As we are launching our ground-breaking IoT initative, TE Hawkeye, we asked our CEO and COP, Johan and Johan, to pin down their thoughts on campus IoT and what benefits universities can derive from this technology.
As Internet of Things (IoT) is gaining traction around us in our homes, businesses, and cities, it’s no wonder that universities are evolving to keep up with this massive technological wave as well. Working with our customers on a daily basis, we see that universities using TimeEdit strive to foster innovation, and many see the IoT as a doubly-golden opportunity: on one hand, it allows for collecting valuable occupancy data; on the other hand, it is a means of vastly improving the university experience. Being in the forefront of technology and resource management, our IoT initiative TE Hawkeye is a natural leap into delivering these capabilities i a easy-to-use solution.
Since day 1, the team at TimeEdit have helped universities to understand act on their resource utilization data. Through our analytics and reporting tools, our customers have been able to slice, cut and pivot their scheduling data to detect bottlenecks and inefficiencies. But binary data (reserved or note reserved) has it's obvious limitations; we can't deep dive into class room fill rates, we can't measure no-shows or spontaneous use. For the last two years, our team has worked hard to change this, and by combining scheduling data with the power of real occupancy data, TE Hawkeye does just that.
The average class room utilisation is as low as 29%, meaning that universities around the globe spends billions of dollar each year on empty and under utilizied class rooms. By helping universities towards a better understanding on how, when and in what context their resources are being used, we can drive optimize for at better use of our funds. Because in the end, poor utilization means less money spent on empty facilities and more resources allocated to student success. And that is why this is an imperitive effort for TimeEdit.
IoT isn't just a a buzz word or academic exercise anymore, but universities can already today see the immediate and tangible effects from its vast array of use cases. With TE Hawkeye, we unlock data and workflows that before has not been possible. Personally, we believe these five use cases are among the most valuable (and awesome) benefits of campus IoT solution.
1) Deliver a better student experience
Looking back at our own campus experiences, we remember the constant struggle between students for group study rooms. We also remember the students who often reserved a study room, just not to show up for it. With TE Hawkeye, we have implemented a no-show cancel reservation feature that is automatically triggered in the event of a no-show within 10 minutes from reservation start, making this a problem of the past.
2) Comparing scheduled data with real occupancy data
By putting up people counters in class room, you can now compare scheduled room size with the actual class fill rate, and answer questions like what times of the day are popular class times, and what weekdays bring more people to class. This data will be pivotal to both ensure a resource efficient and student success tailored schedule across campus.
3) Innovative one-off cases
TimeEdit is a versitile resource management platform, and a couple of our customers are using TimeEdit to book campus parking spaces. By connecting TE Hawkeye to parking spot sensors they get a birds eye view of what parking spots are booked, taken or available.
We are incredibly proud of what the team has put together in order to make this a reality. At the same time, we are certain that this is just the beginning of our campus IoT journey.