According to Deloitte, a smart campus leverages innovative next-gen technologies to create a digitally connected campus. By enabling a connected campus, schools can significantly improve their ability to deliver accessible, safe and reliable experiences. For example, students can use smart campus solutions to access Wi-Fi on buses, travel more safely and efficiently to and from school, use contactless payment for campus purchases and even digitally reserve specific resources if they choose.
Schools can also tap Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to improve safety and security. For example, the IoT can enable timely emergency notifications, improve security cameras and enhance access control to buildings. Social media monitoring tools can also help administrators analyze campus sentiment and identify potential instances of bullying. All of these solutions can improve campus safety and security for students, teachers and staff while better managing the risk that a potential incident might pose to the school's reputation.
A connected campus can also be a more energy-efficient campus, which matters to students and prospective students for whom sustainability is top of mind. Schools can use IoT technologies to enable smart buildings that help to minimize energy consumption, anticipate faults and minor incidents, and support a more comfortable environment for students, faculty and staff. Administrators can use the cost savings from these initiatives to pursue more improvements that benefit the school community.