It appears research universities are a great place to test Internet of Things (IoT) deployments. That\u2019s because they often comprise a microcosm of a wide variety of organizational and technical environments.\nGordon Wishon, CIO of Arizona State University, explained the reasoning to Campus Technology this way:\n"The enterprise of a large research university has some component of every industry vertical in the larger world around us. We not only support academic and research operations, but also very large business enterprises with retail operations, transportation, healthcare, ticketing, supply chain."\u00a0\nIoT isn\u2019t only theoretical\nAnd IoT on campus isn\u2019t just an academic exercise. ASU\u2019s Sun Devil Stadium, for example, uses sensors connected to Wi-Fi and cellular networks to monitor everything from temperature and humidity to leaky faucets and noise levels (think cheering contests). And the school is apparently working on tracking parking availability and concession\/restroom wait times and making the information available to mobile phone users.\u00a0\n"We built the backend infrastructure to support those proofs of concept," Wishon told Campus Technology. "We have been working with industry partners such as Intel and investing in the infrastructure we think we will need to support the broader deployment of IoT technologies.\u201d\u00a0\nIoT on campus\nOf course, ASU is hardly the only school diving into IoT. Last year University Business described a number of on-campus IoT applications, ranging from campus washing machines texting students when their clothes are ready (something similar is already in use at SUNY Binghampton) to aggregating data from wearable devices to track student traffic patterns in order to plan sidewalk construction. High-value applications could include sports trainers automatically tracking information about student-athletes\u2019 weight and body fat percentage, as well as environmental factors such as air quality to optimize training routines.\u00a0\n+ Also on Network World: How FC Barcelona leverages technology for athletes\u2019 performance\u00a0+\nUniversity Business also notes that Penn State connects and controls some 350 buildings with an automation system the lets school workers remotely monitor and control electricity, lighting, plumbing and HVAC systems.\u00a0\nIoT in the classroom\nFinally, the 2017 NMC Horizons Report for Higher Education (pdf) notes that while \u201capplications of IoT have potential to enhance many aspects of campus life, including safety and efficiency,\u201d the technology also offers opportunities to enhance learning and student welfare.\n\u201cBy tracking student movement and activity, leaders can take action to facilitate group learning opportunities outside of lecture delivery,\u201d the report notes. And it cites \u201cresearchers at the University of Texas Arlington\u2019s LINK Lab [who] are studying how emotions affect learning, using wearables to monitor biological factors that correspond to emotional states. At the University of the Pacific, Kinect sensors in classrooms are tracking students\u2019 skeletal positions to investigate correlations between postures and learner engagement.\u201d\nPut it all together, and it\u2019s clear that IoT is finding an accepting home in college and university campuses. That creates opportunities and poses challenges for university IT staffs, who have to deal with still-evolving technologies, uncertainty about the number of devices that will be involved (not to mention their hard-to-predict bandwidth demands), and complex security and privacy concerns.\nBut what better place to explore the role and benefits of IoT than a university environment full of smart people all trying to learn something new?