Sustainability in Higher Education

Written by Hilmar Salac, Panasonic Connect Europe.

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Why should Higher Education market institutions think on sustainability? 

Sustainable planning and investments allow universities to benefit from technological resources in the long term while minimizing negative impacts on the environment. Here are some reasons why sustainable technology planning and investments are important:

  1. Environmental compatibility, Sustainable technology planning aims to implement environmentally friendly solutions to reduce energy consumption, emissions, and resource usage.
  2. Cost savings, sustainable investments in technology can decrease maintenance and operational expenses.
  3. Future orientation, universities should align their technology planning and investments with future needs.
  4. Role model function, Universities have an important societal role and can serve as role models for sustainable practices.

Overall, sustainable planning and investment in technology at universities offer an opportunity to reduce environmental impacts, achieve cost savings, and build a long-term sustainable infrastructure. It is crucial for universities to consider the principles of sustainability in their technology planning and investments.

The IntelSDM (Smart Display Module) technology offers numerous advantages to colleges and universities in terms of flexibility, scalability, and future proofing. By implementing this advanced technology, educational institutions can optimize their IT infrastructure and meet the increasing demands of the digital age.

One significant advantage of IntelSDM technology is the flexibility it provides. Traditional IT infrastructures often require extensive physical modifications to support new applications or technologies. With IntelSDM, colleges and universities can virtualize their infrastructure and dynamically manage their resources. This enables rapid deployment of new services and applications without the need to add or reconfigure physical hardware. This flexibility allows educational institutions to be more agile and responsive to the evolving needs of students and faculty.

Another advantage of IntelSDM technology is scalability. Colleges and universities often face fluctuating demands on their IT resources. During lecture periods, the need for computing power and storage may significantly increase, while it may decrease during semester breaks. IntelSDM enables the dynamic allocation of resources, allowing educational institutions to adjust their capacities accordingly. This leads to efficient utilization of IT resources and prevents overloads or underutilization. Additionally, colleges and universities can quickly add additional resources as needed without making expensive investments in new hardware.

Future-proofing is also a crucial aspect for educational institutions. The technology landscape is constantly evolving, and colleges and universities must ensure that their IT infrastructure can keep up with the latest developments. IntelSDM allows for infrastructure improvement through software updates without requiring physical changes. This reduces the cost and effort involved in maintaining and updating IT systems. Furthermore, IntelSDM supports open standards and provides interoperability with various vendors, giving educational institutions the opportunity to benefit from future innovations and technologies.

Overall, IntelSDM technology offers significant benefits to colleges and universities in terms of flexibility, scalability, and future-proofing. By leveraging this advanced technology, educational institutions can streamline their IT infrastructure, better meet the needs of their students and faculty, and be prepared for future developments.

Finally together with a Panasonic Glass-to-Glass solution it will be an essential part of digital learning as well. Panasonic hardware combined with an automatic workflow from blended-, hybrid- or online-learning together with Panopto’s Video Content Management System Solution is one of the most powerful centralized system saving resources in future.

In addition to the fixed input/output interface, the slot can be used to add optional and third-party function boards and can be utilized for a wide range of applications such as signage, information displays in companies and schools, and entertainment. The interface board is inserted into the slot, so it does not affect the installation layout.

Advantages of Intel® SDM?

  • No need for external players or signal conversion devices.
  • No need to wire power cables, video cables, etc., allowing for a neat and tidy layout with just the display.
  • System flexibility. Depending on the application, different functions can be added by replacing the function board.
  • Third party function boards can be used.

Panasonic slots are compatible with the Intel® SDM specification.

Panasonic offers displays and projectors that are compatible with the Intel® SDM specification, a next-generation slot standard that supports 4K signals.

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