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Cisco Connected Education: Campuswide innovation for students and faculty

October 17, 2017

Cisco Connected Education: Campuswide innovation for students and faculty

Update campus networks faster with DNA for education

Today’s campuses are bustling with research and learning, and students and faculty are constantly connecting and collaborating. Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA) is a software-driven platform that serves as the networking foundation of more than 30,000 schools and universities. DNA is constantly learning, adapting and protecting the network, delivering faster innovation with actionable insights, lowering costs via network automation and reducing risks with security everywhere, laying the foundation for digital transformation on your campus.

Through policy-based automation, Cisco partners can deploy and manage services across hundreds of devices and sites, meeting a university’s academic and research needs consistently. Through virtualization, partners can deliver a more dynamic network that can easily provision, expand and reallocate services quickly across different hardware platforms.

Utilizing the network’s intelligence, administrators can better understand patterns related to users, applications, and devices, improving operational efficiencies like lighting, room utilization and waste removal on campus.

Accelerate innovation

The rapid growth of devices, apps and data are contributing to the changing educational landscape, too. Cisco Data Center Solutions are powering better user experiences for students, administrators and researchers across campuses worldwide. A simple, automated and secure data center equips students to learn effectively using their own devices (i.e., BYOD) and virtual desktop technologies. School IT departments can embrace hybrid IT environments, giving them a mix of cloud and on-premises solutions to gain the best security, agility, scalability and security. University researchers can operate high-performance computing (HPC) systems and analyze big data sets built on Cisco UCS (Unified Computing System).

Deliver personalized location-based experiences

Retail isn’t the only industry that’s interested in analyzing visitor behavior, universities have similar interests. With Cisco Connected Mobile Experience (CMX), universities can detect (locate Wi-Fi devices), connect (using zone-based, SMS or social authorizations) and engage (app-based mobile engagement) users and provide context-based in-venue experiences. Deakin University’s smart campus strategy, for example, uses Cisco CMX’s Wi-Fi proximity location services to provide students with location services, including location context. For example, when a student enters the campus, they can immediately see on their mobile device whether their favorite area of the university is busy or not. The university also is using the location-based data information to gauge occupancy of its buildings and it can be used to prioritize maintenance and expansion projects.

To learn more about the connected campus, join Ingram Micro for a one-hour, instructor-led virtual event, “Cisco Wireless Solutions for Education,” on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. Eastern. Learn how Cisco is enhancing the learning experience with CMX and wireless engagement. The session will include selling points on CMX, 802.11ac Wave 2 access points and how to choose between Cisco and Meraki access points to maximize educators’ abilities.