Smart Campus Solution
A smart campus will allow an institution to connect systems such as lighting and door locks, and to create a seamless and interconnected experience for students, faculty, and staff. By using data and analytics, smart campuses can optimize the following:
With the advent of IoT, and smart technologies evolving rapidly, many campuses are recognizing their significance in optimizing student and faculty success.
The number of IoT connected devices is expected to skyrocket to over 75 billion by 2025. Today, connected devices, cameras, sensors, and machines – all embedded with smart technology – are increasingly used on campuses throughout the nation. So much so that we are starting to call some of them smart campuses.
Resource utilization: by using networked smart lighting to reduce use and conserve energy, a campus can save on resources.
Student experiences: by using smart devices, a campus can easily provide wayfinding to new students and visitors on campus. They could also improve the quality of life by fostering a healthier lifestyle with wearables. Not to mention the mass amounts of data that can be taken from employing wifi, hotspots, and voice-enabled devices to streamline the student journey.
Facilities management: by using Wi-Fi access points and analyzing when students, faculty, and staff come to a certain area and leave a certain area, universities can automate temperature control and other settings in facilities by utilizing machine learning
Travel patterns: by monitoring travel patterns, a campus can design transit systems with optimized routes and increase services during peak hours. For example, Arizona State University created a color-coded system that can be accessed via their app. It tells students and visitors what parking is available.
Transportation schedules: a university can easily ease the burden of finding parking with new campus tech. By using cameras, sensors, and Wi-Fi, students can find parking without constantly circling the campus to find one.
What types of smart campus technologies can we see trending soon?
Smart paint is coming to a city near you. Created by Ohio State University, paint is mixed with an oxide additive that can be detected with a sensor-equipped cane. It is smart because it can give real-time location assistance to the visually impaired and is best used to mark dangerous areas.
Smart lampposts are gaining traction such as the Hello Lamp Post. This type of lamppost will have a code, which you can text to find out useful information about the surrounding area such as the nearest seafood restaurant or ice cream parlor. Smart lampposts are already installed in Tokyo, Austin, and at PSU.
Smart facilities management is also trending because it can use WiFi to determine how many people are in a room. That data is then sent to the HVAC system to automatically adjust cooling, heating, and lighting to ensure both comfort and energy savings.
Colleges and universities are starting to recognize the significance of smart technologies in their desire to better serve and educate their students and communities while optimizing their resources. With smart campus technologies, the potential is unlimited.
The campus digital transformation is gaining traction throughout the nation, and it is going to continue. It may turn out that if you don’t join the smart technology revolution, your campus may get left behind.