Singapore Polytechnic embarks on Smart Campus project


21 January 2016
Loh Gin Chye, Director, Department of Information and Digital Technology Services, Singapore Polytechnic

Singapore Polytechnic (SP), in collaboration with Cisco and NCS, has embarked on a digital transformation project to create a "Smart Campus" that will not only deliver new services to students and lecturers, but will also help the institution save more than S$1 million a year on energy costs. 

Beyond deploying sensors, devices, networks and data to deliver new services, Cisco, NCS and SP will also explore best practices in data design and management to develop a data architecture plan for SP. The project will also tap on the data collected to provide insights and intelligence that will help SP to fine-tune its services. In addition, the various data sets made available through the collaboration will also be aggregated and supplied by Cisco and SP to NCS’ IntelliSURF™ for future big data analysis projects.

“By leveraging on the innovative technology by Cisco and NCS, Singapore Polytechnic aims to make teaching and learning more inclusive and accessible to our staff and students. As one of the first educational institutions to be aligned with Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative, we hope to continue to produce graduates who are future ready,” said Loh Gin Chye, Director, Department of Information and Digital Technology Services, SingaporePolytechnic, at a media roundtable held on January 19th, 2016.

An example of one of the new services that will be made possible through this digital transformation project is the “flipped classroom” approach, where students can view short video lectures from a cloud drive before their classes. This new approach claims to allow lecturers more time to go in-depth into the lessons while also allowing them to tap on learning analytics services and tools to customise their teaching plans and provide help for students.

Another new classroom feature involves introducing the use of augmented reality devices. With these devices, aircraft engine models and building designs can be created and visualised in 3D to allow students an immersive learning experience.

As part of the polytechnic’s new “Smart Network”, students and staff will be able to utilise location-based tools to navigate indoors to classrooms, theatres and labs, as well as locate less-crowded library and study spaces, and dining areas to enhance their time on campus. Insights gained from the network also benefit facilities management as they will have a clearer view of the utilization of resources like libraries and common areas.

Additionally, the project will also enable the polytechnic to manage its facilities more efficiently as many of the functions can be monitored and controlled centrally, and can be managed by just a single staff. SP will also be implementing a campus-wide smart energy initiative, including smart lighting with presence awareness that automatically adjusts brightness to the surroundings. The school expects to save more than S$1 million in energy costs annually.