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    Explore The Future Campus with Canon’s Smart Education Solutions

    Experience how Canon’s Smart Education solutions can take your campus from now to the future.

    What comes to mind when we think about the future of education? The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has four possible scenarios1, ranging from a familiar future to the seemingly improbable:

    1. Schooling Extended: This is the closest model to what we have today, with international collaboration and technological advances fuelling the rise of individualised learning.
    2. Education Outsourced: This is a situation where society plays a bigger role in education, fostering more diverse and privatised learning, largely driven by technology.
    3. Schools as Learning Hubs: This is where schools and communities converge, with civic engagement, social innovation, and experiential learning becoming the new norm.
    4. Learn-As-You-Go: This is a world where the lines between formal and informal learning vanish. Education takes place anytime, everywhere, with society fully embracing the power of technology.

    These scenarios may give us a lot to think about, but one thing is certain: Technology plays a pivotal role in future-proofing education.

    As Dan Schwartz, dean of Stanford Graduate School of Education, underscores, “Technology is a game-changer for education - it offers the prospect of universal access to high-quality learning experiences, and it creates fundamentally new ways of teaching2.”

    It’s no wonder the EdTech market is expected to reach USD $318.65 billion by 2028 in APAC alone, up from USD $129.66 billion in 20223. Already, the sector is buzzing with activity4. Blended learning is on the rise, eLearning and microcredentials are gaining traction, AI is tailoring learning experiences, and governments are unveiling transformation plans.

    How might these trends influence your campus? What does a future-ready campus look like? Canon’s Smart Education solutions have the answers.

    Come, let us show you around.

    First stop: Blended learning classroom

    The classroom is where all the action happens. At first glance, the space may not look any different. But take a closer look, and you’ll notice a few things:

    1. A pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera mounted at the back of the room
    2. A large interactive panel up front

    These devices may not seem like much individually, but they collectively open the door to a multitude of immersive and engaging learning experiences.

    With 4K image quality and intelligent auto-tracking, the remote PTZ camera live streams all classroom action to every student, no matter where they're located. FreeD protocol also enables educators to enrich their lessons with immersive AR and VR content, like 3D models and 360-degree demonstrations.

    The interactive panel breaks down classroom barriers by uniting in-class and remote students on a single platform. With real-time whiteboarding, interactive group activities, and engaging educational modules, even students at home will feel fully engaged in the classroom experience.

    If we take a peek at a student’s tablet or laptop, we might find them using the school’s AI-powered learning platform. Platforms like this enable students to personalise their learning experiences. You can think of it as being like YouTube, but for your campus. Students are free to use it in their own time to learn and study, whether they’re catching up on pre-recorded lectures or accessing educational content made by the school or educators.

    Now, try booking a room or facility 

    Canon’s facilities booking system seamlessly communicates with the many occupancy sensors spread throughout campus. This gives you real-time access to data on room availability and other statuses. Instant notifications will be sent to your mobile devices once a booking is made, which you can then share with others in the same study group or meeting.

    Behind the scenes, administrators will analyse this data to optimise operations like space planning, crowd management, and occupancy tracking.

    Let’s take a walk around campus

    First-time visitors to the campus may feel disoriented and lost, but don’t worry. That’s what the digital signage is for. They’re equipped with useful wayfinding features so both students and visitors can easily find their way around campus.

    See those rectangular panels in front of every classroom? They are face recognition devices. They help us in a few key ways:

    1. Automate attendance taking. Face recognition eliminates the need for manual attendance taking, saving time and improving efficiency for educators and administrators alike. It’s also an effective way to deter truancy and absenteeism since students must be physically present for verification.
    2. Prevent unauthorised entries. Face recognition can act as a safeguard to stop lost students from entering the wrong classroom and unauthorised individuals from gaining access. In addition to classrooms, we also deploy these devices in areas where higher levels of security are needed.

    Now, let’s step into another one of our classrooms. You may not detect it, but Workplace AI and environmental IoT sensors are hard at work in the background to ensure the health and safety of our environment.

    Through round-the-clock monitoring and automatic detection of harmful substances like carbon monoxide, dust, formaldehyde, viruses and more, we keep the air we breathe safe and optimised for everyone’s well-being.

    Come on in to the staff office

    Yes, what you see at the door is the same face recognition device that ensures entry only for staff and authorised personnel. Here in the office, you’ll find two of our smart solutions at work:

    1. Course Scheduling and Attendance System (CSAS): This is a centralised system that automates routine classroom tasks like course scheduling, resource planning, attendance tracking, and more. It also integrates real-time data from face recognition devices for accurate and up-to-date attendance records.
    2. Smart Surveillance: Meet our intelligent surveillance cameras! Equipped with advanced video analytics, they are trained to automatically detect activities like violence, checking of safety gears, unauthorised licence plates, and hazardous events like smoke or fire. Should there be an incident, administrators will receive instant alerts for immediate action.

    Enable your future-ready campus with Canon’s Smart Education solutions

    As Dr. Joe Sweeny from the Intelligent Business Research Services (IBRS) states, “The digital mindset is not just about applying technology to different components of the education experience, but building an integrated digital ecosystem that consolidates systems for students and teachers for greater efficiency5."

    And that’s what Canon’s Smart Education solutions set out to achieve. With a comprehensive suite of hardware and software designed to streamline work and study experiences for students, staff, and faculty alike, we can future-proof your campus and help pave the way for your campus of the future.

    Reach out to our friendly consultant today!


    1 2020, OECD, Future proof? Four scenarios for the future of schooling, https://oecdedutoday.com/future-proof-four-scenarios-future-schooling/

    2 2024, Stanford Report, How technology is reinventing education, https://news.stanford.edu/report/2024/02/14/technology-in-education/

    3 2024, Research and Markets, APAC Edtech Market — Focused Insights 2023-2028, https://bit.ly/3w4LxMh

    4 2024, Camu-EdHub, EdTech in Southeast Asia: Emerging Trends and Exciting Possibilities, https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/edtech-southeast-asia-emerging-trends-exciting-possibilities-heo2c/

    5 2022, Tech Wire Asia, What is the future of education looking like in Asia Pacific?, https://techwireasia.com/08/2022/what-is-the-future-of-education-looking-like-in-asia-pacific/