The Internet of Things

What is it?

The internet of things is the network of everyday objects embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity-all exchanging information with each other. This allows for more direct integration between the physical world and computer-based systems, resulting in unprecedented efficiency, accuracy and economic benefits.

Why is it important?

The internet of things will significantly change the environment our campus technology operates in. IT departments will need to support more technology strata in a more complex ecosystem, where staff and students will come with experiences of a truly interactive, data-rich world. And they will expect a growing proportion of objects to be communicative.

What to do next?

Infrastructure limitations is the largest barrier to adopting the internet of things, however this barrier can be addressed through new partnerships with our vendors. To support the increasing technology strata, we should design infrastructure solutions that support sensors, embedded chips and new devices. The Innovation Portfolio will specifically target this trend through 2017.