Cytilife Founder Sabina Saksena Talks With Us About IoT, Sensors, AI and Health and Wellness
Sabina Saksena spent a lot of her career in the corporate world. She was a vice president of marketing at Coca Cola and also worked at PWC (Price Waterhouse Cooper). It was there where she was first exposed to IoT, AI and smart cities. Technology she knew would have a bigger role in the world.
Saksena realized that technologies like these could drive real change and improve people’s lives. She wanted to start with closed communities like corporate campus communities, college campus communities perhaps even retirement communities. After her daughter went off to college in Chicago, the decision was made to create a smart campus solution for college.
CytiLife is a platform and framework for a variety of things, but for now they’re starting with fitness, wellness and time management. All three of those things help improve student lives. While their lives on campus improve, they get better engaged and become more successful.
Georgia Tech is where it all started, as GTLyfe. Through a network of IoT sensors, AI and other technology, students on campus could get real time data on the availability of shared technology like the equipment in fitness rooms and gyms across campus. The availability of computers in shared computer labs and other communal parts of a college campus are all monitored for availability by the Cytilife app.
If a student wants to workout on cardio equipment they can see if the equipment is available in real time. Soon, students will be able to use Cytilife to see which dining halls and student center restaurants are crowded, saving time, which is extremely valuable on campus.
Last March Georgia Tech launched a pilot of Cytilife in their Campus Recreation Center (CRC). Using Cytilife’s smart campus platform they were able to reduce barriers and provide data insight toward students’ fitness goals.
- Find time for fitness
- See when equipment is available
- See what wait times are on CRC equipment
- Better coordinate schedules with friends to workout together
All of this is backed on data. Some of the future possibilities with a smart campus system like Cytilife are crystal clear. Is the health center crowded, is the student union crowded, can I get into the computer lab, are shared bicycles available. Looking beyond real time convenience there are definitive safety advantages to a smart campus network. There’s also the potential for a smart access system and a way to study students flow of traffic.
Using the Cytilife smart campus platform smart campuses will be able to eliminate “time sinks” on campus regardless of the infrastructure. Cytilife will reduce pain points and barriers for all dimensions of well being across college campuses.
Cytilife is really the next generation of campus life. Cytilife is in the Startup Alley at EDUCAUSE 2017 and you can find out much more online at cytilife.com