StarHub partners with NUS for smart campus
Among the many use cases of 5G is the enablement of the smart campus. The smart campus is not only the future of education institutes but also offices. Many organizations around the world already have smart campus offices while universities are not leveraging emerging ICT technologies to improve the student experience.
A smart campus would rely on cloud computing, IoT, big data, and AI to improve the student experience throughout their time at the campus. In Asia, several universities have already partnered with tech companies to improve their facilities and create an improved digital student experience during the times of the pandemic.
In Singapore, StarHub and the National University of Singapore (NUS) have announced a collaboration to incorporate StarHub’s latest 5G and IoT solutions into the University’s smart campus innovations, supporting the university’s goal of becoming a smart, safe and sustainable campus.
Over the next two years, StarHub and NUS will exchange knowledge, identify gaps, and co-develop solutions in smart campus facilities management. The live trials over this period are expected to kick off with the deployment of StarHub 5G Standalone (SA) services and Singapore’s first 100% solar-powered campus WiFi by StarHub 5G within NUS.
Both the university and StarHub will also be working on a variety of 5G and IoT applications that will further improve the management of outdoor campus facilities operations. Enabled by StarHub’s 5G IoT platform service, the joint exploration will bolster the University’s ability to manage campus facilities more efficiently, drawing from ‘live’ data which can be consolidated from a network of sensors regardless of the number, type, or brand.
According to Charlie Chan, Chief, Enterprise Business Group at StarHub, the NUS campus is a prime living laboratory to reimagine Digital and Green applications, for a smarter, more sustainable future.
“5G has come at a time when operational efficiency and climate change matters are fast becoming priorities for businesses, campuses, and government entities. Recognized as the world’s most sustainable Wireless Telecommunications Service Provider in 2022 Corporate Knights Global 100, we have gained renewed drive to enable like-minded organizations, such as NUS, to transform processes and infrastructure with innovative 5G solutions, to achieve their green goals,” said Chan.
Elaborating about the transformative power of 5G for enterprise clients, Chan added, “With our 5G IoT platform service, we are moving fast to becoming the partner of choice for digitalization, automation, robotics, data analytics, and secure managed services. Partnering with NUS, we are capitalizing on 5G to build a smart sensor network and generate new insights, for more agile decision-making and greater workforce productivity. The solutions we create will drive business success for organizations, as they transform their processes, operations, and infrastructure for their stakeholders in this digital-first world.”
Tan Shui-Min, Chief Information Technology Officer at NUS shared, “We have piloted a first-in-class outdoor WiFi powered by 5G to complement our indoor campus wireless network, engendering a seamless and reliable connectivity experience for staff and students. Sharpening our competitiveness in education, research, and innovation, this collaboration has brought us closer to our vision of being a borderless university, where learning and working can take place anywhere, anytime, and through any device.”
The wide variety of 5G and IoT use cases in smart facilities management include building facade inspection, housekeeping, landscape management, waste management, security management, and augmented/virtual reality applications, using the campus as an immersive classroom for sustainability education.
For enterprises, a 5G smart campus office will enable employees to have greater connectivity within the office environment. While remote and hybrid work may still be practiced, a 5G smart campus office will revolutionize the way employees work, especially for large enterprises.
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