It’s not surprising that higher education has been experiencing financial challenges during the pandemic, but this is only further evidence for the value of campus safety technologies. They will play a role in helping students and faculty feel more comfortable on campus, so it is valuable to examine which solutions have been adopted at education facilities most recently.
Our sister site Campus Safety recently put together this list of technologies which have seen mass adoption over the last year:
Temperature Screening Devices – Using infrared technology, these devices are designed to determine when an individual is experiencing symptoms, such as fever. This technology will likely become more widely adopted on college campuses, as it will be able to scan multiple students at a time while entering classroom and administration buildings or dorms.
Additional Health Screening Devices – This consists of stationary tablets with quick health-related questionnaires and health screening apps for students, faculty and staff to report potential symptoms before heading onto campus, or whether they have or have not been vaccinated.
Visitor Management Software and Apps – A helpful tool for tracking dorm visitations, this helps track how many people are in a building at one time and logs who was at a certain location during a specific time. This also provides campus police and officials with reports or audits of where students are more likely to congregate.
Sanitation Technology – From sanitation compliance apps and software that help track the cleanliness of classrooms, offices, dorms and other facilities, to UV-light tools that help disinfect everyday appliances and shared devices, these are tools we can anticipate seeing across various campus buildings.
Even though there has been a surge of innovative safety technology solutions to aid in the safe reopening of colleges, campuses are experiencing significant budget cuts and are not able to implement them all.
According to the American Council of Education (ACE), the financial impact of the current pandemic is expected to exceed $120 billion, much of it due to low enrollment and tuition dollars. However, this only enforces the need for higher ed officials to adopt COVID-safety technology that helps ensure a safe return to schools for students, staff and faculty.
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