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Singapore Polytechnic partners Cisco, NCS to create Smart Campus

Zafirah Salim | Jan. 20, 2016
The Smart Campus initiative will be driven by three key pillars: Smart Education, Smart Networks and Smart Energy.

Singapore Polytechnic (SP) has announced its partnership with Cisco and NCS to work on leveraging technology to cultivate a holistic smart campus that will benefit academia, operational and administrative staff, students and visitors.

It aims to achieve digital transformation through the use of sensors, devices, networks and data to deliver innovative services that will boost teaching, learning and operational efficiency. The digitalisation of the campus will also make possible the highly secure collection, analysis and evaluation of rich data to provide insights and intelligence that will help SP to fine-tune its service offerings.

On this note, the three entities will explore best practices in data design and management to develop a data architecture plan for the polytechnic. In addition, various data sets made available through the collaboration will also be aggregated and supplied by Cisco and SP to NCS' IntelliSURF for future big data analysis projects.

Three key pillars to building a Smart Campus

According to a joint media statement, the Smart Campus initiative will be driven by three key pillars: Smart Education, Smart Networks and Smart Energy.

One new digital service under the Smart Education pillar is the 'flipped classroom' approach, whereby students can view short video lectures from a cloud drive prior to their classes. This new approach gives lecturers more time to go in-depth into the lessons. Lecturers can also tap on learning analytics services and tools to customise their teaching plans and provide help for students.

Another feature involves the usage of devices with augmented reality capabilities during lessons. With these devices, aircraft engine models and building designs can be created and visualised in 3D to offer students an immersive learning experience.

Under Smart Networks, students and staff will be able to utilise location-based awareness tools to aid indoor navigation - from classrooms, to theatres and labs - as well as to locate less-crowded library, study spaces, and dining areas to enhance their time on campus.

With the introduction of new sensors and devices, SP will also have access to a rich database of information for new initiatives. Insights gained from the network have the potential to make facilities management more efficient - for instance, the cleaning times of common areas and heat maps of study areas such as libraries - enabling both staff and students to work and study more productively.

 Lastly, for Smart Energy; instead of dedicating personnel and resources staff and money to manage separate, proprietary environmental and building control systems for each building or campus, schools can manage all these functions via sensors and monitoring from a central location with a single staff. Facilities management can take advantage of network intelligence and school policy to identify the least-cost resolution to maintenance issues, reduce redundant operations at each facility, and work more collaboratively and efficiently.  


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