It’s not a secret, there is a negative stigma towards data. Years of controversy around the way big business uses personal data to maximise profit has meant network users are tentative towards how their metadata is used.
Whilst data sometimes was used incorrectly, it can instead be harnessed to monitor and improve the well-being of student residents in multi-dwelling student accommodation. VostroNet has come up with few ways its generic data can be used to enhance student well-being.
But first, what type of data can be generated on a network?
What Types of Data can be Generated?
Every time a person uses the internet, they are producing data. For the VostroNet network, we see large generic flows of data around our network, the amount of overall data consumed at buildings and performance (throughput).
VostroNet’s Q2 Software Platform accumulates this data and displays it in an easy-to-read format so that building managers and network administrators can understand about their wireless environment.
This provides student accommodation building management with the following uses:
Applications of data to improve student well-being
For a student accommodation operator, student well-being and safety is paramount. VostroNet understands this concern and has built our student accommodation software-driven network to support the well-being of students.
Here are some of the ways our network can assist a student accommodation operator:
Notifying and checking in on Students
A significant issue a student accommodation building faces is the isolation of students. Specifically, a student who remains in their room for long periods of times and does not engage in social activities.
VostroNet can bridge the gap between the student and building administration. It does so via its advanced Analytics and Workflow engine and providing an outcome based on data. VostroNet can warn for long periods of inactivity within their rooms, providing a report for well-being officers to check-in on individuals.
Engagement with Social Events
With a lot of students not knowing any other individuals, particularly at the beginning of their accommodation stay, having social and engagement activities are extremely important for Student Accommodation Providers (PBSA) and University Halls.
Via the Platform, Accommodation Operators can increase student participation notifying students which are located within the facility during a particular time period inviting them to the event, such as a Pizza Day or Games function in the common area.
Safety and regulations
With sometimes hundreds of students living within close proximity, it is important that building safety standards are up to date. So how does VostroNet’s Q2 Platform help with maintaining safety in a student accommodation building?
The Platform can assist with safety regulations within a building. It does so by identifying when there are too many students within a room via device information and location awareness.
Another way VostroNet can improve safety for students is via online registering of visitors, particularly relevant during the event of a pandemic (such as the COVID-19 Virus). The Platform can manage information when users come and go.
Obtaining feedback and Student Retention
Keeping up-to-date with resident feedback is paramount in ensuring the building services are up to scratch. The Platform can offer the residents the ability to have their say on building services by notifying them online.
It is more cost-effective to retain students rather than get new students. Management can create ‘at risk’ profiles on students who aren’t engaged with building activities. Those users receive a prompt for feedback to ensure they know that their voices matter. Being proactive in student well-being should be paramount.
Location awareness and utilisation
Location awareness is a tool for building management to identify in-building events (i.e. wireless internet in pool areas, gyms and reception). Staff can then be allocated accordingly to assist students in these areas.
Administration can receive information on how often rooms and when the rooms are utilised within a building (i.e. common rooms, gyms, study rooms, outdoor space). This ensures those areas can have attention for cleaning or repair after significant use. The upkeep of shared areas will contribute to student satisfaction and in extension, well-being.
VostroNet Q2 Platform
VostroNet’s Q2 Software Platform allows management and outcomes based on the network data. The Platform smartly monitors and manages the wireless and wired network to optimise performance and uptime. It proactively alerts support staff when escalated engagement is required.
Having data to use responsibility is key to Accommodation Operators and providing the critical well-being services as well as value-add engagements for a complete, safe and fruitful experience.