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How Will the IoT Impact Education in 2016?

by Laura Devaney

eCampus News

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Internet of Things devices will exceed 6 billion

Estimates indicate that 6.4 billion “connected things” will be used across the globe in 2016–a 30 percent increase from 2015, according to IT research firm Gartner, Inc. In 2016, approximately 5.5 million new “things” will become connected each day. Gartner also forecasted that the number of connected things would jump to 20.8 billion in 2020.

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The IoT in Education: Opportunities for Learning and Saving

In 2016, according to Gartner, there will be about 5.5 million new “things” connected to the Internet of Things (IoT)—ranging from cars to street lighting to applications that have yet to be imagined. Chances are that some “things” in your educational institution may also be impacted, or have the opportunity to benefit from IoT. What might those things be?

The IoT is an emerging disruptive force that is likely to impact the education industry in the not-too-distant future from both an administrative/operational standpoint (e.g. lighting, facility access, etc.), to instructional impacts. What if your library could monitor which seating areas, or chairs, were most used? What if your parking lots could be monitored to automatically measure use—and lack of use—of stalls on a 24/7 basis? The impact of IoT will be far-ranging and can provide opportunities for knowledge capture and cost-cutting. It’s an issue to keep in mind during strategic planning discussions.