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IoE-Driven Capabilities Help To Simplify Building Management, Cut Costs, and More EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Objective Rethink teaching methodologies and the traditional classroom setting Install a state-of-the-art,
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IoE-Driven Capabilities Help To Simplify Building Management, Cut Costs, and More EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Objective Rethink teaching methodologies and the traditional classroom setting Install a state-of-the-art, advanced high-speed network available anywhere, anytime on campus Incorporate multimedia technology within the educational experience to assist both on-campus and distance education Utilize fully integrated smart building technology on a single, easily controlled platform interface Establish future-proof network capacity and equipment specifications Strategy Employ open network platform to provide both Wi-Fi capability and hard-wired access throughout the campus Enable a wide variety of audiovisual experiences across learning settings Solutions Single-dashboard control of all building control and automation systems, security cameras, audiovisual controls, environmental controls, educational tools and activities, and communications with other campuses Adaptable multimedia learning lab classrooms Unified communications and telephony Background In January 2014, Cisco released the results of an in-depth analysis of the economic benefits of the Internet of Everything (IoE) for the public sector. Cisco s model revealed that some $4.6 trillion in Value at Stake would result from the adoption of IoE capabilities across 40 key public sector use cases over the next 10 years, including smart water, smart buildings, smart energy, smart parking, and more (http://bit.ly/1asgizn). As a next phase of its analysis, Cisco engaged Cicero Group, a leading datadriven strategy consulting and research firm, to undertake a global study of IoE capabilities across these 40 use cases how the best public sector organizations are connecting the unconnected, as Cisco terms it. To that end, Cicero Group conducted interviews with dozens of leading public sector jurisdictions federal, state, and local governments; healthcare organizations; educational institutions; and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to explore how these global leaders are leveraging IoE today. The research examined real-world projects that are operational today, are being delivered at scale (or through pilots with obvious potential to scale), and that represent the cutting edge of public sector IoE readiness and maturity. The aim of the research was to understand what has changed in terms of the jurisdictions people, processes, data, and things, and how other public sector organizations can learn from (and replicate) the trail blazed by these global IoE leaders. In many cases, these jurisdictions are Cisco customers; in others, they are not. The focus of these jurisdictional profiles, therefore, is not to tout Cisco s role in these organizations success, but rather to document IoE excellence, how public sector entities are putting IoE into practice today, and to inform a roadmap for change that will enable the public sector to address pressing challenges on multiple fronts by drawing on best practices from around the globe. Impact Easier communication among campuses, simplified building management and control, reduced resource consumption, and decreased operational costs Page Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. About (GBC) is a public post-secondary educational institution founded in It operates three full campuses in the Toronto, Ontario, metropolitan area, including the new Waterfront campus, whose phase-one Centre for Health Sciences building opened in September The new campus is located on the Waterfront Toronto East Bayfront, a heritage industrial redevelopment district. The Intelligent Design technology solution includes 25 multimedia learning lab class environments, more than 50 audiovisual areas, an IP-enabled mechanical and lighting system, and a userfriendly dashboard facility control system, all layered upon a single, high-speed converged network. The Centre for Health Sciences building has architectural, urban planning, and technological importance in Canada and worldwide. The Intelligent Design technology solution includes 25 multimedia learning lab class environments, more than 50 audiovisual areas, an IP-enabled mechanical and lighting system, and a user-friendly dashboard facility control system, all layered upon a single, high-speed converged network. Terry Comeau is executive director of Waterfront development at George Brown College. Prior to joining GBC, she directed architecture and planning for AECOM in the Middle East, and was the founding partner/senior vice president of the HOK Canada consulting architecture and interiors practice. Ms. Comeau has an extensive architectural design background, with broad project experience in healthcare, hospitality and resorts, media facilities, and mixed-use residential developments. She directed development (including design and construction) of the Centre for Health Sciences building, which was executed by EllisDon Construction. Michael Wolf is senior ICT project manager at EllisDon Construction, where he specializes in communication cabling design and construction, network system design, security systems, and building systems integration. Mr. Wolf served as master integrator on the GBC Waterfront project, coordinating the Intelligent Building network and building integration technology design and implementation. Objectives Ms. Comeau and Mr. Wolf set several technology goals that guided design and implementation: Rethink teaching methodologies and the traditional classroom setting Install a state-of-the-art, advanced high-speed network available anywhere, anytime on campus Incorporate multimedia technology within the educational experience to assist both on-campus and distance education Utilize fully integrated smart building technology on a single, easily controlled platform interface Establish future-proof network capacity and equipment specifications Waterfront Campus Phase One has achieved these goals by providing progressive learning environments such as the new multimedia classroom experience, as well as increased connectivity, efficiency, and cost savings. Page Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. The design intent was to address and captivate a new, modern student, one who is social mediasavvy and living on a smartphone, but is learning with an applied profession [requiring hands-on learning]. We researched technology that fit the need at that moment in time. That really impacted the final solution that we came up with. Strategy The technology concept for the Centre for Health Sciences building included a plug and play, anywhere, anytime mandate that would support the modern student s mobile learning philosophy. However, given the bandwidth and speed required to support extensive video streaming, an open network platform was designed to provide both Wi-Fi capability and hard-wired access throughout the campus. We had to provide this level of access because we anticipated having to accommodate increasingly high peak video streaming on the bandwidth that we had, Ms. Comeau explained. If you are in a teaching setting, for example, we wanted to ensure that everybody would have access to high definition, speed, and clarity of content in terms of viewing video from anywhere in the room either on the projection system, individual laptops, and/or smartphone simultaneously. So our baseline is wireless, but we also have hard-wired connection points available within short physical proximity. Both wired and wireless technology support GBC in delivering highquality applied education programming for its students. Enabling a wide variety of audiovisual experience across learning settings was a core driver of the network solution chosen. Ms. Comeau sought to accommodate the rapid transition to online learning, distance learning, live and recorded video projection, and the use of video in the classroom and beyond. GBC s fully wired and wireless building supports advanced AV technology for class learning of all kinds, demonstrations, and high-fidelity simulation environments. The essentially ubiquitous connectivity speaks to our core competency as an educational institution, Ms. Comeau explained. We now have infinite educational settings toward which we can drive content, including our adjacent outdoor park, the Waterfront promenade, and anywhere within the building itself. The design of GBC s network design was heavily influenced by an understanding that it needed to accommodate the technologies favored by students. The design intent was to address and captivate a new, modern student, said Ms. Comeau, one who is social media-savvy and living on a smartphone, but is learning within an applied profession [requiring hands-on learning]. We researched technology that fit the need at that moment in time. That really impacted the final solution that we came up with. GBC s relatively limited educational budget guided many decisions, including the choice of network technology. Generally, it s challenging to obtain scarce government funds to upgrade technology capacity, so technology elements needed to be included within the one-time funded construction. At the outset of the project, one of our key drivers was to create a highly intelligent building within the funding parameters of the Canadian college system, said Ms. Comeau. She focused on future-proofing the network as far as possible in order to achieve at least five years of sustained network performance and accommodate student growth in that period without having to go back and rebuild the system. receives financial support from a number of sources, including student tuition and fees, the Canadian Ministry of Education, the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training, corporate and research grants, fundraising, and donations. The institution is governed by the Ontario provincial Ministry of Training, Page Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Colleges and Universities and is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Finance. The Board of Governors is the legal body governing the college. GBC conducts its business largely through the Academic and Student Affairs Committee, Finance and Property Committee, and Audit and Executive committees. At capacity, the Waterfront Campus will serve 3,500 full-time students plus part-time and continuing-education students. The Waterfront Campus project represents an approximate $175 million CAD investment. The College received $30 million from Canada s Federal Knowledge Infrastructure Program and an additional $61.5 million from the Province of Ontario. Additional support for the project was provided through college reserves and a private sector fundraising campaign. The network was budgeted for and integrated into the technical layout plans of every area of the building from the beginning, far in advance of construction. Solution Network Platform The GBC team put a great deal of research and planning into developing the network in terms of both capacity and connectivity. Highlights of the network system include: 10G backbone network connectivity Fiber backbone: 2X24 strand multimode to each closet (dual runs with pathway diversity) Cat6 cabling throughout Edge switches: 3750X PoE enhanced for all closets Dual 6509 core switches for full redundancy Separate edge switches for security system (access and CCTV) Unique VLANs for all vendor systems The network was budgeted for and integrated into the technical layout plans of every area of the building from the beginning, far in advance of construction. Technology design determines many essential elements of construction sequencing, explained Ms. Comeau, and it s expensive to retrofit systems later. Conduits (and the structured cabling they hold) were laid before concrete floor slabs were poured; communication facilities were ready before everything else; and vertical fiber-optic duct banks, horizontal conduit runs, system sizing, correct fiber-to-copper, and fiber-to-fiber connectivity were also factored into the design. The size of your future technology network is only as fast as the pipeline within, and only as fast as the slowest connectivity between your building and the other buildings of the college campus, the main computer hub of the college, and the main security hub of the college, Ms. Comeau explained. To enhance both educational and environmental efficiency, GBC integrated all building technology systems onto a single platform. We went with a system configuration that promoted adaptability, flexibility, and as much speed as we could afford on an open systems architecture platform, said Ms. Comeau. To accomplish this, the project team proceeded with a design/build network construction process Page Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. that included a remote, lab-built and tested switch platform utilizing an open network topology for the layering of subsequent technology. During construction, said Ms. Comeau, our biggest concern was the early delivery of the network-capacity modeling, design of the network, construction and testing of the network, and ensuring that the network was live. That had to be accomplished as early as possible in order to facilitate the installation and testing of all environmental, audiovisual, and network-dependent equipment. This solution was cost effective, and the emerging technology helped futureproof our operation. Most important, the configuration supported our plug-andplay, anywhere, anytime operations. Meeting the goal of integrating the full system on a single platform proved challenging. Switching gear and equipment could not be moved into the building due to ongoing heavy construction, dust, vibration, and security concerns. In order to answer these concerns, EllisDon partnered with a telecommunications provider to build and fully test the network remotely, under laboratory conditions, so that the installation would proceed flawlessly. The network was implemented ahead of schedule as a result of the team s collaborative efforts. In addition, mission-critical building HVAC equipment had to be installed, operational, and fully commissioned before systemwide testing and integration could even commence. The project also triggered upgrades in the network pipeline to and from the other GBC campuses and main computer hub to ensure Waterfront Campus network design speeds. It s not just the building itself, Ms. Comeau explained. The new building that you re creating is part of a much bigger pipeline system for the institution as a whole. GBC needed to build server rooms and upgrade facilities to create a level playing field across existing networks and portals. Smart City Connectivity In addition to the college s own high-speed Internet service, advanced ICT infrastructure will be provided throughout the East Bayfront District by master developer Waterfront Toronto (WT). WT will provide a fiber-optic cable foundation that is expected to go live on the campus in the near future. The additional connection for the Waterfront will facilitate connectivity to our residence at the Pan Am Village site [a neighboring campus], which is great. We will have a high-speed, low-cost, high-bandwidth information highway that facilitates our educational drivers for high-speed video, SIP trunking, online learning, and distance learning. Audiovisual Technology The campus s integrated video technology is enabled by the installation of Canada s first 64x64 broadcast matrix AV switch. Lectures, lab procedures, training exercises, research and development work, and other learning activities can be recorded and then shared online virtually anywhere a process that can easily be controlled by the instructor. Ms. Comeau noted that the matrix switch was chosen over a number of smaller, slower switches, which would have limited connectivity. This solution was cost effective, and the emerging technology helped future-proof our operation. Most important, the configuration supported our plug-and-play, anywhere, anytime operations. Additionally, with over 90 percent of the student body traveling significant distances to the campus, an emphasis on distance learning helps GBC meet local student Page Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. needs. The school also has teaching environments in India and China, and supports courses for thousands of online students coming from numerous countries. Our concept, said Ms. Comeau, was basically to be able to transmit high-speed, high-definition video anywhere on the campus or remotely online to facilitate distance learning. We are now able to record applied-learning vignettes and port them around the world. Much of this video-based learning comes in the form of demonstration, so students can practice and learn hands-on healthcare techniques even when they are far from campus. Our concept was basically to be able to transmit highspeed, high-definition video anywhere on the campus or remotely online to facilitate distance learning. Redesigned Classrooms According to Ms. Comeau, research has clearly demonstrated that today s students need a new learning process, and that more than 70 percent of learning happens outside the lecture process. GBC s goal was to address these social media-savvy, communicator/collaborator students by engaging them in an active learning process. This meant creating supportive group work environments, facilitating the teacher s emerging role as mentor/coach (as opposed to lecturer), and aligning the student and teacher in the learning process. It s all about video, Ms. Comeau explained. It s all about high-speed/highdefinition bandwidth for video, and how GBC could really facilitate the transfer of that technology throughout our system. Although video allows learning to take place anywhere, anytime, the classroom and professor still have important, but different, roles to play. GBC wanted to reimagine the classroom space to get the best results from media-based education by providing professors with tools that enable more active engagement with students. We wanted to facilitate professors movement: walking around the classroom, enabling technology from anywhere in the room, and facilitating interaction with the students. With this teaching scenario, students couldn t sit at the back of the room on Facebook during the lecture, as it was so much more interactive, Ms. Comeau explained. To research emerging technology and classroom environments conducive to new ideas in learning, Ms. Comeau and her team toured simulation centers and learning studio/learning lab environments throughout North America. We did considerable research into the setup of a learning laboratory environment or learning studio environment as an important progression beyond the old style, lecture environment, she noted. Professors and students were then invited to test prototypes of various furniture types and classroom layouts before GBC committed to a particular classroom solution. From a simulation, technology, and furniture perspective, we looked at how companies globally were designing furniture to integrate with advanced technology programming. We ordered products, put them into a prototype setting, and had professors work with the learning lab settings, Ms. Comeau recalled. She indicated that testing and research were conducted for 18 months before any final orders were placed. After the trials, Ms. Comeau opted for class and study-area seating and tables that achieved both technology and learning goals, such as mobile chairs with oversized tablets and places for backpacks and beverages. The table surfaces chosen are Page Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. robust, movable, and sized to accommodate laptops and shaped to support study groups. The general impression, she describes, is more comfortable, more livingroom-like than rigid classroom furniture. This feel contributes to the connected environment of the school, and facilitates an inviting and inclusive atmosphere. For faculty and s
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