Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 23 - Page 25

TRENDING J ose Vasco, Regional Director, MEMA at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, says six new technology trends have emerged in the field of higher education this year. IoT spreads institution-wide: IoT is swiftly expanding beyond student devices. The onslaught ranges from connected lights, door locks and sprinkler systems to laboratory sensors, classroom instruction and student laundry machines, with ever-more introductions in sight. Ever yone expects Always-on experiences: All campus constituencies expect speedy performance from their devices and apps, enabling them to work, teach and learn seamlessly indoors and out. Spaces become intelligent and context-aware: Context- aware mobility is about adding intelligence to spaces so that the space interacts with students. For example, when a professor walks into a room, the configuration of equipment and amenities can now adjust automatically to that individual’s profile. Wearables and location-awareness breathe new life into retention efforts: It’s only a matter of time before institutions begin leveraging data collected from mobile devices and networks as students move about campus. Virtual reality in classrooms takes hold: Wider access to commodity virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) innovations is moving the technology out of research labs and into classrooms. All environments will be dense: Device density isn’t limited to lecture halls anymore, but extends to dorm rooms, cafeterias, sports fields etc. As mobility and connectivity expectations move beyond the human management abilities in any IT department, much less those in higher education, higher education IT departments will need to adopt more sophisticated and intelligent solutions. These initiatives include: “IoT is swiftly expanding beyond student devices.” www.intelligentcio.com “All of your campus constituencies expect speedy performance from their devices and apps, enabling them to work, teach and learn seamlessly indoors and out.” INTELLIGENTCIO 25