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Innovating Campus Life: The Smart Campus Project

Smart Campus aims to harness the collective power of Smart City technologies to create a more connected, efficient, and sustainable campus environment. Today, we will focus on the smart campus case of the Technical University of Madrid, and explore QNEX smart campus technology to gain a deeper understanding of this advanced form of information technology transformation.

1. Preliminary Understanding of Smart Campus

Looking back at the process of information technology development in universities, we can find that from office automation in universities to the current intelligent transformation, the updating and replacement of information technology is accompanied by the updating of the stage of information technology development in universities.

As a product of the deep integration of technology and education. In this section, we will explore the essence of Smart Campus from multiple perspectives.

1.1 The Genesis of Smart Campus

Our journey began with a shared passion for urban innovation and a challenge—the Ted hack contest. Our team, “Smart Campus,” decided to tackle this challenge head-on by developing an application designed to foster new ideas in Smart City sciences, specifically tailored to our campus.

Under the guidance of Professor Manuel Alvarez Campana, we embarked on creating a platform for Smart City projects. Our goal was simple yet ambitious: to better understand how cities operate by measuring, analyzing, and improving their functions.

1.2 Definition of Smart Campus

From the perspective of education, a smart campus is a form of utilizing information technology

Art provides teachers and students with an open learning environment, a living environment, and a rich and colorful campus culture. From a management perspective, a smart campus is a collaborative process, and the smooth progress of this process depends on the joint action of different mechanisms.

1.3 The Best Practice of Smart Campus Projects

Q-NEX brand is based on the development of information and communication engineering technology, using information and communication technology to build a comprehensive service platform, providing intelligent services for many international campuses, covering K12 educational institutions and higher education campuses like BPP University. Through the intelligent system design of the system, teachers and students can quickly and comprehensively grasp teaching information, achieve data resource sharing, and bring a convenient and intelligent campus to their teaching and life.

2. The Backbone of Smart Campus System: Sensors Galore

At the heart of innovative campus projects are two main types of sensors: environmental sensors and Wi-Fi device detectors.

These sensors are crucial for gathering the data we need to analyze the campus’s dynamics. With technologies such as Intel’s Galileo and Edison devices, Raspberry Pi, and various sensor matrices, we’ve built a robust system capable of providing real-time insights into campus life. Our smart system collects a wide range of data as follows:

2.1 Environmental Variables

Temperature, humidity, light, and noise levels are continuously monitored to ensure a comfortable and sustainable campus environment.

In the environment regulation, the integrated multi-functional intelligent control system Q-NEX Touch Control Panel can first realize the power control of all kinds of equipment in the classroom, users can easily switch the power of projectors, computers, audio, and other equipment remotely, without one operation.

At the same time, the Q-NEX Touch Operated Panel has a video matrix switching function, which can flexibly switch different video signal sources and display devices to ensure seamless screen switching and a smooth and natural viewing experience. In addition to the control of audio and video equipment, administrators can also perfectly manage the air conditioning system in the classroom through the smart panel. And remote control of the air conditioning switch, temperature mode, and other parameters, adjust the room temperature at any time, to create an ideal learning and working environment.

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2.2 Wi-Fi Tracking

Wi-Fi location tracking, also known as Wi-Fi Positioning System (WPS). It is the technical form after the global positioning system has been deeply developed. Instead of relying on satellites, Wi-Fi location tracking uses Wi-Fi routers and smart devices (Wi-Fi access points) to locate your phone, tablet, or laptop. Therefore, it is more accurate than GPS in positioning.

By detecting Wi-Fi devices, we can understand foot traffic patterns, room occupancy, and how long people stay in a particular area.

This wealth of data is visualized on our project website, offering both a general overview and detailed analytics.

3. Navigating the Smart Campus Website

The heart of our project is the website, where users can interact with the collected data in real-time.

3.1 The Homepage

Features a map (currently a mock-up) showcasing sensor distribution and key measurements such as temperature and Wi-Fi activity in different campus areas.

3.2 Detailed Analytics

A deeper dive into 24-hour data trends for both environmental conditions and Wi-Fi device tracking.

For advanced users, a private section offers in-depth insights into sensor statuses, specific data points for each sensor, and complex data visualizations, such as the 24-hour evolution of Wi-Fi activity in the library.

4. Envisioning the Future

The vision of the Technical University of Madrid Advanced Learning Environment Project and Q-NEX Smart Education Solution extends beyond mere data collection. We aim to refine campus operations, enhance student life, and pave the way for a more interconnected and intelligent urban space. By granting different user privileges, we hope to engage the campus community in our journey, fostering a culture of innovation and collaboration.

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5. Wrapping Up: A Call to Innovate

As we continue to refine our system and expand its capabilities, we invite you to join us in reimagining the future of urban living. The Smart Campus project represents just the beginning of our journey toward smarter cities and campuses.

The traditional campus mode has certain shortcomings in teaching, experimentation, practice, and service processes, which restrict the effectiveness of personalized learning and teaching services on campus. Innovative smart campus solutions like this based on next-generation technology can enhance students’ situational experience, comprehensively perceive the teaching physical environment, and promote the goal of personalized campus services.

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