As education institutions seek to improve efficiency and lower costs, many have embraced process automation, implementing systems such as student information systems (SIS), course management systems (CMS) and other solutions that automate education and administrative processes. Now they’re beginning to experiment with machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, an emerging process automation solution that uses mobile networks to enable real-time, two-way communication with any network-ready device to remotely monitor and control business systems.
By using machine-to-machine communications, or M2M, to achieve their goals with fewer resources, K-12 schools and school districts can increase productivity, save money and create a positive environmental impact. For example, M2M school security solutions automate the process of keeping students and valuable campus assets safe by allowing video surveillance systems to be deployed in all areas of the campus, even those without access to the wired Internet.
Tech-savvy higher education institutions can remotely monitor and control business systems, providing colleges and universities with a variety of cost and productivity benefits. For example, at a basketball arena, the heating and lights can be remotely configured to provide energy-saving environmental conditions, and be automatically shut down after the game is over.
This issue brief describes potential use models and benefits and recommend key steps for successful M2M implementations for K-12 schools and districts. Read this issue brief for more information about M2M in higher education.