As schools and higher education institutions across the U.S. prepare to begin their fall semester, those that are offering fully in-person or hybrid experiences have been grappling with how to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. As they think about what the fall semester – and beyond – should look like during an ongoing pandemic, technology–including IoT connectivity–has emerged as a potential answer to many of the issues they are facing.
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The IoT has emerged as a key solution for these institutions. IoT connectivity and solutions, when powered by a 0G network, offer a secure, reliable, and cost-effective option for higher-ed organizations as they work to create a safe campus – both during COVID-19 and beyond. Here are a few key examples of the many ways college campuses can leverage the IoT.
Contact tracing and emergency notifications
One of the most significant fears students, faculty, and staff face as they head back to campus is a COVID-19 outbreak. To quell these fears and ensure any infections are contained, many universities are looking to the IoT to help them improve campus contact tracing and emergency notification systems.