Implementing the largest Community College IoT Project in the World: CCAC invests in a smarter campus that will safely and sustainably welcome generations of future students
Community College of Allegheny County has partnered with Johnson Controls to implement a smart campus solution project on CCAC’s campuses (North, Boyce, Allegheny, South and West Hills Center). The project involved upgrading the HVAC system to provide healthier indoor air quality and implementing new collection data points, new LED lighting and an AI-powered building automation system.
These changes are improving the student experience, and at the same time, transforming CCAC into a more sustainable campus. As a result of data-powered optimization and technology upgrades, energy consumption in updated buildings will be reduced by at least 20%.
Leveraging a combination of federal relief dollars and available capital, Johnson Controls experts are leading the school’s $11.2 million modernization plan. This includes adding more than 17,400 new points of control across 13 buildings, making it the largest community college IoT installation in world.
Data is the keystone to this initiative. IoT sensors placed in classrooms will measure real-time occupancy rates, allowing HVAC systems to automatically activate airflow to improve overall indoor air quality (IAQ)and mitigate harmful airborne particulates, including viruses. These sensors communicate with Johnson Controls building management systems to deliver AI-powered decision-making, minimizing the need for 24/7 human interaction. LED lighting upgrades will further improve the student experience by creating a welcoming and comfortable environment designed for productivity, while updated control panels address the school’s deferred maintenance backlog.
The Key to a Healthy, Sustainable and Smart Campus is Data
The resulting campus will be powerfully connected by data analytics. In addition to fostering healthy and comfortable spaces, the insights provided by sensor technology will also allow for elastic space management, ensuring every room is utilized to provide the most value to students and staff.
Dena Rose Buzila