The Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, visited the launch of a smart university campus that will further help to bring a change to a more sustainable future.
The University of Birmingham Dubai’s high-tech grounds in Dubai International Academic City features a living laboratory, a “floating” library and several sensors to help meet a net-zero carbon target by 2035.
It spreads over an area of 30,000 square metres. It has almost 23,000 Internet of Things (IoT) sensors that can adjust the lighting based on environmental changes and occupancy while capturing data that can be analyzed to assure energy is being utilized.
It covers an area of 30,000 square metres. It is fitted with 23,000 Internet of Things (IoT) sensors which can adjust lighting based on occupancy and environmental changes while capturing data that can be analyzed to ensure energy is used sustainably.
Sheikh Hamdan posted on Twitter after he visited the launch that the goal of Dubai was to become a significant education capital that lures the brightest young minds worldwide.
Vice-chancellor at the University of Birmingham Dubai, Adam Tickell, said the objective was to develop the world’s most innovative campus in partnership with Siemens, the German industrial conglomerate.
The Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, visits the University of Birmingham.
Tickell said, “The living lab “utilizes data from people in the building.”
“We are utilizing data from individuals, and the sensors try to comprehend how the building and the people interact. It is almost like not believing that people in the building are separate but thinking of them as part of a whole organism.”
“When we walk into a space and turn on lights or air-conditioning, the sensors allow us to adjust what is happening. Instantly, we can also use the data we get from around the whole campus to analyze to become much more energy-efficient.”
Besides digital sensors, the university utilizes analytical technologies, artificial intelligence, decentralized energy storage and renewables.
“The major reason was to lower our carbon and energy consumption to the lowest likely level,” Mr Tickell said.
The University of Birmingham Dubai broke ground on the second stage of its campus in 2019.