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What is a Smart Campus?


A smart campus is a learning institution, mostly a university, digitally aggregated to use next-gen technologies in its infrastructure.

Students of today are embracing the digital world faster than the schools they are on. And due to the increase in enrollment of this generation of students, schools that want to stay competitive must also learn to evolve digitally.
Smart campuses are very different from the learning institutions of the past, and even most present ones. With the use of technologies and a digitally-driven community, the experience of the modern student is smooth and intuitive.
Everything from finding out where and when classes would hold, to submitting assignments, online tests and assessments, even exams are easily accessible to the modern smart student, either via the school website or it’s the mobile app.
Students and lecturers don’t have to bother about the constraints of space, time, or weather. Everything is seamless and faster.

The implementation of technology across the best universities and turning them into smart campuses does not just make campus life easier for the students but also makes it safer for them.
CCTV Video surveillance powered by Wi-Fi monitor trouble areas in the institution. Combined with smart ID locks, motion sensors, and perimeter controls, etc., the smart campus monitors individuals coming in and out. This helps safeguard the people in it, as well as its assets.

For instance, if someone is trying to break into a building, the Wi-Fi connected smart locks will detect that an intruder is forcing their way into the building. CCTV feed from the hallway would pan on the intruder, and their faces would be scanned.
If it’s a student, the relevant information would be stored and sent to the security department. That way, it’s easier to track down criminal elements in the smart campus premises.

Transitioning to a smart campus, however, cannot be rushed. A vision and plan have to be implemented.
However, the first step to transitioning is sustainability. IT departments have to examine their current networking infrastructure to know if it’s capable of seamlessly handling so many connected devices and applications. The number of students and expected connections has to be taken into consideration before making the transition, as well as finding a stable network provider to avoid lapses in the system. Getting to know the expected experiences of the students are also vital, so as not to fall below their expectations.
In smart campuses, the students are not just students, they are consumers, and their preferences should be taken into consideration.

For universities and institutions to remain competitive in this digital age, it is essential to transition to a smart campus. More schools are transitioning, and students have more choice now more than ever.
In the past, top Universities had the edge because of their legacy and track record. But these days, more students are enrolling in smart campuses where their campus life is much more intuitive and frictionless. So take your time, plan, and transition into a smart campus, because smart campuses are the future of education.

Precision Agriculture -
Sustainable Farming in the Digital Age

Agriculture is going through a groundbreaking evolution. Farmers now use real-time data and technology to make smarter and profitable decisions that help yield faster results with increasing efficiency.
Large farming corporations make use of precision agriculture to manage large areas of land. And they are getting astounding results with little effort.

What is precision agriculture?
It’s a sustainable approach to agriculture that uses information technology and infrastructure to improve output and reduce environmental degradation, thereby making farming much more efficient.

Precision agriculture makes use of technologies like geographic information system (GIS), satellite remote sensing, a global positioning system (GPS), and other geo-referenced site-specific practices to access real-time data. Like soil and ambient air, humidity, exact local weather predictions and patterns, labor costs, conditions of the crops, and equipment available to ensure that the crops and soils receive what they need, when they need it, to yield the best products.

It also utilizes sensors and satellites to measure soil temperature, moisture content, and surrounding air to give farmers crop images and data to be processed and integrated for the best immediate and future decisions. Such as the perfect time and place to plant a crop, precisely what fields need watering, and which need nutrients.

Software tools like predictive analytics use real-time data to give farmers guidance on crop rotation, evaluation of natural soil variability, perfect harvesting times, optimal planting times, and soil management.
Agriculture control centers use sensor data, crop imaging input, and other data, giving farmers the insights to identify arable lands that need treatment and the precise amount of fertilizers, water, and pesticides to apply.
This reduces the chances of farmers wasting resources while also preventing run-off, which saves money and controls the farmers’ environmental impact.

Precision Agriculture and the Fight against Climate Change.
A recent study on precision agriculture and its effects on
• The climate
• Farm economy
• The environment.

Revealed that precision agriculture has a positive effect on the reduction of greenhouse emissions.
With agriculture being responsible for 10-15% of the total human-induced climate change worldwide, farmers should adopt precision agriculture as a better alternative to farming.

Not too long ago, precision agriculture could only be used by large co-operations that had the funding, IT infrastructure, and other modern technological resources that are needed to implement and benefit from precision agriculture.
Thankfully, now, the market is open due to the availability of mobile apps, smart sensors, drones, cloud computing, and companies like Beeptool that make it easy and convenient for even subsistence farmers to benefit from this digital-age, sustainable farming method.