Smart campuses are the future of higher education 

Digital infrastructure solutions from Siemens help universities, colleges, and polytechnics create attractive, sustainable, future-proof campuses.

How can university, college, and polytechnic campuses adapt to the future of higher education? How can they incorporate remote learning while remaining a hub for academic interaction? Smart infrastructure technology and the Siemens Xcelerator offering leverage data from OT and IT systems to create intelligent ecosystems that make campuses attractive places to work, live, and learn.

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The digital transformation of the higher education campus

Today’s universities have to adapt to the needs of a constantly evolving, increasingly digital context. But the traditional brick-and-mortar campus still plays a vital role in higher education. Smart, digitally driven technologies help create unique, environmentally friendly higher education campuses – places that respond to the needs of students and faculty, provide safe places to learn, teach, and innovate, and enable universities to succeed in the international competition.

Adaptable communities to balance every demand

We leverage our long-standing experience in managing and integrating complex projects, along with our profound expertise in the fields of energy, building technology, digitalization, and even financing to support the entire lifecycle of a campus. Our smart infrastructure solutions enable higher education institutions to create campuses that offer excellent academic research, study, and on-campus living conditions while meeting demanding environmental requirements.

 

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Siemens Xcelerator – flexible, open, and scalable digital solutions for campuses

On the path to greater sustainability and net zero – and to build the resilience that’s urgently required to deal with the consequences of climate change – our comprehensive range of digital technologies are a powerful accelerator for higher education campuses of any size. At the same time, our adaptable and scalable solutions enable greater cost-efficiency, streamlined management and planning of space utilization and people flows, more sustainable, people-centric transportation solutions, and a richer academic life. Universities, colleges, and polytechnics can also benefit from the available data and connectivity in research, teaching, and learning: for example, to develop and test new building and energy management technologies.

Today’s faculty and students expect their higher education campus to be a learning, working, and living ecosystem that intelligently adjusts to meet their requirements. This involves the comprehensive linking of devices, applications, infrastructure, and people.

 

With Siemens Xcelerator, it’s possible to create attractive spaces for research, teaching, and university life, while at the same time making the operation of the entire campus more efficient in every respect: from optimizing space utilization to substantial energy savings and all the way to simplifying numerous maintenance, administrative, and planning tasks.

 

Find out how our cost-efficient solutions help higher education campuses meet today’s challenges and thrive in the increasingly competitive knowledge economy.

Comfortable spaces, perfect conditions for learning and living, safety and security, and excellent accessibility are important differentiating factors for today’s higher education campuses.

 

The comprehensive use of digitalization, automation, and the IoT in building and campus management makes it possible to deliver the high degree of comfort today’s students demand. Rooms and spaces can be optimally heated, cooled, and air-conditioned. Students can be digitally connected to educational materials, each other, and their teachers. Even under difficult conditions like a pandemic, campus operations can be reliably maintained with no risk to students and faculty.

 

Discover how our open digital business platform Siemens Xcelerator makes the transformation to smart campuses possible. Scalable and flexible solutions provide numerous options for improving both the students' educational journey and the public’s perception of higher education campuses.

Universities, colleges, and polytechnics often play a pioneering role in important transformations, and they’re expected to lead the way to the future. This is also true when it comes to sustainability and climate protection: The completely decarbonized campus is becoming a goal for more and more higher education institutions around the world – in part because this can significantly reduce operating costs over the long term.

 

The key to achieving this goal – even on higher education campuses that comprise several older and historic buildings – is a combination of state-of-the-art building technologies, smart energy management, advanced analytics, and the on-site use of renewable energy sources. This can optimize the entire energy system of the campus and allow it to constantly acquire new knowledge from collected data to gain additional energy efficiency improvements and savings potential.

 

Discover how Siemens Xcelerator can help you understand and optimize your campus’s energy system and eventually turn it into a net-zero campus.

Siemens Xcelerator – the digital ecosystem to optimize the student experience and campus operations

Siemens Xcelerator is our open digital business platform enabling efficiency, resiliency, flexibility, user experience, and sustainability. Making digital transformation easier, with faster time to market, and at scale.

It comprises:

  • a curated, modular portfolio of software and IOT-enabled hardware built on standard application programming interfaces and a range of services from Siemens and certified third parties
  • a growing ecosystem of partners – from solution vendors to technology partners
  • a marketplace, that will grow over time, as a central point to explore, educate, exchange and transact alongside a community of customers, partners, and developers

With clear technical and commercial governance based on highest standards and values, we facilitate co-creation and collaboration between partners, customers and developers. Together, we can accelerate your digital transformation!

Morgan State University partners with Siemens on its journey to a smart campus

“In our strategic plan we set a deliberate goal of improving campus-wide infrastructure to support operational excellence and increase overall institutional capacity. One of the ways in which this can be accomplished is through strategic investment in our campus facilities,” says David Wilson, Ed.D., president of Morgan State University.

Portfolio

Technology to transform the everyday

From planning to construction all the way to operation: we help higher education institutions make their buildings smarter, tap into renewable energy, and use all resources sustainably and efficiently. Click on the portfolio elements below to see how we can help you create and operate a university, college, or polytechnic campus that’s not just ready for the future of higher education – but also sets the pace.

Planning, consulting, and simulation

Optimizing power system and building performance 

With state-of-the-art market and technology expertise and powerful simulation tools, our consultants support you in optimizing your power system and your buildings based on your specific technical and economic targets. Our services comprise strategic advice and grid design as well as control and automation concepts for both power and building infrastructures.

Power generation

Distributed energy systems create extra value

In the wake of the ongoing decentralization of the energy system, more and more campuses are using local energy solutions to produce the electricity they need. But there’s even more in it: With the help of distributed energy systems, campuses can gain more independence from energy suppliers and establish a highly sustainable, cost-efficient, and remarkably more resilient power supply. It’s even possible for campuses to actively participate in the energy market, because any generated surplus can be fed into the power grid and sold to the market – an attractive opportunity to create additional revenue. 

Energy management

Microgrids for cost-effective, sustainable, reliable power

Microgrids contain all the elements of complex energy systems, they maintain the balance between generation and consumption, and they can operate on- and/or off-grid. More and more campus operators are using microgrids to produce the electricity they need cost-effectively, sustainably, and reliably.

Energy storage

Energy storage solutions for any requirements

Energy storage solutions for industry, infrastructure, and private residences: fast, flexible, and reliable.

eMobility

Inspiring students for the mobility of tomorrow

Considering the important role of eMobility in urban spaces like campuses, the infrastructure for electric mobility has to satisfy the requirements of the grid and also meet the needs of all the people operating on a modern campus.

Grid connection and smart electrification

An effective, reliable, and safe power supply is the operational backbone of a campus. A smart electrification system covers everything from medium-voltage switchgear all the way to low-voltage switchboards and busbar trunking systems and uses smart software tools and applications.

Smart buildings

Increasing building performance, efficiency, and adaptability

We spend up to 90 percent of our lives in buildings, and we believe that everything people do in life deserves a perfect place to do it. Smart buildings are an active contributor to the experience and success of its stakeholders.

Safety and security

Comprehensive protection for people and assets

Security is one of the most important enablers for the way we live and do business in a globalized world. Digitalization impacts all industries and is a powerful catalyst and enabler of change. The global security landscape and its demands are changing, and protection using advanced security management and services means safeguarding the foundation of sustained competitiveness and business continuity for all our customers.

Services

Analyzing and utilizing what buildings can share

Every system and component in the buildings on a smart campus creates numerousc data that can be collected, analyzed, and used to gain actionable insights. Building Twin, the application of digital twins of buildings to provide relevant data across the building lifecycle, and BIM, a collaborative process that’s at the heart of the digitalization of the construction industry, help create safe, efficient buildings that continuously interact, learn, and adapt to new requirements.

IoT infrastructure

IoT solutions for campuses

Smart urban communities are autonomous living, business, and learning hubs that generate huge amounts of data. The holistic representation of these data provides fast and easy access to information and makes communities smarter, more resilient, sustainable, and future proof. This digital transformation is enabled by a sound digitalization strategy, IoT devices, system integration, cloud computing, and analytical models.

Financing

Making investments easy

Campuses face the inherent challenge of housing, catering, and employing thousands of people at a time. Many are looking to smart technologies to help them operate more efficiently, reduce costs, and better serve their inhabitants. Smart and flexible financing solutions are a key enabler for staying ahead of the curve.

Higher education campuses that drive change and innovation

Higher education institutions around the world have already begun to create efficient communities of high educational value with a reduced environmental footprint. Discover various approaches and their benefits.

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Stories and insights

Learn more about smart urban communities

Whether it’s for educational institutions, districts and cities, industrial enterprises, or in mixed-use settings: Smart urban communities improve peoples’ lives and work. They benefit communities, businesses, and the environment in many ways. Discover how we’re harnessing technology and our expertise to create digitally supported, agile, sustainable communities – one smart urban community at a time.

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Let’s co-create your smart and sustainable campus

Are you a faculty member, a campus developer, an architect, a planner, a builder, or a campus operator? Would you like your campus project to have sustainable value? Feel free to get in touch using the form below.