Singapore Polytechnic collaborates with Cisco and NCS to create a Smart Campus

Singapore, January 20, 2016

Cisco and NCS enable Singapore Polytechnic to create a future-ready campus in Singapore

SINGAPORE, 19 January 2016 - Singapore’s first polytechnic is advancing smart education in a future-ready campus with Cisco and NCS. With this collaboration, Singapore Polytechnic (SP) will be a microcosm for Singapore’s Smart Nation programme.

SP, Cisco and NCS will work toward realising the polytechnic’s goal of embracing educational technology to cultivate a holistic smart campus that will benefit academia, operational and administrative staff, students, and visitors. The polytechnic aims to achieve digital transformation through the use of sensors, devices, networks and data to deliver innovative services that will boost teaching, learning and operational efficiency. The digitalisation of the campus will also make possible the highly secure collection, analysis and evaluation of rich data to provide insights and intelligence that will help SP to fine-tune its service offerings.

The Smart Campus of the future

SP is one of the few leading institutions in Singapore and the region to advance smart education and embark on a Smart Campus initiative, in line with Singapore’s Smart Nation vision and master plans for information and communications technology (ICT) in education.

With more than 18,000 full-time and part-time students and staff at its campus, SP is a microcosm of future citizens - digital natives who consume and produce digital services and data naturally. The Smart Campus initiative will be driven by three key pillars: Smart Education, Smart Networks and Smart Energy.

Cisco, NCS and SP will explore best practices in data design and management to develop a data architecture plan for the polytechnic. In addition, 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.

Smart Education

One new digital service under the Smart Education pillar is the flipped classroom approach, where students can view short video lectures from a cloud drive before their classes. This new approach allows lecturers more time to go in-depth into the lessons. Lecturers can also tap on learning analytics services and tools to customise their teaching plans and provide help for students.

Another high-technology feature involves the usage of devices with augmented reality capabilities during lessons. With the devices, aircraft engine models and building designs can be created and visualised in 3D to allow students an immersive learning experience.

Smart Networks

Students and staff will be able to utilise location-based awareness 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.

With the introduction of new sensors and devices, SP will also have access to a rich database of information for new initiatives. Insights gained from the network have the potential to make facilities management more efficient, for example, from the cleaning times of common areas to heat maps of study areas such as libraries, enabling both staff and students to work and study more productively.

Smart Energy

Instead of dedicating personnel and resources staff and money to manage separate, proprietary environmental and building control systems for each building or campus, schools can manage all these functions via sensors and monitoring from a central location with a single staff. Facilities management can take advantage of network intelligence and school policy to identify the least-cost resolution to maintenance issues, reduce redundant operations at each facility, and work more collaboratively and efficiently.

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.

A future-ready campus

With this collaboration, all three parties will focus on the following:

  1. Cisco® Connected Mobile Experiences

Cisco and NCS will invest resources and utilise location-based technology to improve engagement and communication with SP staff and students using the Cisco Mobility Services Engine. The application will also provide network intelligence to NCS for the development of mobility applications through an open application programme interface (API). With this API, Cisco and NCS can deliver industry-relevant mobility solutions such as indoor location mapping and navigation, with real-time push notifications to individuals and the community for events and the collection of data for analytics.

  1. Sensor Analytics

NCS and Cisco will implement sensor analytics to improve safety and security in common areas around the SP campus. Using video analytics and data from other available sources, NCS and Cisco aim to present a holistic situational awareness tool that will help SP make more accurate and timely assessments on campus safety and security and improve operational workflows. Additionally, in response to any security event, security staff can open and close doors, provide an escape path, ground elevators, alert local police or fire agencies, and coordinate all building systems from a single network interface, from anywhere on campus. Local and remote areas can be monitored with wireless video surveillance.

  1. Energy Management

Cisco and NCS will jointly provide resources to establish an energy management initiative on the SP campus using the Cisco Energy Management Suite. The tools will provide a comprehensive set of high-level management applications and services that allow network infrastructure to discover, maintain inventory, characterise, monitor and manage energy consumption of IP devices on campus.

Supporting Quotes

  • Ang Thiam Guan, Managing Director, Singapore and Brunei, Cisco

“Besides infrastructure and innovation, one of the critical elements underpinning Singapore’s Smart Nation vision is the harnessing of data and making sense of information to gain insights that can transform lives. The rich variety of data gathered across all three proofs of concepts has the potential to completely transform Singapore Polytechnic into one of the nation’s first few smart campuses, paving the way for other educational institutes in Singapore to follow suit and look into harnessing digitalisation to help students learn without limits.”

  • Chris Tng, Practice Director (Education), Smart & Safe City Centre of Excellence, NCS

“Transforming to be a future-ready city is not just about building high-tech infrastructures and adopting next generation technologies. The call now requires us to look at urban solutions that can provide real-time information to achieve higher levels of engagement as well as increased productivity. NCS is delighted to play a vital role in enhancing the education paradigm through advanced technology and supporting Singapore Polytechnic’s transformation into an intelligent hub to improve the experience of studying and working in the campus.”

  • Loh Gin Chye, Director, Department of Information and Digital Technology Services, Singapore Polytechnic

“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.”

About Singapore Polytechnic

Established in 1954, Singapore Polytechnic (SP) is Singapore’s first polytechnic. It has 10 schools that offer 48 full-time diploma courses for close to 16,000 students. SP adopts a proven creative teaching and learning framework and offers students a holistic, authentic and industry-relevant curriculum, innovative and vibrant learning spaces, and enriching overseas programmes.

The Polytechnic is committed to producing competent and versatile graduates who are also imbued with sound values, so that they can be work-ready, life-ready and world-ready. SP has more than 184,000 graduates. Among them are successful entrepreneurs, top executives in multi-national and public-listed corporations, and well-known professionals across various industries and leaders in government. SP is the first polytechnic to be awarded the President’s Award for the Environment in 2010 and the President's Social Service Award in 2011.

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