What We Cover
Smart education solutions are developed and delivered across five key segments, buildings and facilities, commercial services, infrastructure, transportation and teaching and office equipment. Harbor’s smart education research encompasses buildings, student services and engagement, commercial services, energy, water, waste management, lighting and security, transportation vehicles and infrastructure, and interactive teaching and office equipment that enable and support the efficient operation and enhanced experience for students, faculty and staff in the education sector.
Illustrative coverage areas include:
Infrastructure monitoring systems: Embedded sensors and systems can predict maintenance on power generation, water and waste management systems as well as gauge the use and wear of the infrastructure to help planning and future maintenance efforts.
Student and vehicle transportation systems: Using sensors to monitor the location and driving behavior of university of vehicles. Leveraging location data, universities are making it easier for students to leverage inter-campus transportation services.
Student Safety and Campus Security Systems: From video surveillance to access control, security applications within buildings are a rising priority throughout both K-12 and higher education campuses. The need to secure school campuses has led to a significant increase in purchasing of security and access control equipment.
Convergence and Integration of Physical Environment with Collaborative Learning Environment: how the smart systems technologies within facilities can be leveraged to enable a more conducive learning and collaboration
Harbor’s Education Outlook
Smart education initiatives cannot be defined by a single “top down” approach or central organizing schema that sets pre-programmed limits. They will be defined by individual universities and students, who are motivated to collaborate with each other — to create new use cases and applications that solve specific problems. Smart education will be driven by campuses and institutions trying to prove out larger smart cities projects, leveraging technology to differentiate among other education institutions or to drive efficiency in operations. Lack of vision, long-lead time on ROI, along with security and privacy issues, have kept a range of technology suppliers from taking a more active and central role in smart education market development.
An increasing number of academic institutions are recognizing the value of student collaboration and are putting programs in place to foster smart systems innovation. Education institutions in many regions of the world are actively pursuing the convergence of smart information and communication technologies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of institutional systems and services but are these investments and systems really enabling students? We believe there is too much investment in infrastructure and not enough in collaboration, particularly with students and faculty.
Academic institutions today are facing multiple parallel challenges, including:
High Upfront Costs – Despite the leading applications having proven ROI or safety benefits, cost continues to be the biggest hurdle for campus purchases.
Unclear Benefit and Perceived Cost Of Technology – Many see the cost of implementing new tech as prohibitive, especially when the benefit of unproven initiatives is not immediately tangible.
Interoperability Issues & Security – A lack of highly skilled IT employees on campuses, especially K-12 prevents adoption without simple, secure, and interoperable devices.
Fragmented Offerings – Due to the relatively recent emergence of campus solutions, the market is still fragmented, and this presents a challenge for buyers.
Education Market Value Chain