For decades, schools and universities have been under immense pressure to achieve a range of high-stakes outcomes – from elevated student performance to safety amid threats of violence. Add the need to maintain clean, virus-free spaces to that list and it is easy to see that human leaders could use an assist from their technological counterparts. While education is not the only field poised to benefit from the marriage of mind and machine, it is a field that needs this benefit acutely and immediately as staff welcome students back to their buildings for the 2020-21 school year.
The phraseology ‘smart building’ tends to make tech-enabled learning environments feel out of reach, especially given the ever-shrinking budgets faced by many educators. However, as internet of things (IoT) technology becomes democratised, school systems are deploying surprisingly cost-effective, easy to implement solutions that start small and evolve over time.
GS Technologies Ltd (LON:GST), through its subsidiary, EMS Wiring Systems Pte. Ltd, provides services in the “Smart Building” sector. Smart Building is a diverse term that refers to the technological capabilities of buildings and other work place facilities.