The Impact of IoT in Education
Yet another field that’s soon to be transformed by IoT technology is education. Education departments and universities are looking for ways to grow in safety, efficiency, and environmental responsibility. Schools at any level of education can use RFID chips and other similar tech on school building doors, computers, heating and cooling units, student IDs, and more. By connecting these objects to a centralized system, vital data can transform how a school operates.
Especially for teachers with larger classes or professors who teach in vast lecture halls, taking attendance is a lengthy process, taking up valuable minutes that could be used for teaching. And it leaves room for clerical errors, which impact students’ records. With IoT-enabled classroom doors and smart ID cards, there are now ways to automate attendance. Now it’s possible to make attendance a painless and accurate process.
Other combinations of geofences and smart ID cards can make campuses safer. For instance, doors on school buildings can be programmed to only let authorized students, faculty, or staff into buildings and classrooms. And, in the event that an armed threat appears on campus, gunshot sound detecting combined with automatic door locks and audio alerts can save lives.
At any level of education, school buildings are responsible for creating safe comfortable environments for students to learn. Heating and cooling levels, lighting, etc. are a big part of this. Connecting these amenities to the Internet of Things can make this process expend few resources, saving money and the environment.
More and more schools are making this investment in connected utilities and seeing the benefits. When leadership can plan budgets accurately based on smart energy consumption reporting, they can save hundreds of thousands. For example, New Richmond schools (Tipp City, OH), have been able to save $128,000 each year with a web-based system connected to their buildings’ mechanical equipment.
And utilities aren’t the only source of waste in schools; paper is also a serious offender. The average school spends about $200,000 on paper alone each year. Smart schools, enabled by connected student devices can reduce or completely cut out that cost.
It’s stating the obvious to say that students are more connected to the internet than ever before, especially with the rise of remote learning. Now that remote testing, grading, homework, paper writing, and more are established and some remote school activities will remain in place in the coming years, schools will need to adapt with more connected solutions.