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Universities Are Primed to Capitalize on the IoT's Transformative Potential
As colleges strive to attract the best students, they must provide an autonomous experience that is intuitive, personalized and connected; the Internet of Things can help.
An IoT platform that is open, scalable and interoperable with different systems can help in addressing these challenges and controlling security breaches. The University of San Francisco has worked with Cisco to put in place an intelligent facial-recognition system that can aid in effectively tracking multiple human faces in an uncontrolled environment across non-overlapping cameras. This is known as facial recognition in a crowd, which enables comparisons against a comprehensive student database to determine who is not authorized to be there. Such an interoperable IoT solution allows the university to push out rich data into the field, to command centers and to anyone else who is using a tablet or a smartphone and needs to be informed about unauthorized access or entry.
Facilitating Autonomy for Intuitive Student Experience
An IoT-powered indoor navigation system can help students map their paths to dorms, student centers, hospitals and libraries, in order to make life a tad easier for them. In addition, the ubiquity of smartphones and watches provides several possibilities for universities to integrate such devices into the ecosystem to provide their students with rich and contextual data about upcoming lectures, student performance, health statistics or lunch options available at the cafeteria.
IoT Enables Universities to Tap Into Their Reservoir of Data
The University of Southern California has already made strides in this direction by using an IoT network of devices and sensors to assess the cognitive engagement and emotions of its students. The data extracted would be married with more traditional assessments to enable timely interventions by teachers, who would now know exactly what kind of help their students need, and when.
Connecting the Dots Across the IoT Ecosystem
Viswanath Subramaniam is the director and enterprise domain head at Happiest Minds. Vish, as he is popularly known, is the company's EduTech domain head and is closely invested in the education space. Having worked in the education industry, Vish has a deep understanding of how institutions are looking to use technology as a key enabler in facilitating better learning experiences. At Happiest Minds, Vish works with some of the largest e-learning and publishing companies across the world to help them leverage the latest technologies in creating better learning experiences.
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