Exploring the use of the Internet of Things and Smart City technologies to open up our campus sites, enable greater connection with our communities, and optimise the use of our physical assets
Using innovative technology so our physical spaces embody and showcase our mission and values
Point of View
Expectations of a university campus today are markedly different to historically. Ease of interaction with social groups and access to services such as wi-fi, food, technology and support are seen as fundamental needs, but the provision of these services is expected to be in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner.
Universities are increasingly relying on smart campus technologies to provide the opportunity for operational efficiencies in the delivery of services and enhanced experiences, but also to address key areas of university life - learning, living, and safety and security.
As we progress further into the 21st century, smart technologies are becoming more prevalent in every facet of university life, and leading universities are embracing and incorporating them further to achieve their goals.
What does the future look like?
- The real and virtual worlds blend in our physical spaces, with technology augmenting the senses of our University community and visitors, making it simpler and more efficient for them to interact with each other and our campus services. Our campuses showcase and communicate our innovative and progressive mindset, and demonstrate our commitment to sustainable campus management and reducing our environmental footprint.
- We acknowledge our connection to the Kaurna people as the custodians of the land we stand on, and we ensure that their history is clearly incorporated in our physical spaces through technologies such as augmented and virtual reality and electronic signage.
- Technologies allow visitors to access information in their own languages, experience the University in a virtual world, and gain rich insights into our history.
- Wayfinding and mobility-enhancing technologies provide greater accessibility and enhanced ability to navigate in and around our campuses for visiting academics and researchers, and the general public.
- Our technologically-augmented physical spaces encourage both academic and social connectivity, blurring the lines between peoples’ personal, professional and academic lives.
- We continue to focus on the safety of our students, researchers, staff and visitors, leveraging technologies to provide greater visibility of how spaces are being utilised and the movement of people through our campuses.
- We use smart technologies and sensing to optimise the operation and maintenance of our physical assets, continually improving our ability to monitor the energy, water and overall resource utilisation and consumption of our facilities. We use analytics on current and future demand to ensure they are met. There is an ongoing focus on operational efficiencies and cost reduction through more effective, sustainable and responsible use of our assets, consumables and spaces.
“As a university we are almost 150 years old, but the land we stand on and its custodians have a much longer history. We celebrate this through engagement and experience enhancing technologies in our physical structures and locations.”
“We are continuing to build the university’s reputation as an innovative and responsible organisation by exploring the use of technologies and innovation to minimise our impact on the environment and increase sustainability.”
“We show our innovative and inquisitive approach by embedding technology in the fabric of our physical campuses and locations.”