Educational institutions in Qatar need to adopt intelligent strategies
07 Sep 2017 - 1:09
Educational institutions in Qatar need to adopt intelligent strategies and solutions to address new challenges and opportunities, especially facing the institutes of higher learning today, said a senior official of a leading US-based tech company.
Jose Vasco (pictured), Regional Director, MEMA at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, said that there are six broad trends that have emerged in the field of higher education this year, which include the growing use of virtual reality (VR) devices in classrooms and increasing application of Internet of Things (IoT).
Jose said that IoT is swiftly expanding beyond student devices. The onslaught ranges from connected lights, door locks and sprinkler systems to laboratory sensors, classroom instruction and student laundry machines, with ever-more introductions in sight. Another popular trend is the use of Virtual Reality in classrooms that are taking hold. Wider access to commodity virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) innovations is moving the technology out of research labs and into classrooms.
As mobility and connectivity expectations move beyond the human management abilities in any IT department, much less those in higher education, higher education IT departments will need to adopt more sophisticated and intelligent solutions. These initiatives include automating, not just securing, device connectivity.
With device proliferation affecting both performance and security, higher education IT departments will move from self-service onboarding to end-to-end automation of device connectivity and security. Beyond assisting with constrained IT resources, automation is the most effective network defense – for both wireless and wired connectivity.