The growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) is affecting consumers, businesses, and most of all, schools and universities. It is ushering in a world where ordinary devices are becoming smart devices, connecting to the network, and controlled by smartphones. The number of IoT devices is growing exponentially. As the Internet of Things comes to the college campus, the requirements for network bandwidth and security must be well understood and expanded to accommodate the massive amount of data generated by the new devices and sensors.
Colleges and universities are poised to take advantage of the benefits of the Internet of Things, especially in two areas. By incorporating new IoT educational technology into the curriculum, schools can deliver a more personalized education. The Internet of Things can also improve the efficiency of the physical campus infrastructure, including HVAC and physical security. The range of IoT devices appearing on campus includes: eBooks and tablets; sensors in the hallways, entrances, classroom spaces, and buses; all sorts of fitness bands and wearables; virtual and augmented reality headsets; robots; video cameras and sensors; smart displays; smart lights; and smart locks, to name a few.