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Keeping campus powered up: the role of USB charging

Mobile devices are increasingly the tool of choice for education says MK Electric

Posted by Hannah Oakman | December 04, 2015 | Higher education

At universities, where many students rely on their laptops, smartphones, and tablets for work and personal use, the ability to keep these devices charged up is critical.The proliferation of mobile devices among students, as well as concerns over environmental impact and cost, is encouraging many education institutions to digitise their services. [1] Online essay submissions and virtual learning materials are now standard, making tablets and laptops a necessity, not a luxury, for student life.

However, a study by the University of Texas revealed that students expressed “considerable frustration” with the number and location of power outlets available to them on campus.[2] In recent years, a number of universities have committed to increasing the number of outlets to match growing demand, but there’s a much simpler solution.

The majority of mobile devices students rely on are USB-powered, and can be charged using a USB cable. If universities take the easy, cost-effective step of installing USB integrated sockets on-site, they instantly make their facilities more attractive and useful for their students.

Traditionally, the most popular form of USB charging has been the standalone module; however, recently manufacturers have added a second option to the mix: USB ports integrated into a standard twin socket. This allows universities to integrate USB charging functionality into their existing power points, taking advantage of existing wiring and circuitry in a cost-effective manner.

Solutions like the MK Electric USB Integrated Socket allow four devices to be charged at once – two plugs, two USBs – for the days that students are fighting over power outlets. The MK Integrated Socket is ideal for shared work spaces, for example, where multiple students could be relying on their devices for a long time in order to work on a group project. In these moments, getting the right power from the USB socket is crucial.

MK Electric has integrated its USB charging capabilities into its iconic product portfolio providing an optimal and efficient way to charge devices through Dynamic Device Recognition (DDR). DDR ensures that whatever make or model you charge, the device recognises the socket as it would its own charger, drawing current in the way that best suits its design.  For students, this means a quick burst of power when they need it the most.

Supporting the student lifestyle is an absolute must for any university. By adopting USB charging, universities will ensure they provide the facilities and services that students, faculty, and support staff sorely need in the mobile age.

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[2]University of Texas

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