Volume 31 Issue 5 - July 7, 2017 PDF
The NCKU Smart Campus Project: An Experiment Towards Smart Cities
Tay-Sheng Jeng*, Cheng-An Pan
Department of Architecture, National Cheng Kung University
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Smart city” has become the new trend of the world’s city development in the 21st century. The traditional cities are composed of concrete, steels, bricks, and glass. Unlike traditional cities, a smart city develops its nervous system through the Internet, supporting the daily life of billions of people. The city's nervous system manages the operation of space and infrastructure, and then with the public portable devices, Internet of things, and artificial intelligence, the city more and more smart. The city infrastructure will continue to be upgraded and evolved. In the future, a large and number of smart technologies that control our physical world and provide intelligent living services is no longer a dream.

In order to develop the smart city, NCKU initiated a smart campus project supported by Architecture and Building Research Institute, Ministry of the Interior since 2016. The smart campus project takes the NCKU campus as a micro-city experimental field. The NCKU smart campus is developed in six dimensions: mobility, environment, sustainability, health, education, and data, which is in short called MESHED. The goal is to install sensor networks, smart infrastructure, cloud services in the NCKU smart campus. Through the analysis of big data, innovation and integration services, as well as the development of new business models, the NCKU smart campus draws a blueprint for the next century’s city of the future.

The first-year pilot experiment has transformed the C-Hub courtyard from a rural space into a smart, green, and interactive base in support of creative activities in the College of Planning and Design. The construction and installation include the sensor networks that can sense atrium outdoor air quality, and smart meters that can monitor the sue of electricity. The second-year experimental projects include air quality management system through sensor networks spreading out of the entire campus, eco-museum with i-beacons installation in the main campus, and a self-served public biking system. The experimental projects are followed by analysis of big data, innovation of public services, as well as the development of new business models to optimize the cost and methods. In the third year, the NCKU smart campus project will be integrated into the Tainan city to build a collaborative initiative. The NCKU smart campus project has proven a paradigm shift with a concept of the triple helix of university-industry-government relationship, which fills the gap in the region’s innovation environment.
Figure 1: the C-Hub courtyard rebuilt with air quality sensors and smart electricity meters

Figure 2: the NCKU Smart Campus is installed with sensor networks to monitor air quality in campus
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