Delta Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku(DSPG), had developed a prototype of a Smart Campus expected to operate with technological systems, regulate movement and ensure digitisation.
The Rector of the institution, Prof. Emmanel Achuenu, on Monday, while elaborating on how the smart campus works said the institution was technologically-driven with research results and development.
Using their campus as a case study, Achuenu said they deployed solar energy to power the model campus.
“We decided to deploy solar energy in increasing the provision of energy to a model campus like this.
“In our campus, we have a solar laboratory where students are supposed to be trained on how solar functions and the installation, but we have gone ahead to run an institution like this with solar generators.
“We have designed solar generators in our lab with different variance of it, we have the one with an inverter and the one that is compact in nature.
“We do an energy audit of the facility we want to power to be able to know the quantity of energy and requirement for constructing the solar generator,’’ Achuenu said.
The rector further said that each of the components were in modules, adding, ”they have a solar farm where a full-blown energy capacity is generated and distributed through the modular system.”
Achuenu added that they also tried to put a security system in place to monitor movement within the campus using smart Identity cards configured for each student and staff at the entry point of the institution.
“For you to be able to secure this system, every student and staff in the environment is supposed to have a smart ID card we configured according to the need.
“To enter the gate, all you need to do is swipe your card in the smart system provided there and you gain access.
“The card is configured to each person that is on the campus and once you pay school fees, the smart card becomes effective.
“The day your school fees expire or the day the session ends, you will be deactivated, it is a form of restriction and every student is expected to have the id card,’’ he added.
According to him, if you are a lecturer under discipline or no longer working with us, your access will be denied.
Achuenu added: ”When an individual strays into another environment on campus not permitted according to his configuration, a motion detector will discover such a person, thereby alerting the security and school authority.
“We also have voice activation; by using voice to either have access to where we want to be or biometrics, it all depends on the level of configuration we do according to our need.
“When we use voice recognition, it sends a signal to Google to recognise DSPG light and sends information to turn off or on the light.
“We can use that technology to do so many things in the entire system making it easy to control the entire vicinity.
“The campus is smart because of the presence of smart card access system, voice recognition system, motion detectors, automatic switch over change system, automatic power control system and all powered by solar generators.”
He,however, solicited funding agencies, the government to support the institution to be able to move all their ideas and technologies beyond prototype.
Achuenu said: “We are asking for any funding agency to come to our support so that we can mass produce the majority of what we have here.
“If we can have our automatic detectors in every environment, it will help check on our security challenges.
“We can have solar generating systems for small and medium scale businesses.’’
NAN recalls that DSPG participated at the just-concluded Science, Technology and Innovation expo and had other products on display.
The other products included: Juice extractor, peanut coating machine, ice block making machine, automatic hand washing machine, ventilator and melon shelling machine, among others.