What is a Smart Campus?
Is it conforming to a specific network infrastructure? Is it customized environmental for heat and air? Is it campus security? Is it how students’ study, how they learn, and how they live?
What, exactly, makes a campus “smart”? At the highest level, a Smart Campus links devices, applications, and people to enable new experiences or services and improve operational efficiency. But the bigger question is how? Our answer to that question is the Eco-System.
Student services or experiences might include way finding, smart parking/transit, wait times for cafeteria food, or availability of fitness equipment, finding their belongings (bicycle, backpack, laptop), and more.
We at Eco-System see the Smart Campus as the intersection between Smart Homes (new experiences for Digital Natives entering higher education) and Smart Cities (new operational efficiencies to save money and improved public safety).
A Smart Campus starts with ubiquitous, reliable wired and wireless connectivity – indoors and out. That’s the foundation. However, while that kind of connectivity may once have been a goal in itself for many colleges or universities, it’s just the beginning of a Smart Campus.
When all of the people, devices and applications on campus share a common technology infrastructure, they can interact with each other to enable experiences and efficiencies that weren’t possible before.
Add Internet of Things (IoT) networks (sensors, access technologies, gateway) to put campus infrastructure on the IP network, such as outdoor lighting, building lighting/heating/cooling/power systems, security surveillance and physical access systems, parking facilities, and more. When all of the people, devices, and applications on campus share a common technology infrastructure, they can interact with each other to enable experiences and efficiencies that weren’t possible before.
The campus becomes a platform for innovation, thanks to IoT data and how it is used to enhance or create new services and efficiencies.
The benefits of a Smart Campus are many, and in addition to the operational efficiencies, we are starting to see them fall into three major categories: Smart Living, Smart Learning, and Smart Safety & Security. All of which can help increase student engagement which is vital to help students transition to university life and help them obtain all the resources they need to succeed.
Want more information on how Landscape can get you started on the road to building a smart campus? Contact us today and one of our professionals can guide you through the process.