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Smart technology is changing the nature of buildings worldwide, and we are starting to see the benefits of these developments in our homes and workplaces. The further education sector also stands to reap huge rewards by embracing this new technology.
We’re all aware of ways that digital enablement has transformed teaching methods and student experiences in recent times. Teachers and students now regularly make use of online learning and a host of IT enabled resources. Online communication between colleges, teachers, and students is, or should be, seamless and efficient. The next challenge is to digitally transform the physical spaces to meet the ever-evolving needs of the users.
Real estate is the second largest cost in further education after staffing, accounting for around 20% of the operating budget. With so much invested in this asset, colleges obviously want to maximise their real estate potential.
Colleges are not always the comfortable, well organised environments they could be. Issues with temperature control, ventilation, and lighting, can all affect how well students learn. Spaces are sometimes used inefficiently, with some areas being over used while other areas are neglected. The space that best suits the activity taking place may not be available, either because it’s already booked, or not ready to use. Time can be wasted trying to find suitable places to work, and learning outcomes potentially negatively affected by needless inconvenience.
We are seeing an emergence of workplace analytics, which when combined with the latest Internet of Things (IoT) networking, has the potential to revolutionise the way colleges work.
IoT provides an abundance of networked sensors and control systems, all securely connected to the college network. The sensors supply continuous data for real time analysis, which is used to provide accurate building control. Intuitive benefits include easy to find study spaces, responsive lighting and climate control, and a safer learning environment.
Controls can be immediately responsive, i.e. lights that turn off automatically when an area is not used, or planned to fit into timetabled events. The way physical space is used can be reviewed and adapted at any time, supported by the ongoing analytics.
By creating smart and flexible learning environments, colleges can improve staff and students’ relationship with their environment. This has clear benefits in terms of enabling productivity and supporting wellbeing, while also reducing operational costs. The result is a digitally transformed and efficient estate, ready for the current and next generation of students and staff.
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