing Director of imec Netherlands. ‘The system relies on artificial intelligence. And that is a learning process. Self-learning algorithms increasingly help AI to better determine which images are interesting and which are not. Of course not all control rooms today are equipped with this technology, or with an equally advanced version of it. But this is definitely the future.’
Monitoring is such a service: checking if theatres have problems with images, sound, speed, … Cinionic treats all the data of its customers in one, central location. ‘All of the data is autonomously processed in our NOC – our network operations centre – here in Sacramento ‘, explains Tim Rust, Cinionic’s Vice President Sales & Service Operations. ‘Safety is particularly important in the movie business. The producers are particularly eager to have their content presented in the best way possible.’
The most ideal conditions?
‘In our NOC we check various parameters with high-tech equipment: isn’t it too hot in the local projection room? Is the screen bright enough? In short, can the visitor experience the movie in the most ideal conditions? We often detect problems before they are visible in the theatres. Local operators are automatically notified when they have to check on something or when they need to replace a component. And, of course, thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), it all gets easier and it can all be done from an even further distance.’