The Intelligent Campus

In the ever-evolving landscape of higher education, universities are continually seeking innovative ways to improve campus environments, enhance sustainability, and foster inclusivity.

At KnowNow Information, we’ve always been at the forefront of smart city and campus development, and we’re excited to share our latest case study with you – A transformative design for an intelligent campus at one of the UK’s top ranking Universities.

A Transformative Journey Begins

Our journey began when a prestigious UK-based university reached out to us with a vision—to leverage cutting-edge technologies and sustainable practices to create a smart campus environment that would not only meet the needs of today but also shape the future of higher education.

The Challenge

The university faced several challenges common to institutions seeking to embrace smart campus initiatives:

Complex Campus Ecosystem: The campus encompassed a diverse range of buildings and assets, each with varying ages and technology infrastructures.

Sustainability Goals: The university aimed to reduce its environmental footprint and promote sustainability through innovative technologies.

Enhanced Inclusivity: Creating a campus that catered to the diverse needs of students and staff, fostering a sense of belonging and accessibility.

Data-Driven Decision-Making: The need for a structured data management system to drive informed decisions and measure the success of smart campus initiatives.

A Team Committed to Excellence

At KnowNow Information, we believe that the strength of our team lies in their diverse expertise and unwavering commitment to excellence. For this project, our team was nothing short of exceptional.

  • Chris: Leading the Standards Adoption

    • Chris, a seasoned expert with experience working with the British Standards Institution (BSI), played a pivotal role in ensuring that our project adhered to internationally recognized standards. Why is this important, you may ask? Standards provide a common language and framework that enable interoperability, data security, and quality assurance. In the dynamic world of smart campus development, adopting standards is essential to ensure that technologies work seamlessly together, data is handled responsibly, and results are reliable.
  • David: The Art of Stakeholder Engagement

    • David, our resident expert in stakeholder engagement, spearheaded efforts to connect with a diverse range of campus stakeholders. From students and academic staff to administrative teams, he ensured that every voice was heard. Why is this crucial? A smart campus isn’t just about technology; it’s about enhancing the campus experience for everyone. David’s role was instrumental in gathering insights, feedback, and specific requirements that formed the bedrock of our project.
  • Ashik: The User Advocate

    • Ashik, with his recent experience as a student, became the voice of the user. He drew upon his insights as a student to help define the requirements and solutions that would truly resonate with the campus community. Why is this perspective valuable? In the world of smart campus development, it’s not just about implementing technology for its own sake; it’s about creating solutions that address real needs and make a positive impact on the daily lives of students and staff.

    Embracing the KnowNow methodology was instrumental in steering our project toward success. By meticulously researching global trends, engaging with diverse stakeholders, and applying internationally recognised standards, we didn’t just implement technology; we crafted a tailored solution that genuinely met the unique needs of our university partner.

    This holistic approach ensured that every decision we made was data-driven, sustainable, and, most importantly, meaningful for the entire campus community. The KnowNow methodology wasn’t just a guide; it was the compass that led us to a brighter, smarter future for our university.

    David Patterson

    The KnowNow Approach: Research, Data, and Sustainability

    Our journey was guided by a well-defined approach:

    1. Research and Assessment: We embarked on extensive research to understand global smart campus trends, industry best practices, and the most accepted standards. This research formed the foundation upon which we built our recommendations.

    2. Stakeholder Engagement: David’s expert engagement strategies ensured that we heard and understood the diverse needs and aspirations of everyone connected to the campus.

    3. Data Management Excellence: Leveraging our proprietary KnowNow Data Management Canvas, we meticulously evaluated existing data related to campus spaces and assets. This process helped us identify gaps, prioritize data needs, and highlight opportunities for improvement.

    4. Sustainability at the Core: Sustainability was not just a buzzword but a guiding principle throughout our project. We recommended energy-efficient solutions, environmentally conscious practices, and responsible resource allocation to align with the university’s sustainability goals.

    5. Inclusivity Enhancement: We recommend strategies and technologies to enhance inclusivity, promote accessibility, and create a campus environment where all individuals felt a sense of belonging.

    6. Data-driven Decision Framework: To support data-driven decision-making, we outlined a structured framework for data collection, analysis, and reporting.

    The agenda for a workshop for the KnowNow Data Management Canvas

    This is the agenda for the workshops for the KnowNow Data Management Canvas. Each workshop takes around 3-4 hours and generates a report which can help you to build your overall information strategy.


    The Outcome: The Intelligent Campus of the Future

    Our transformative project delivered to the customer information and opportunity:

    • A comprehensive report outlining a roadmap to transform the campus into a smart and sustainable environment.
    • Enhanced inclusivity and accessibility achieved through innovative technologies and infrastructure improvements.
    • A more sustainable campus, reducing its environmental impact and promoting responsible resource allocation.
    • A structured data management system that empowers the university to make informed decisions and measure the impact of smart campus initiatives.

    In Closing

    Our recent project is a testament to what can be achieved when expertise, commitment, and a vision for a smarter future come together. As we continue to pioneer advancements in smart city and campus development, we remain dedicated to creating environments that enhance the lives of students, staff, and communities.

    Ready to embark on your own journey toward the intelligent campus? Let’s make it happen together. Reach out to us today to explore how KnowNow Information can help you transform your campus into a beacon of innovation, inclusivity, and sustainability. Join us in shaping the intelligent campus of the future—get in touch now via email at or via the comments below.