Johnson Controls creates learning lab at University Technical College
Johnson Controls has created an interactive teaching environment equipped with building-management systems for the Sir Charles Kao University Technical College in Harlow. Called The Box, it provides students with technical education that equips them with the skills and experience wanted by the industry.
A Metasys BMS was designed, supplied and installed by Johnson Controls for the project, which is integrated in a normal classroom setting. The Box has sensors for measuring temperature, light and humidity. It has been configured into two spaces — a teaching space and a plant/maintenance space.
The rooms have a Metasys BMS, air-handling equipment and environmental controls — all connected via a new ICT architecture providing live interaction with the environment. Students will be able to program a BMS, measure air temperatures and humidity, calculate energy consumption, automatically control lights, control systems remotely over Wi-Fi via tablets or their own smart phones etc.
University Technical Colleges (UTC) are for students aged 14 to 19 and focus on delivering technical education by engaging young people and meeting the needs of modern business. Each UTC has 500 to 800 students. The Government plans to open a total of 55 UTCs throughout the country by the end of 2017.