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Video Takes Off In Data Collection Applications

8 Dec , 2017  

According to a recent survey, conducted by test and measurement company HBM, video use is accelerating in data collection. The study shows that almost half of the respondents (47%) already use video in data recording today, while 54% of the respondents expect video use within their organization to increase in the next year.

Video cameras are already used in many test and measurement applications throughout the industry in addition to data collection with traditional tactile sensors. But until now, there has been very little information on the level and nature of this use.

“Based on the study, there is no longer any question that recording video data in parallel to tactile sensors or digital bus signals is becoming more and more attractive to users. Video supports traditional sensor data and is becoming a valuable source of additional information, making the room for interpretation even narrower in testing,” commented Christof Salcher, Product Manager Instrumentation at HBM. ” “As the tactile and non-tactile worlds of data collection are coming together, there is not a question of using either video or traditional sensor data – but of both. Going forward, we will see sensors and video integrated together into data acquisition systems (DAQ) in more application areas over time, bringing valuable additional insight.”

In summary, the survey shows:

  • Video is most commonly used in structural durability, fatigue testing (48%). Machine monitoring or general lab testing (30%) and mobile data acquisition or road load data acquisition (28%), are also relatively common areas of application.
  • The most common reason for using video in data collection is to gain additional input analyzing unexpected deviations (73%). Other common reasons are decision finding (50%) and visualization of results to management (41%).
  • Regular video (such as webcams) is by far the most common equipment for video in data collection. In our survey, 80% of respondents use this type. High speed video is used by over a third of the respondents (36%), often in combination with traditional video.
  • Video in data collection is likely to increase substantially in the next years – this is indicated by both sides; by those already using video today and by those who do not. In total, 54% of all the respondents expect video use in data collection within their organization to increase. Among non-users that amounts to 37%.

Use brings more use:- Those already using video are more prone to increase their usage within the next years (76%). Of those 50 respondents expecting to increase their use of video in data, a majority (69%), predicts a substantial growth of 10-50%. None of those already using video expect the video usage to decrease in the next year.


One Response

  1. Peter Olu says:

    Video data collection should be very efficient and reliable. But, it will pose big data challenges.

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