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Smart Infrastructure

Category: Energy Demand, Energy Efficiency

Digitalization and new technologies offer innovative approaches for CO2 reductions on campuses that have positive environmental, operational and economic impact. New technologies – self-learning buildings, remote analytics, and plug-to-grid integration – are fundamentally changing life on campus for all stakeholders. They are also accelerating the ability to deliver cleaner air, carbon-free energy, and sustainable, on-demand mobility.

Colleges and universities are using IoT solutions and digitalization to automate operations, improve HVAC and enhance comfort, support fire protection and security, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Smart infrastructure technologies also can boost reputation, attract students, reduce costs, and better prepare graduates for a digital tomorrow via a digitally connected, efficient, and sustainable campus.

 

Benefits
·        Campus experience: Safe, healthy & secure, comfortable, and connected
·        Resilience: Sustainable, reliable, and budget stable
·        Operational excellence: Energy efficient, ease of operation, and low lifecycle cost
·        Partnership: Workforce development programs and collaboration with service providers

Challenges
·        Deferred maintenance and budget constraints
·        Energy security and reliability
·        Engagement of students in sustainability initiatives
·        Balancing new energy infrastructure, while dealing with aging infrastructure
·        Compliance to industry standards or legislation

Impacts

  • GHG Impact

    Moderate

  • Economic Impact

    Net Savings

  • Feasibility

    Very Achievable

  • Timeline

    1-2 years

  • Maintenance

    Moderate

  • Publicity

    That's cool

Experts

  • Fred James National Business Director, Higher Education Siemens Contact