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A lesson in IoT and education

22nd June 2017

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Outdoor lighting infrastructure can be a physical enabler to less tangiable technologies, such as IoT solutions, in smart cities and this is increasingly useful when it comes to education. From data governence to safe sharing, the lampoost has the potential to provide a secure network for students and teachers alike. 

Security monitoring

Security can be further optimised by lampposts not only by way of the physical protection and reassurance a light in a dark or quiet area can give, but also for the vulnerable data that is available from the many devices housed in schools and universities.

Smart systems can be built that use a singular cloud network, accessed only by an authorised log in from staff or students. This network can be strengthened by installing Hotspots within the many nearby lampposts dotted around a campus. The advantage here is twofold; students benefit from a secure and constant network to encourage flexible learning anywhere throughout campus and, because this data is stored on a secure network with restricted access, students and staff can benefit from a safe and central drive that stores work.

Data gathering and governance

The advantage schools have within a Smart City, or a connected community, is that city leaders are afforded with the ability to understand their citizens more and, in turn, build an optimised experience. The impact this can have on education as whole is huge.

Being able to monitor student activity and other variables is vital in order to truly understand the applications needed to both protect those in education and help them further progress. The data smart technologies generate is abundant but often abandoned when it comes to pinning down the true value such information holds.

From intel on foot traffic patterns throughout the day, to more insight into buying habits and website preferences of students, schools and universities can gather ‘academic analytics’ to become more in tune with their student body and provide a better service to key user groups.

With lampposts often centrally in place throughout university sites and larger school venues, a great deal of data can be gathered to meet the specific requirements of academic bodies. Sensors can monitor noise levels to produce reports on places of low or high popularity, where IP address tracking can determine the resources students use in order to gain information for their studies; all technologies that can be housed in the existing infrastructure of a street light or lamp post.

Find out more about the importance of smart city and data privacy,  here




Source: ‘Academic analytics’ -




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