Digitization drives Smart Education

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In recent times we have become accustomed to hearing that education in colleges, institutes and universities It is practically the same as it was 50 years ago, while a large part of its students already function naturally in the digital world in which they were born.

The reality is that there has been a progressive incorporation from the new information technologies to the educational field within a hybrid context. Although the great boom, at least in the eyes of the general public, has taken place over the past few months, when the coronavirus pandemic forced both schools and students and their families to undertake a hasty process of digitization .

This has only accelerated and highlighted, with more force if possible, the great importance of innovation and technology for the necessary evolution of education in Spain, an aspect that is decisive for the future of the country and its society. However, this process has a reach significantly mayr to which we perceive, since it is not exclusively a question of being able to do the same, albeit remotely, but of promoting our entry into a new era, in which intelligent education will be the engine of a new, more advanced society prepared to address the challenges ahead.

There are innumerable changes brought about by increasing digitization, which in turn are being the germ of new needs and technological developments. One of its direct consequences is the exponential increase in data. According to IDC, the volume of data created or replicated reached 64.2 zettabytes in 2020, a figure that is expected to reach 175 zettabytes in 2025. It is an unstoppable process that is making it necessary to development of communication networks increasingly faster and more powerful, such as the new 5G networks, as well as increasingly advanced management and data storage systems, including cloud technologies.

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Smart education will be the engine of a new society more advanced and prepared to face the challenges ahead

This trend can be extended to the educational field where, due to the increase in tele-training, there has been a growing demand for remote services that require greater storage capacity. In addition, the evolution experienced in all disciplines, especially those related to research and laboratory activities, have promoted developments aimed at achieving a greater capacity for computing and massive data processing. In this sense, high-performance computing (HPC) storage systems help reduce deadlines, lower costs and accelerate innovation.

Likewise, the huge volume of information has made it necessary to address the analysis and management of the Big Data in order to facilitate a more systematic and sophisticated approach in different environments, such as administrative, covering aspects such as data related to campus personnel, to financial records and physical assets.

Along with this, another of the great technological challenges that have had to be addressed in the educational environment is that of hyperconnectivity. In this sense, universities began deploying WiFi some 20 years ago, a technology that has been consolidated and will continue to evolve in the future. In fact, in recent years there has been the development of the WiFi6, This standard has been pioneered by Huawei and has been increasingly introduced on university campuses – both in teaching spaces and in other areas, such as residences, auditoriums, office areas and offices and the environment of the university. campus in general-, promoting the improvement of bandwidth, concurrency, latency and energy consumption.

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In Spain, it is worth highlighting a framework of Connected Schools projects, most of them channeled through Red.es, which has led to the public schools of the different Autonomous Communities to deploy a centralized Wi-Fi network for management and authentication.

Likewise, the transformation that is taking place in the educational field has led to an important evolution of tools that for a long time has been common to see in the classroom. This is the case of blackboards or smart displays, which have progressed to become complete solutions that, by integrating functions such as telepresence, electronic whiteboard and cloud videoconferencing, not only allow access to a wide variety of resources and content, but also open up new possibilities for digital collaboration between teams . This is the basis for new concepts such as IdeaHub, developed by Huawei.

But, in addition, the field of education is an especially conducive field for the application of technologies such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), that provide truly incredible user experiences, stimulating the imagination, and facilitating more practical and intuitive learning, in areas such as professional training or disciplines that require highly accurate simulations, such as surgery or aeronautics.

In short, we are moving towards a world in which knowledge and education are essential assets for the advancement of our social and economic environment. This implies promoting an increasingly intelligent education, The promotion of which requires the development of infrastructures, solutions and tools, together with the construction of bridges that allow narrowing the digital divide, promoting educational opportunities and helping to improve the quality of teaching.

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By Víctor Jiménez, IP CTO of Huawei Enterprise Business Spain

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