Optimising utilisation of university buildings

March 09, 2017 by John Hatcher
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Optimising utilisation of university buildings

Scientia, has announced a partnership with Netherlands-based Lone Rooftop, providers of cloud software applications which are designed to optimise the utilisation of university buildings.
 

As increasing numbers of institutions are reaching the limits of their teaching capacity, they are looking to technology to help them optimise existing real estate. By using location data anonymously sourced from existing Wi-Fi networks, the Lone Rooftop Position Intelligence Engine (PIE) is able to calculate the specific location of people in all parts of buildings, quickly providing timetabling teams and estate managers with insightful and actionable intelligence.
Scientia is using this technology to support its global customer base with clearer insights into room occupancy rates for university buildings, helping to address the challenge of under-utilised buildings and excess capacity across university estates. The ability for universities to gain accurate usage data for buildings, rooms and teaching spaces will drive more efficient scheduling of rooms and resources, significantly reducing costs – including the building of unnecessary, additional teaching space.
This technology is already being used at Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands. They were approaching the limits of capacity and needed to find a smarter way to manage rooms and schedules. By using occupancy measurements, scheduling has become more efficient for each semester and cases where alternative smaller rooms were more appropriate have been identified. This helps the timetabling team to accommodate more students within the university’s existing capacity.
“With the single push of a button, my team gains insight into lectures that are consistently underutilised and how many ‘no-shows’ have taken place in a period, or for specific lectures” said Fred Jonker, Information Services policy officer at Wageningen University & Research.
Jonathan Armstrong, partner manager at Scientia, comments: “This is a strong partnership that brings a best-of-breed approach to the market. Our timetabling and room booking products are complemented with real-time data that displays how space is actually being used, versus the planned classes. This is used to realise significant cost and space savings, by addressing smaller-than-planned and shorter-than-planned classes, or complete no-shows. The technology will enable our customers to schedule more lectures and increase student numbers, all within their existing building capacity.”
 

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