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IoT in Education 101: making campuses and students smarter

June 14, 2022

IoT in Education 101: making campuses and students smarter
Perhaps if Pink Floyd had a smart whiteboard to keep them engaged and an extended reality headset display that brought 2D images into immersive 3D, they wouldn’t have been so opposed to teachers and education or felt like just another brick in the wall.
 
School is back in session, but the way learning takes place now is anything but textbook. As campuses re-open coming out of the pandemic, there is a big opportunity to re-think best practices for how these facilities operate with regards to student safety, learning outcomes, environmental efficiency and much more.
 
IoT in education uses connected devices to bring solutions to these categories on a mass scale, with the flexibility to fit any public or private institution.
 
The IoT education market is growing
 
It’s clear there’s a vital need for IoT technologies to create standardized and modernized school safety and operational protocols as campuses adapt to a new normal. This demand will continue to drive significant growth in the IoT education market with a predicted CAGR of 14.22% for the 2021-2028 forecast period, increasing from USD 6.01 billion currently to USD 17.42 billion at the end of the period.
 
How IoT solutions are transforming education
 
Behind the scenes, schools need to protect students, employees and their critical infrastructure against multiple modern threats, from ransomware attacks—which have forced universities to shut down—to physical attacks.
 
IoT can ensure students and staff are returning to a safe learning environment with connected tools like smart cameras, gunshot detection sensors, air quality sensors and contact tracing via smart badges.
 
IoT can also strengthen the security and visibility of IT networks with cloud-enabled data center management, network node status monitoring and automated equipment analysis. By creating an accurate map of every node in the power chain, smart meters can easily identify and free up over-provisioned capacity and offer other data-driven improvements that optimize and extend power capacity in education environments, down to individual segments of the building.
 
Inside the classroom, smart whiteboards can replace dusty chalkboards with interactive presentations that keep students engaged. VR headsets can augment the learning content by translating 2D images into 3D models that students can manipulate with their hands and comprehend more intuitively.
 
Need more places to study? With desk occupancy sensors, students can quickly check meeting room availability in real-time and remotely book open spaces, while digital wayfinding signage can lead them there through their phone.
 
For those off-campus, remote IoT solutions make connecting 1:1 with an expert or joining a virtual classroom an effective and accessible alterative. Extended reality replicates the experience of being physically present with an instructor and classmates using lifelike avatars that mimic natural movements and gestures. Wave hello to the future.
 
Pop quiz: what are the top 6 benefits of IoT in education?
 
As the needs of distance learning and maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment evolve, it’s clear IoT will be needed to enable schools to adapt. Here are six major benefits your customers should know about:
 
  • Reduce costs: automated equipment health monitoring and analysis prevents unexpected breakdowns, immediately identifies faults and allocates maintenance resources more efficiently with a lower mean time to repair
  • Conserve energy: smart energy metering identifies and frees up over-provisioned capacity with insights driven by data analysis
  • Increase health and safety: smart cameras detect criminal behavior while smart sensors monitor air quality, space utilization, personnel tracking, gunshot detection and more
  • Improve learning outcomes: immersive and interactive technologies bring curriculum to life in 3D for better comprehension
  • Strengthen cybersecurity: data center management protects schools against costly ransomware attacks with up-to-date and integrated networks
  • Increase productivity: providing common platforms to connect students, teachers and staff allows them to work together more quickly and meaningfully
 
Why choose Ingram Micro and IoT?
 
We help businesses imagine what’s possible. Ingram Micro offers partners the expertise and comprehensive portfolio of resources, training and workshops to successfully bring IoT in education technologies to market. Chat with our team of solution specialists to learn more about how we can start your customers’ digital transformation.