Tools and resources used in today’s schools should reflect the newest technologies and concepts in science and learning. However, many educational institutions continue operating with traditional facilities management processes in place. However, institutions of higher learning, universities, colleges, learning centers and more, are turning to the Internet of Things (IoT) in facilities management to break down barriers to effective teaching and curricula, and you need to understand how.
Students Learn Better in Open-Space Design Areas
This is just a fancy way of saying welcoming environments help students retain knowledge. Think about a typical library. It may appear closed off, but the foyer and mezzanine are key areas students utilize to study and complete coursework. Also, open spaces, such as open offices, encourage communication among educators, which increases employee satisfaction and resolve to teach the next generation of thinkers, explains Anne Cosgrove of Facility Executive.
For example, companies that deploy IoT-based smart building solutions can reduce the risk of fires, disasters and premature equipment failure, which may reflect some of the greatest risks to an underwriter. Thus, monitoring and reducing risk and costs through internet-connected sensors reduces risk and insurance premiums.
Funding for Educational Institutions Demands Savings Through Smart Building Solutions
Funding for public and post-secondary education is a hot topic throughout politics, but one trend seems to override all discussions. The funding is dwindling at an alarming rate. Schools are being forced to look for new ways to prevent crumbling infrastructure and save money. Fortunately, the Internet of Things can give these instructions real-world metrics that can reduce operating costs while ensuring students and faculty have a building built to last.
More Space Means More Enrolled Students
While hiring more educators is often a priority, the ability of a college or university to employee such educators is directly linked to its student population. When facilities have higher occupancy rates through open-design and smart facilities management systems, more students can be enrolled, asserts Tom Sens, AIA, LEED AP and Brad Johnson of Facility Executive. Furthermore, cloud-based systems eliminate risks associated with not acting on information gathered.
For example, a school implements a smart, IoT-enabled system to manage energy costs. If the data is collected and analyzed, it still requires changes made by employees. However, modern devices connected to the IoT can automatically perform adjustments to reduce costs seamlessly. Therefore, overhead decreases, pouring more financial resources into hiring, training and maintaining a larger workforce and area for learning.
Extend the Life-Expectancy of Buildings
The nation’s educational institutions are aging beyond repair with many structures built before 1975. However, implementing an effective IoT facilities management in education program can reverse this trend. New, high-tech buildings have longer life-expectancy than their predecessors, and for buildings already in existence, integrating IoT-based technologies can identify issues that require immediate intervention. This includes smart prioritization, completion of repair backlogs and more.
Smart Technologies Put Learning Back on Top
The IoT will continue to grow in its capacity as more devices come online and contribute to better decision-making capabilities. Moreover, facilities management in education will grow simpler, albeit through a more complex system. Think about it; if students are learning the newest technology and information, why shouldn’t the facilities management systems reflect the same trend?