Meeting the university challenge   

Studying for a degree is an expensive business and rising tuition fees have heightened expectations amongst students, as well as the parents and carers who help fund their education. Students are no longer prepared to tolerate semi-derelict rental properties with shared showers; en-suite bathrooms, flatscreen TVs and leather sofas are now commonplace.


The same goes for campus environments. Excellent comfort conditions and a focus on wellbeing are ‘must haves’ and universities that fail to provide facilities of the highest standards are unlikely to attract students and the lecturers required to teach them.


This is entirely logical, as a stuffy and polluted study area makes it difficult to concentrate, and hard to remain alert and focused. Low air quality can reduce productivity through symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, aches and pains, and skin irritation. It can also exacerbate seasonal affective disorder (SAD), stress, depression, backache and other cardiovascular ailments.


Things ain’t what they used to be


As well as a healthy environment, students want information about which areas of a campus are hot or cold to suit their preferences and need to be able to navigate their way around via mobile technology. These are just a few of the reasons why using an Internet of Things (IoT) enabled Building Energy Management System (BEMS) can improve student productivity and engagement by acquiring, accessing and evaluating data from a variety of sources.


‘The increasingly connected world means that BEMS need to be in tune with the demands of the IoT,’ states Chris Baldwin, Key Account Manager at Trend. ‘Our IQ®VISION monitoring and management software integrates controllers, third party smart devices and internet protocols into an IoT enabled platform.


‘Through the collection of relevant data, IQ®VISION improves comfort conditions and increases the wellbeing of occupants by checking that CO2, temperature and humidity levels are within set parameters. An alert can then be issued to the relevant estates personnel if levels fall outside of the defined scope.’


As of August 2017, there were 133 universities in England and Trend equipment is used in over 65 of them. Therefore, Trend is confident that IQ®VISION has the potential to set a new benchmark in what’s possible with a graphical, real time user interface. This technology is a very progressive step forward in ensuring that students, staff and visitors have the most positive experience.


Need to know


Trend is exhibiting at the 48th Association of University Engineers’

(AUE) Annual Conference on 5th-7th September 2018 at Southampton Solent University, where its team of experts will be available to talk through the features and benefits of IQ®VISION.


If you’re not attending but would like to find out more, call or email Chris Baldwin on 07976663153 or or visit​

Published  on  04/09/2018  by  James Tate
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