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4 Strategies for Turning Your University into A Smart Campus

It is very necessary to upgrade the traditional campus into a smart campus. It is not only because more and more campuses are actively embracing digital transformation but also driven by the background of the social background and the current situation. The degree of digitalization helps to improve the level of education and teaching, competitiveness, and international visibility of the university, which has important development significance for a campus that gathers civilization forces. Today’s article will highlight four strategies to make your university a smart campus like qnexcampus here. In addition, the QNEX smart campus solution recommended in this article is one of the best practices to help you actively digitalize.

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1. The Urgent Need for Campus Transformation

The COVID-19 epidemic has not only changed people’s cognition of life and health but also invisibly promoted the digital transformation of education. In addition, an incredibly low enrollment rate is forcing many universities to rethink how they practice digital transformation and the process of smart campuses.

1.1 The Digital Campus Reform Promoted by COVID-19

In just one year, COVID-19 has profoundly impacted globalization, social governance, development philosophy, economic shape, education and scientific research, and many other areas of humanity. However, the global public health crisis is not over, and its effects continue reverberating.

This “black swan” event reshaped the form of blended teaching mode. With this background, universities and schools worldwide actively moved teaching from offline to online with the help of Internet technology to maintain the normal operation of schools. Among them, artificial intelligence (A.I.) technology has also been widely used and has played a considerable role in schools and school districts. Many schools have adopted flexible and rich artificial intelligence methods to promote teaching.

1.2 A Dilemma that Runs Counter to Enrollment Goals

The quality of enrollment and the completion rate of enrollment goals play a crucial role in a university campus. The source of students is the lifeline of the school. Only with students can a school survive and develop. To carry out teaching and other activities, the foundation and significance of running a school.

However, the embarrassing situation is that many universities need help achieving enrollment goals. According to a study by the Chronicle of Higher Education, more than 40 percent of admissions officers report that admissions departments on their campuses have difficulty meeting set admissions goals. Moreover, some students have been admitted to the university but have not attended the university campus.

For enrollment teachers, schools, all staff, students, parents, and even the country and society, the role and significance of enrollment work are very important. The dilemma is an embarrassment for many college admissions officers. However, what cannot be denied is that students have the freedom of choice. We must fully respect students’ right to choose the best school environment.

Therefore, universities still need to improve their attractiveness in the long run. As a provider of educational technology solutions, our QNEX believes that the quality of education in schools, or the return on investment in education, is the most fundamental guarantee. The digital transformation of university campuses is of great significance to improve the competitiveness of universities. When the school has enough attraction, the completion of enrollment goals will be under controllable forces so that the school can further invest in improving software and hardware, attract more excellent teachers, or develop better courses to serve students better, forming a virtuous development cycle of campus technology facilities optimization and enrollment quality.

2. The Transformative Impact of Smart Technologies on Some Industries

We can see the positive impact of smart technology on campus and in other industries. From the banking and financial industry with a high degree of technological monopoly to the free retail sector with a high degree of flexibility, intelligent technology empowers all walks of life with unique advantages. In the process of transformation from traditional retail to smart retail, Huawei provides technical support for smart retail with ICT technology.

Organizations and individuals have put forward new development requirements for workplace learning in the digital age. Many workplaces are equipped with systematic digital transformation to better adapt to the changing competitive environment. For example, in the innovative practice of intelligent office, QNEX provides a series of technical solutions such as BYOD-friendly

digital work mode, immersive online video conference for small video conference or medium room collaborative work here. You can also click on our previous blog here to learn about the smart solutions our QNEX design for business.

3. What is an Intelligent Campus?

Of course, the role of education in technology cannot be underestimated, which is the subject of this paper. We have repeatedly emphasized the importance of digital transformation in smart campuses.

You may not be unfamiliar with the term smart campus, but we still need to reiterate its profound connotation here. The smart campus is a simple purchase of a variety of intelligent equipment for the university campus and a deeper support force inseparable from the interconnected Internet of Things technology architecture.

The primary function of a smart campus using network technology is to promote communication within the campus. One of the functions is to enhance security system like this. second, it is also conducive to promoting more efficient use of resources, promoting the green and sustainable development of the university campus, such as energy menagement, heating control; in addition, it can save money and reduce the financial burden of the campus. Therefore, experience optimization, efficiency improvement, and education quality enhancement are the three key nodes of a smart campus.

Based on this, the QNEX intelligent campus solution provides an enhanced experience of a temperature regulation scheme, a remote management platform to improve efficiency , an energy control center, a multimedia broadcasting scheme to promote the quality of education, etc. In addition, smart campus solutions that connect systems such as lighting and door locks are also common strategies to create a seamless and connected experience for students, faculty, and staff.

4. Four Strategies to Create a Smart University

The construction of a smart campus first needs to follow the people-oriented design principle, considering the scenario use needs of each type of subject on the campus. Examples include the specific needs of students, classrooms, and information technology administrators. Secondly, Generation Z students should be actively involved in the learning process intuitively and interactively, such as using IQTouch interactive flat panels to create a more immersive experience. In addition, flexible architecture and scalable performance are two other strategies that should be considered.

4.1 Human-Centric Design

Although the construction of intelligent campuses has been a general trend, the current information application construction is mainly to improve management efficiency. It can not meet the requirements of teachers and students for the quality of campus public service.

The personalized support for users in the smart campus is based on the understanding and accurate description of users. A good user model is the core and key to providing personalized support, which determines the efficiency and quality of customized service.

Therefore, in constructing a smart campus, schools should take solving the actual application needs of users as the starting point, take information technology as the tool and means, and take people-oriented as the first strategy of building an intelligent campus.

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For example, QNEX smart campus solutions provide multimedia distribution solutions to promote students’ learning and provide I.T. administrators with a convenient choice of remote management devices based on the QNEX Touch Control Panel here and QNEX Web Console as operating control platforms.

4.2 Intuitive Interaction

We must think from the student’s perspective to build a better, smart campus. Treat students as consumers and think about their learning needs. Remember, today’s students are digital natives. Therefore, using interactive multimedia forms and intuitive and easy-to-use systems for interaction will enhance the participation of students.

Visual teaching for intuitive interaction promotes knowledge transfer between groups through visual expression. Its focus is on representing and displaying knowledge in visual form to help students understand and master knowledge in a more vivid, visual, and intuitive way.

With the support of rich hardware, software, and digital resources in smart classrooms, visual teaching tools are changing from two-dimensional charts to three-dimensional video animation. Recently, popular VR&AR(virtual and augmented reality) and other technologies have also begun to be applied in teaching.

The rapid development of 5G, the core technology of smart campus solutions, also enables students to feel and explore virtual objects mentioned in classroom teaching, making knowledge more impressive and perceptible and helping to stimulate students’ learning interest and improve their learning participation.

4.3 Flexible Architecture

The flexibility strategy may sound like a broad concept, but it has many layers of practices that make sense. Flexibility should be considered when building the space of a smart campus. For example, the design principles of the Bauhaus aesthetic revolution should be borrowed to adopt movable and reconfigurable teaching facilities to realize the rapid transformation and multi-functional utilization of space. For example, Here QNEX’s divisible classroom solution can transform two separate classrooms into a larger multi-purpose classroom. The partition sensor placed in the space division area can independently control various scenarios and configurations in the room, promote the flexible use of space, and provide a variety of learning, office, and communication places for teachers and students to meet different needs.

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In addition, the flexibility of the technology is also necessary, and the I.T. infrastructure based on cloud computing, containers, and other technologies can flexibly extend the computing and storage capabilities. Although the smart campus scheme is a considerable system, its optimization and update must be carried out continuously. And the construction of smart campuses often needs three main problems. In the current stage, the construction of a smart campus is centered on technology and management rather than on users, and the design and construction are simplified and idealized. In addition, the correlation between information technology and the school’s core business needs to be closer. Therefore, it is necessary to construct a smart campus with flexible technologies.

Of course, from the perspective of attitude, a kind of flexibility to deal with changes is to embrace the change of future education mode, flexibly adapt to new teaching scenarios such as distance teaching and blended learning, to actively analyze and face future development trends, and continue to innovate and iterate on the functions and services of the smart campus.

4.4 Scalable Solutions

The design of smart campus solutions should be highly flexible, customized, and extended according to the needs of different scenarios and meet the diverse needs of all kinds of teaching, life, management, and so on. A smart campus solution should be able to cover various scenarios on campus, whether a teaching building, a dormitory building with high-frequency flow. Or a library or a gymnasium that is regularly visited during a fixed time.

In terms of functions, the modular and open architecture design facilitates the continuous addition and iterative update of new functions. Such as API, microservices, and other technical means to achieve integration with other systems. In addition, at the scale level, the smart campus scheme constructed by cloud computing, edge computing, and other technologies is highly scalable. It avoids the limitations of a single technology path. It helps support deployment needs from small campuses to large comprehensive universities.

For example, the QNEX intelligent security system, which integrates information, digitalization, networking, and intelligence, can effectively improve the security application level in colleges and universities. It is of great significance to maintain campus safety and stability and strengthen security efficiency.

5. Best Practices for Smart Campuses: QNEX Smart Campus Solution

According to the four strategies of building a Smart Campus mentioned in the above part, we construct four indicators of purpose, function, flexibility, and scalability. The comprehensive analysis shows that QNEX is the best technical solution for a smart campus.

5.1 Smart Campus, the First is for safety

The Pew Research Center, which surveyed about 2,500 U.S. teachers from Oct. 17 to Nov. 14, found that more than half were “somewhat concerned” about the possibility of a shooting at their school, including 18 percent who were “extremely or very concerned” about a shooting. In addition, a survey released recently shows that more than half of U.S. teachers worry about campus safety every day they go to work. In addition to the level of education, the level of protection on campus is also an important visiting card of a university.

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5.1.1 Remote Monitoring and Control for Campus Facility Management

The Q-NEX Smart School solution works well with the Q-NEX console. This is a web-based platform designed for I.T. administrators. In the process of use, the administrator can experience the silky operation at any time.

Administrators can use the Q-NEX console to optimize resource usage and ensure availability through remote monitoring and control capabilities. As if using a magic wand, remote tracking of campus electronic devices can be implemented with one click on the QNEX centralized and remote control platform. If improving campus energy efficiency is also one of the KPI indicators for I.T. administrators, then this will become the best tool to assist administrators in their career development.

Of course, the QNEX integration also has a centralized center to manage shared resources, such as audio-visual equipment and light, which helps to enhance resource allocation and data tracking.

5.1.2 Responsive Alarm Systems for Campus Security Emergencies

In our QNEX view, technology is of great help to campus security. However, QNEX does not directly regulate and govern criminal and high-level behavior that is harmful to public announcement security.

However, using cutting-edge sensing technology, QNEX smart Campus alert devices continuously monitor campus security. When an abnormal situation occurs, the QNEX system immediately sends out an alarm and notifies the relevant personnel through intelligent notifications to ensure timely response and maintain the internal safety of the campus here.

In addition, the smart campus integrates Q-NEX’s advanced intrusion detection capabilities, leveraging state-of-the-art sensors and monitoring technology to alert security personnel to unauthorized access or suspicious activity immediately. In an emergency, individuals can also activate the emergency button, which can immediately send a distress signal like the signal of the beacon tower to ensure that the campus security personnel can respond quickly.

5.2 Intelligent Temperature Regulation for Campus Buildings

If you are a university teacher, you must have heard many students complain about the bad climate. For example, it is too hot to get into the study mind or too cold to concentrate more on learning. In most cases, the comfort of the climate cannot prevent a student who wants to acquire knowledge from engaging in learning. To create a better school environment and win the favor of students, a comfortable and pleasant teaching and learning environment is also very important.

5.2.1 Heating Control System

QNEX Intelligent heating management system can monitor and manage heating adjustments based on factors such as time, temperature changes, and specific classroom or area requirements, and network-based remote control intelligent heating control can monitor and manage heating adjustments based on factors such as time, temperature changes and specific classroom or area requirements. It not only ensures comfortable classroom temperature regulation but also optimizes the heating cost of the campus.

5.2.2 Climate Control System

In China, data from 14 million gaokao exams showed that on hot days with temperatures above 82.5 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius), candidates scored 6 percent lower than those who took the exam in optimal temperatures.

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According to scientific research on cognitive psychology, ventilation, cooling, and air conditioning can positively affect children’s cognitive performance at school. nd the improvement of ventilation rate in air-conditioned classrooms has a greater positive effect on children’s mental performance. Therefore, a good campus climate environment is the basic condition for students to learn with high quality. Room temperature, humidity, lighting, noise, and so on will directly affect students ‘attention, concentration, and learning efficiency. Optimizing the campus climate environment is helpful to create a comfortable and healthy learning atmosphere.

The QNEX intelligent climate control system is designed from two aspects: one is for people’s satisfaction and happiness. nd the other is to plan from the perspective of energy saving and sustainability. So, create a green and beautiful campus collaborative linkage system.

5.3 Integrated Audio-Visual Solution for Enhanced Campus Communication

The university campus area is large, generally thousands of acres, and some universities have multiple branch schools and campuses. University campuses are divided into different functional partitions, and other scenarios have different communication requirements. Therefore, QNEX multimedia distribution uses network communication based on Internet of Things technology.

5.4 IoT-Based Infrastructure for Smart Campus Connectivity

The Internet of Things has been gradually applied in teaching and research, campus life, energy-saving security, and other aspects of smart campus. Such as teaching and research laboratory management, book recognition and borrowing, campus life card, attendance management, water and electricity automatic billing, energy-saving security of intelligent lighting, smart sockets, and other scenes. Different from the traditional terminal to the human network, the QNEX Network system realizes intelligent identification, positioning, tracking, monitoring. And management between people and things, and between things, which can reflect the “intelligent” characteristics of a smart campus.

However, how to efficiently, reliably, completely, and intelligently carry out information sensing, perception, and processing in the ubiquitous network is the core issue of the Internet of Things, and this is where our QNEX will continue to upgrade and optimize.

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The wide application of intelligent technology in smart education will completely change the level of education. Through the realization of information sharing, data integration, business collaboration, and thoughtful services to promote the change of the overall operation process of education. And build a flexible, open, lifelong, personalized educational, ecological system. Therefore, we should pay close attention to the problems and challenges technology poses to education.

If you are also optimistic about the future of smart campus with a positive and prudent attitude, you can click here to contact us. We will provide you with more detailed and customized technology campus solutions to promote the smooth development of smart education on your university campus.

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