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Since the advent of the first smartphone in
1994, the world has been increasingly at our fingertips. We can immediately use
our mobile devices to search out just about anything we want to know. As we
progress over the next few years, new information will be available to us as
the Internet of Things (IoT) adds a technology layer
to our lives. It will transform the world into smart spaces that will use data
and possibly artificial intelligence to manipulate our environment in so many
CLICK TO TWEET: The key to transforming any location into a smart space begins
with understanding the current and future needs of a sound IT infrastructure.
This new world of smart spaces that inform us is just beginning to take
shape across many aspects of our lives. Universities are an example of
establishments taking the lead in transforming their spaces to improve
sustainability, safety and overall student experience.
Sustainability is a key driver for many campuses that are seeking to
reduce waste. For example, George Washington University has placed energy
monitoring devices around the campus to understand and report on energy usage.
At Arizona State University, they monitor water usage in their stadium after
football games to ensure that no faucets are running to reduce water
For improved safety, Columbus State University is using an app paired with
hundreds of Bluetooth beacons across the campus to enable students and faculty
to report safety concerns or suspicious behavior with accurate location data.
Sometimes data can be used to make life easier. At the University of Oklahoma,
beacons and apps help users navigate resources in its seven-story library.
Grove City College expands on the use of wayfinding across the college,
incorporating self-guided tours and resource availability.
These are but a few ways that a campus can innovate with their smart space
transformation as they incorporate things like concession line wait times,
parking spot availability and threat identification using surveillance systems,
to name a few.
The key to transforming any location into a smart
space begins with understanding the current and future needs of a sound IT
infrastructure. A university can achieve this by identifying current power and
connectivity needs while being prepared for the possibilities presented by IoT
and emerging technologies. Let CommScope and Graybar help you start the
journey. In the meantime, tell us what other apps or devices are being used on
campuses to help their students and faculty.