Upgrade Your Campus with IoT Location Technology

The Internet of Things, or IoT, has quickly become a popular topic of conversation for those in the tech industry and outside of it. It’s an idea that not only has the potential to impact how we live but also how students work and experience campus. But what exactly is the IoT and what impact can it have on your campus, if any? What is IoT? IoT is simply the network of interconnected things or devices, which are embedded with sensors, software, network connectivity, and the necessary electronics to enable them to collect and exchange data, making them responsive. However, IoT is more than just a concept. Essentially, the IoT is an architectural framework which allows integration and data exchange between the physical world and computer systems over existing network infrastructure. Many people think of IoT as an independent technology; however, IoT is enabled by the presence of other independent technologies which make up the fundamental components of IoT. The fundamental components that make the Internet of Things a tangible reality are: Hardware →  Making physical objects responsive and giving them capability to retrieve data and respond to instructions Software →  Enabling the collection, storage, processing, instruction, and manipulation of data Communication infrastructure →  Communication infrastructure, which consists of protocols and technologies that enable two physical objects to exchange data By the end of 2020 it is expected that 26 billion devices will be part of Internet of Things- Gartner Report Basically, this is the concept of connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet. Why does your campus need it? In such a technologically advanced society, the rule for the future is going to be, “anything that can be connected, will be connected.” To keep up with the accelerated pace of technological innovation, and make your school more attractive to prospective students, you should have your campus fully upgraded with the latest IoT location technology. Managing a large multi-building campus, which may have multiple properties, is a difficult task. There are cost, and manpower challenges, which makes the campus even more difficult to maintain, poses security risks, and leads to a decrease in enrollment numbers. Mapsted Location Technology offers a long-term, cost effective location-based solution that creates a smart campus to help you effectively manage space efficiency, increase enrollment, and keep students, visitors, and staff safe. Upgrading your campus with IoT location technology will benefit anyone who associates with your campus. Mapsted Maps offers students, visitors, and faculty a searchable, interactive map that helps them plan and visualize their routes. The explore feature provides users with a directory to discover and explore points of interest on campus. The search feature allows for the search of specific destinations by keyword or category, using our intelligent search engine. And the wayfinding feature allows users to navigate the campus using our seamless indoor-outdoor wayfinding experience. Mapsted Location Platform If you’re a facilities manager or decision maker for your institution, the Mapsted Location Platform will help you better manage and customize individual services to meet specific business needs. Our Manage service provides you with control setting for various campus buildings. You can instantly change names of buildings, rooms, or areas on the map and you can even customize the different layers. If there is a maintenance issue on campus, you can easily add an icon to warn people to avoid that area. The Notify service can be used to create custom notifications. These notifications can be triggered by custom geofences and behaviour-based triggers. We also provide support for multiple third party business intelligence software using our APIs. Analyze helps you create a complete picture of traffic flow on campus. You get analytics such as heat maps, dwell time, and usage statistics for traffic volume at different entrances, exits, and other areas. If you can’t decide on what your campus needs, ask us about one of our complete out-of-the-box solutions for a fully functional, all encompassing location-based app, built using Mapsted Maps and Mapsted Location Platform. You can even customize the various options, including: Authentications permissions for students, visitors, and faculty A wide variety of themes, including colours and fonts To upgrade your campus with Mapsted IoT location technology contact us today!

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