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Facens Improves Its Smart Campus via RFID, Internet of Things
The university is training leaders to solve problems in a collaborative way, and to generate products and services of added value to society.
The House Facens lighting system, for example, contains sensors that make energy consumption more efficient and reduce waste, as the sensors respond to the environment by providing light only at required levels. Additionally, technology can adjust the temperature of shower water depending on the humidity of the air, thereby reducing energy consumption.
House Facens is a project that is studying low-cost technological innovations for sustainability and scalability that can be replicable and fundable. The solution conceived is simple and easy to replicate, Facens reports, and offers modular panels that families can use in building their homes.
Facens has entered into an agreement with Sinctronics, an innovation center dedicated to "green" IT efforts, located a few kilometers from the Facens facility. Through the agreement, electronic materials discarded by Facens will be sent to Sinctronics for disassembly and recycling.
FabLab Facens was the first Facens project to utilize the Maker movement and the concept of digital prototyping. FabLab was developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and is present at more than 600 networked sites throughout 60 countries. Each FabLab brings together features for the digital fabrication of prototypes, including specific electronic tools. Among the equipment available are 3D printers, laser-cutting machine, CNC milling machines and more. The lab employs a manager (known as the Fab Lab Manager), as well as several Fab Gurus (technicians who are experts in prototyping, machines, software and processes).
In 2016, the Smart Campus project at the Sorocaba Engineering School received the 19th Automation Award in the education category. The award is given annually to companies that show improved performance, in addition to those that have invested in innovative automated process projects, following GS1's standards.
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