Monash University looks to a ‘smart’ future through big data

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Monash University has announced a partnership with Honeywell Building Solutions that will see automated “smart” environments deployed throughout one of its campuses. The Honeywell Vector Occupant App will be deployed across the university’s Clayton, Victoria campus to collect data on how staff and students rate spaces, navigate buildings, and report faults, as well as how and when buildings are accessed.

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The pair will use “big data” to enable Monash’s buildings to “intelligently and automatically” alter the internal environment. They hope to transform the way staff and students interact with the university, in what they labelled one of the world’s first cognitive office buildings. Monash Faculty of IT Dean Professor Jon Whittle said the size of the Clayton Campus and its energy requirements are similar to a small city.

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