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The Internet of Things goes to school

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  • It appears research universities are a great place to test Internet of Things (IoT) deployments.
  • Gordon Wishon, CIO of Arizona State University, explained the reasoning to Campus Technology this way: – – “The enterprise of a large research university has some component of every industry vertical in the larger world around us.
  • Last year University Business described a number of on-campus IoT applications, ranging from campus washing machines texting students when their clothes are ready (something similar is already in use at SUNY Binghampton) to aggregating data from wearable devices to track student traffic patterns in order to plan sidewalk construction.
  • Finally, the 2017 NMC Horizons Report for Higher Education (pdf) notes that while “applications of IoT have potential to enhance many aspects of campus life, including safety and efficiency,” the technology also offers opportunities to enhance learning and student welfare.
  • Put it all together, and it’s clear that IoT is finding an accepting home in college and university campuses.

University campuses are a popular proving ground for IoT deployments, ranging from campus lifestyle to classroom environments.

It appears research universities are a great place to test Internet of Things (IoT) deployments. That’s because they often comprise a microcosm of a wide variety of organizational and technical environments.

Gordon Wishon, CIO of Arizona State University, explained the reasoning to Campus Technology this way:

“The enterprise of a large research university has some component of every industry vertical in the larger world around us. We not only support academic and research operations, but also very large business enterprises with retail operations, transportation, healthcare, ticketing, supply chain.”

And IoT on campus isn’t just an academic exercise. ASU’s Sun Devil Stadium, for example, uses sensors connected to Wi-Fi and cellular networks to monitor everything from temperature and humidity to leaky faucets and noise levels (think cheering contests). And the school is apparently working on tracking parking availability and concession/restroom wait times and making the information available to mobile phone users.

“We built the backend infrastructure to support those proofs of concept,” Wishon told Campus Technology. “We have been working with industry partners such as Intel and investing in the infrastructure we think we will need to support the broader deployment of IoT technologies.”

Of course, ASU is hardly the only school diving into IoT. Last year University Business described a number of on-campus IoT applications, ranging from campus washing machines texting students when their clothes…

The Internet of Things goes to school