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Arizona State University Invests in the Internet of Things


By Ryan Berlin Building Automation
Sun Devil Stadium

At Sun Devil Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., is a tech-infused stadium that has been a test bed for a larger investigation of and investment in Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

Sensors on ASU’s campus are connected to the WiFi and cellular network collect temperature, humidity and noise data for use by facilities staff. Sensors can identify if a faucet anywhere in the stadium is left running after a football game is over, to help cut water usage. ASU also is exploring providing information through a mobile app on the availability of parking and wait time estimations for concession lines and restrooms, according to Gordon Wishon, the university's chief information officer.

"We built the back-end infrastructure to support those proofs of concept," says Wishon. "The enterprise of a large research university has some component of every industry vertical in the larger world around us. We not only support academic and research operations, but also very large business enterprises with retail operations, transportation, healthcare, ticketing, supply chain.

"We have been working with industry partners such as Intel and investing in the infrastructure we think we will need to support the broader deployment of IoT technologies. As CIO, it is my responsibility to be sure that the university is prepared for emerging technologies and the impact they will have on our campuses."

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This Quick Read was submitted by Ryan Berlin, managing editor of Facility Maintenance Decisions, ryan.berlin@tradepressmedia.com. Read more about smart buildings and building automation.

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