Elevate the Student Experience with Smart Campus Solutions
A new survey of college admissions directors from Inside Higher Ed and Gallup found that just 34% of institutions are meeting new student enrollment goals. What can IT do to help attract and retain students? How are you helping students to engage more deeply with campus life? What have you put in place to help your institution stand out—among faculty, researchers and organizations awarding grants—as a leader and innovator?
Smart Campus is a new approach leading colleges and universities around the world are investigating.
Introducing the Smart Campus
What, exactly, makes a campus "smart"? At the highest level, a Smart Campus uses IoT to link devices, applications, and people to enhance and enable new services while improving operational efficiency.
A Smart Campus starts with ubiquitous, reliable wired and wireless connectivity everywhere—indoors and out. However, while that kind of connectivity may once have been a goal in itself for many colleges, it’s just the beginning of a Smart Campus. By sharing a common technology infrastructure, campus infrastructure and once disparate systems can interact with each other to transform student living, learning and campus security.
To get started, read the Smart Campus eBook to learn more about what’s possible.
Home-away-from-home experience starts with fast internet connections, but with IoT can be so much more. Smart Homes have raised expectations, with Ring video doorbells, Nest thermostats and Amazon Echo featuring Alexa. Convenience and control have never been higher!
A smart lifestyle at campus includes mobile apps which provide services like wayfinding to class, personal student networks for privacy, parking spot locating and campus traffic maps, in-building LTE to call mom, and more!
Institutions can unleash amazing new capabilities to redefine lecture halls, create more flexible and collaborative workspaces, and create new and interesting data-driven curricula. How can IoT help?
Students in a variety of courses—public policy, statistics, environmental studies, psychology, mathematics, computer science—now have a wealth of real-world data, drawn from their own campus environment, to study and apply to their projects. All of a sudden, course work that used to be conducted largely in the abstract has concrete, real impact in engaging students in campus life.
Smart Security and Safety
As innovative institutions embrace IoT technologies, they’re finding that the same platform that supports digital learning and connected experiences can enable applications that make campus safer and more secure for everyone living there.
A Smart Campus integrates disparate security technologies into a unified system, allowing you to create safety and security services that are much more than the sum of their parts. Multiple components—lighting, surveillance cameras, alarms, smart ID cards—can now work together to make automated real-time decisions that keep everyone on campus safer.
40% of IT service desks volume is password related, with an annual cost of $118 per student on password resets.** Wouldn’t you like to spend that time and money elsewhere?
Not only do passwords affect IT, they greatly impact the student experience. Students expect to easily and securely connect and use their devices as they arrive on campus and return from a weekend with new devices. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, with campus Wi-Fi portals requiring a login each time there is a disconnect and mandatory password changes every 6 months. This leads to students having to login 10+ times per day or being locked out of their devices. Ditch the passwords and move to a simple certificate-based solution with Ruckus Cloudpath.