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The Internet of Things (IoT) aims to improve several aspects of society through data collection, connectivity, data analysis and modeling and leveraging the advanced technologies, which change the way we live and work.
According to Cisco, the number of connected devices is expected to be around 500 billion by 2025. These IoT connected devices can interact with people and environment for innovative services, ranging from autonomous transportation to smart campus.
A smart campus links connected devices, infrastructure, applications and people to make a university campus as a platform for innovation with opportunities for enabling new experience, services and improving operational efficiency. This interaction will make a university campus smarter when IoT and artificial intelligence (AI) come together for deriving the knowledge from IoT data. This result in elevating user experiences to an unprecedented new level. For example, the students, researchers, staff and visitors can benefit from location-aware and context-aware services for using campus equipment and collaboration services.
Smart campus modeling, design, implementation and testing can improve three important aspects of campus life i.e., experience, efficiency, and education. The project is divided into the following solutions for improving socioecological aspects of surrounding communities: building management systems e.g. the indoor climate, lighting and greenhouse monitoring system, energy management system and sustainability, automation and awareness e.g. facilities automation, occupancy analytics, emergency evacuation and notifications, mobility and smart parking, enhanced learning experience e.g. IoT flipped classroom, and security research and development.
The objectives in this project are the following:
- to integrate enhanced research and education activities within smart campus e.g. IoT, data science, sensors and wireless sensor networks, connectivity, etc.
- to improve student experience and researcher outcomes by participating in various projects within smart campus and test different services and experiments.
- to develop collaboration with industries for internship, training, exchange of knowledge and co-creation of projects.
- to develop collaboration with public sectors for best practices and recommendations to deploy smart campus capabilities.
- to develop collaboration with other universities for cross-regional research partnership.
- to make data or metadata collected in various projects publicly available for open collaborative innovation.