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How IoT Technology Transforms Smart Campus and Beyond

In recent years, the IoT has been playing an increasingly important role in human social life by harnessing the power of connected devices, sensors, and powerful data analytics. IoT technologies enable universities to create innovative, efficient, and sustainable campus environments that enhance the overall experience for students, faculty, and staff. In this article, we will first explore some key information about the IoT and discover how technology is dramatically changing society from two best practices from the QNEX Smart Campus and Singapore’s Smart City case.

1. What is IoT Technology?

The core technology of IoT is to realize the whole process of information acquisition, transmission, storage, processing, and application.

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1.1 IoT’s Meaning

IoT is short for “the Internet of Things”. This technical term seems unintelligible, but we can simplify it to an ecological network of interconnected electronic information devices. From a more professional point of view, it refers to the network of objects embedded in software and various technologies, which are interconnected to exchange or provide data.

1.2 IoT Devices

Sensors connected through networks such as LoRaWAN, can handle a large number of devices and transmit data efficiently. This connection allows the collection of data on various campus resources, such as the library and cafeteria, which can be used to create management systems to facilitate students and faculty.

Moreover, LPWAN technologies, such as Lorawan and Sigfox in particular, can be integrated into smart campus systems to optimize resource management and provide efficient services.

1.3 Benefits of IoT Technology

To realize the real-time interactive perception of information between person and person, person and thing, object and thing. The IoT can connect the real world in addition to the items in the real world, but also the real world and the virtual world, effectively supporting human-computer interaction, character interaction, and social interaction between people.

2. Smart Campus Construction

We found that the construction of an intelligent campus ushered in three gratified changes. First, the school demands diversified development, and many schools are actively practicing smart campus technology. From blended teaching to group learning. The application scenarios with demand for smart education technology are becoming more and more in-depth. Second, the penetration rate of campus intelligence has been improved to different degrees. Third, the market supply of school construction systems is becoming more and more abundant. At the same time, it strives to realize intelligence based on fundamentals. However, the penetration rate of campus intelligent construction is still not high. But the active deployment of IoT technology can effectively change these difficulties.

2.1 Integrated Building Systems

Building automation system (BAS) is a comprehensive system. It integrates heating, ventilation air conditioning (HVAC), electricity, lighting, security, and fire protection into one.

With the characteristics of its automatic regulation, BAS creates a stable and comfortable indoor environment for the building interior. And significantly improves the efficiency of energy use.

QNEX’s smart campus solution seamlessly integrates various building systems and integrates infrastructure, ubiquitous networking, data analytics, public services, and smart applications. By unifying these systems, the platform optimizes energy efficiency, enhances facility management, and promotes a safer and more comfortable campus environment.

2.2 Digital Infrastructure and Connectivity

QNEX Smart Campus is a robust and reliable digital infrastructure that provides high-speed connectivity and enables the integration of a wide range of IoT devices, smart sensors, and communication systems.

It can break through information barriers to realize interconnection, promote cross-departmental heterogeneous data fusion, and realize the intensification of school resources, data capitalization, and business collaboration.

2.3 Sustainability and Energy Optimization

QNEX smart campus solution is designed with a strong focus on sustainability and energy efficiency. By integrating smart energy management systems, renewable energy, and advanced analytics. It can effectively monitor the campus electricity, water, heat, cold, and main energy consumption equipment, and use the data for operation management, diagnosis, and transformation.

2.4 Security and Data Privacy

In the intelligent video surveillance system, administrators can obtain massive data information through sensors, sensor gateway technology, RFID radio frequency identification technology, and so on.

QNEX has embedded strong cybersecurity measures in its smart campus platform.

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This includes access control, encryption, vulnerability management, and proactive threat detection, ensuring the protection of sensitive campus data and systems. It provides a favorable guarantee for an intelligent, safe, and time-efficient campus.

3. Intelligent Public Projects: Singapore Pilots Solar-Powered and 5G-Backed Outdoor Wi-Fi

Singapore has taken a significant step forward in enhancing campus connectivity by launching its first outdoor Wi-Fi system powered by solar energy and supported by 5G backhaul. This innovative initiative not only boosts wireless internet coverage across the campus but also aligns with eco-friendly values, paving the way for a smarter, sustainable future.

3.1 Revolutionizing Connectivity with Solar Power and 5G

The deployment of two pilot units on the campus marks a pivotal shift towards sustainable technological solutions. These 100% self-sustainable Wi-Fi access points harness solar power and come equipped with innovative IoT technology to minimize power consumption.

3.1.1 Revolutionizing Campus Connectivity

The wireless nature of this solution eliminates the need for underground cabling, effectively cutting down deployment time by 50% compared to traditional methods requiring excavation.

3.1.2 Smarter, Faster, Greener

The broader implication of this deployment is substantial; it provides a scalable model for achieving extensive, reliable outdoor Wi-Fi coverage. This ensures that students and faculty have seamless internet access across the campus, facilitating a flexible learning and working environment.

3.2 Expanding the Horizon: Smart Facilities Management

The integration of 5G’s high-speed connectivity opens numerous new avenues for smart facilities management.

3.2.1 Powering the Campus of the Future

For instance, a pilot test utilizing StarHub’s 5G IoT platform has already borne fruit in the form of a smart hygiene monitoring system in toilets. This system tracks the levels of ammonia, hand sanitizer, soap, and toilet paper, which leads to quicker service responses and optimal resource use.

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3.2.2 Bridging the Digital Divide

Planned future phases aim to broaden the 5G applications to include drones and robots for security, building inspections, and cleaning tasks. This expansion will undoubtedly enhance operational efficiency and safety on campus.

3.3 Building a Smart, Interconnected Campus

The collaboration with the National University of Singapore (NUS) serves as a foundational step towards transforming the campus into a hub of smart technology.

3.3.1 From Cabling to Connectivity

By unifying various systems and harnessing data for agile decision-making, the initiative supports a digitally driven operational workflow. These improvements, secured through cloud technology and robust connectivity solutions, are setting a standard for campuses worldwide.

3.3.2 Elevating the Campus Experience

Moreover, the integration of technologies such as AR/VR offers immersive learning experiences, breaking traditional barriers and fostering an engaging educational environment. This approach not only enhances learning outcomes but also equips students with the skills needed in a digital-first world.

Conclusion

Whether it’s on campus or in a smart city practice. The implementation of IoT technologies has had a significant impact on the overall plan. The IoT enables the creation of an ecosystem capable of measuring, analyzing, and making data-driven decisions to improve energy efficiency, reduce environmental impact, improve comfort, and enhance safety. If you are interested in our QNEX Smart Campus solutions based on IoT technology, click here to contact us.

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