What the Family Hub Refrigerator and the Internet of Things mean for business

The conversation and evaluation about the Internet of Things (IoT) has been nonstop since the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. The Internet of Things is a term describing the exchange of data between physical things over the Internet. Examples include wireless printing and remote access of IP cameras at your business.

Three weeks ago, the 2016 CES suggested that the future would include artificial intelligence, hoverboards, and self-driving cars. One big buzz? Samsung revealed their new Family Hub Refrigerator.

Samsung Family Hub

The refrigerator allows complete control from a smartphone. It has three internal cameras so you can view the inside while at the grocery store and a touchscreen that streams entertainment and syncs with your calendar, photos, memos, apps, and more.

What does Family Hub have to do with your business? It demonstrates how the interactions between humans and technology are quickly evolving and will become a bigger part of “normal life” – including your business life.

A new history of progress

The Family Hub is the first appliance to break ground in the kitchen. Read this sentence out loud: “My computer can talk to my refrigerator.” Strange, exciting, terrifying, unnecessary, cool…no person will feel indifferent to that statement.

Throughout history, advancements in computers and telecommunications were utilized by government agencies and institutions of higher education and research, but unattainable to average businesses. In the early 1970s, universities started a private Internet and computing hardware was large, expensive, and complex. Then, with the development of local area networks (LANs) and the Internet Protocol standard, workstations and personal computers became alternatives that businesses could afford in the 1980s.

Computers were at our workplace, then our homes. The Internet was at our workplace, then our homes.

In the mid-2000s, Internet connectivity became available with other electronics and introduced downloadable applications. Smartphones combined the functions of a mobile phone and personal computer, extremely popular for wireless access. Using the Internet, media players and TVs can stream, game consoles provide interactive gameplay, and cameras can send photos to printers and e-mails.

Like automobiles and cellular phones, computers were exclusive. Now, heart monitors can save and send data, smartwatches allow convenient communication, and automobiles are starting to include mobile hotspots.

Our way of living means we’re always within reach of being connected, in someway or another, and it will transfer into business practices.

Internet for your Business: A new way to work

The devices in our homes are already communicating via the Internet and businesses are next. If you aren’t taking advantage of the Internet at your business, you really should be and TriTech can help.

Traditional analog audio and video networks are fading away in favor of IP communication. The quality of digital audio and video is superior, yet the issue remains: Many data networks aren’t configured optimally from the start. Audio and video causes additional stress to the network traffic because the content is time sensitive and high bandwidth. When voice and video aren’t given priority in the network, below standard results occur including static and inconsistencies. Because of these flaws due to poor configuration, people remain skeptical. TriTech prides itself in designing successful networks and delivering the best method for your business.

If your business has multiple locations or traveling is involved, creating a VPN as a common destination for remote employee communication and access to servers and files is a great option. With TriTech, you won’t have to worry about security because our computer engineers are certified to encrypt, authorize, and secure a VPN for your business.

Internet of Things

The inevitable future will be the Internet of Things; anything and everything that’s able will always be connected, communicating, online. Samsung hopes Family Hub will be the next norm. When running late, we used to make a telephone call, then we sent a text message, now we might post a digital note on our refrigerator.

Forbes Contributor Jacob Morgan, co-founder of the Future of Work Community, wrote about IoT in 2014: “Say for example you are on your way to a meeting, your car could have access to your calendar and already know the best route to take, if the traffic is heavy your car might send a text to the other party notifying them that you will be late. … What if your office equipment knew when it was running low on supplies and automatically re-ordered more?”

Internet doesn’t provide security, but TriTech does

All of these interactions are taking place by way of the Internet, a public wide area network (WAN). Public. A computer server at your work is connected to the office LAN, so your home LAN cannot access it. To resolve this, the Internet is used.

However, everyone and anyone can use the Internet. If security and preventative measures aren’t taken, then connections are vulnerable and at risk. Sometimes measures such as passwords still aren’t enough to protect from threats. With your business, securing traffic sent across the Internet and LAN is vital. That’s where the certified professionals of TriTech step in.

TriTech Corporation of America has been helping businesses with networking and computing solutions ever since Internet service providers multiplied in the early 1990s. Unmatched, TriTech has a track record of results and proven reliability.

Secure and future-proof your business with TriTech today, (262) 717-0037, toll-free (800) 891-3388, or email service (at) tritechcoa (dot) com.

A Guide to Codes and Standards of IP Cameras Explained

Delving into IP camera datasheets can leave you lost from understanding. Even after you define what the abbreviations mean, you’re still left wondering the relevance they have to your circumstance. If the importance turns out to be major, then the rating that you require from a camera is your next step.

TriTech Corporation of America put together this guide to help clarify some of the most common and recurrent IP camera technical specifications. These ratings and approvals can also be found with other electronic gadgets and electrical technology, such as cell phones and carpentry tools.

To learn about image elements of an IP camera, click here.

Particular Environments
Particular Environments Chart

IP Code

EN/IEC 60529 & ISO 20653

IP_ _

An IP rating is an international standard that identifies protection against solids and liquids by a two-digit evaluation. It is not exclusive to IP technology despite its acronym and will be the code you see most often.

  1. The first number rates solid protection including dust, tools, and hands on a scale 0-6.
  2. The second number rates liquid protection on two different scales: ingress and pressure, 0-6K; and immersion, 7-9.

If there is no protection against either type, this is identified by the digit “0.” If there is lack of data for either rating, it is identified by an “X” for the corresponding digit. ISO 20653 applies to cameras designed for road vehicles.

For instance, an IP camera rating at “IP6X” is sealed from dust but, although not evaluated, doesn’t mean liquid protection is nonexistent. Remember: “X” does not mean lack of protection, just lack of supporting data.

The two liquid ratings are separate and need to both be identified, if applicable. The IP code of an IP camera could possibly read “IP66/IP67.”

IK Code

EN/IEC 62262

IK__

An IK rating is an international standard that identifies resistance against impact (the force or shock as resulted by a collision). On a scale 01-10 up to 10+5 (10+++++), the test evaluates the energy and measures the joules caused from impact. IK00, if listed, means the camera hardware is not protected under this standard.

One joule is roughly an apple being dropped from the air 3 feet.
Specifics and details of IK code ratings

Motion Specification

IEC 61373/EN 50155

Category / Class

EN 50155
The specification for vibration and shock is given after test compliance. EN 50155 is a standard originally for Railway applications – Electronic equipment used on rolling stock but has since expanded beyond trains. It contains 14 tests with “11 – Vibration, shock, and bump test” as one of the 8 mandatory tests; it refers to clause 12.2.11.

Listed after EN 50155 may be a letter and number indicating the temperature class that the camera was tested in or how it responds to interruptions in the voltage supply.

Temperature Class (F˚)
Temperature class

Voltage Interruptions

  • S1: no interruptions
  • S2: no more than 10 millisecond interruptions

IEC 61373
IEC 61373 is a standard originally for Railway applications – Rolling stock equipment – Shock and vibration tests and can be seen as an independent part that’s also a requirement of EN 50155. There are three categories but “Category 1” is the one you’ll see, which means the camera is mounted directly to the shell of a vehicle; under “Category 1,” “Class B” signifies the camera is mounted via housing or case.

There are three tests defined in Sections 8-10: Random vibration – functional, random vibration – long-life, shock.

Sometimes, the two identification codes are used interchangeably; EN 61373 has the possibility of showing up, too.

NEMA Code

NEMA 250

Type __

A NEMA rating is the amount of protection a camera’s enclosure gives in specific environments. In the cold winter of Wisconsin, a camera that’s operational through ice and in below-zero weather may be what you require. Special elements such as fibers, propane, metal and coal dust, or flour could also be a deciding factor.

NEMA hazardous and nonhazardous rating codes
Click above to view the NEMA rating codes

ONVIF Code

ONVIF Profiles

Profile _

An ONVIF profile defines the features and abilities of IP cameras, video management software, and related equipment. This is useful if you will have a mix of camera brands and need only one VMS. The requirements within a profile are labeled as mandatory, conditional, or optional.

  • S: Common system functions; also applicable to video converters. This includes mandatory video streaming and conditional video format streaming, mandatory encoder configuration, and conditional PTZ commands.
  • G: Video data relations; also applicable to video converters and NVRs. This includes mandatory recording, replay control, video search, and event service.
  • C: Basic physical access controls; mandatory or conditional by either device or client. This includes door control, access control, and event handling.

 

Select IEEE 802

  • IEEE 802 Collection of standards relating to LAN and MAN. Maintained by the LAN/MAN Standards Committee (LMSC).
  • IEEE 802.11 Group of standards for Wireless LAN (WLAN; Wi-Fi).
  • IEEE 802.1X “Port-based network access control.” It allows authenticated and authorized devices to securely communicate, such as a camera and computer.
  • IEEE 802.3 Group of standards for Ethernet.
  • IEEE 802.3af (IEEE 802.3at Type 1) Power over Ethernet.
  • IEEE 802.3at (Type 2) Power over Ethernet, enhanced.

UL 2044

Standard for Commercial Closed-Circuit Television Equipment.

DNR

Digital noise reduction. 2DNR is 2-dimensional noise reduction that polishes moving objects. 3DNR is 3-dimensional noise reduction that goes a step farther and polishes still objects.

Organizations

  • EN: European Standards
  • IEC: International Electrotechnical Commission
  • ISO: International Organization for Standardization
  • NEMA: National Electrical Manufacturers Association
  • ONVIF: Open Network Video Interface Forum
  • AS/NZS: Standards Australia and New Zealand
  • BS: British Standards
  • CEN: European Committee for Standardization
  • CSA: Canadian Standards Association
  • DIN: German Institute for Standardization
  • EMC: Electromagnetic Compatibility
  • IEEE: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • KCC: Korean Certification Commission
  • UL: Underwriters Laboratories
  • UN/ECE: Economic Commission for Europe of the United Nations
  • VCCI: Voluntary Control Council for Interference by Information Technology Equipment


TriTech is here to help

For over 20 years, TriTech has been the only choice for network security for businesses of all sizes. Manufacturers, such as Axis and Mobotix, certify our team of experts to deliver reliability and results.

We understand that the technology of IP cameras can be confusing. If you have further questions about specification codes or security cameras in general, don’t hesitate to call TriTech – we’re here to help you with your business.

Call TriTech today, (262) 717-0037, toll-free (800) 891-3388, or email us at service (at) tritechcoa (dot) com.