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Real Time Occupancy Rates to Soon be Available for On-Campus Study Spaces at Cal Poly

Contact: Aaron Lambert

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Kennedy Library Transformation team is launching the Waitz mobile app to help increase access to Cal Poly’s study areas and make it easier to track availability of on-campus spaces, during the university’s ongoing library renovation.

The Waitz app will allow students and members of the campus community to check real-time occupancy of the study spaces so they can save time and know before they go.

“This is a great tool that will make it easier for students to navigate campus and access the spaces that they need quickly,” said Mike McCormick, associate vice president of Facilities Management and Development.

Waitz will launch the week of Oct. 9 with the C-7 and H-11 study structures and will expand to the Hub24 and Sierra Madre study spaces before expanding throughout the quarter to other existing temporary study locations.

Using predictive analytics, the app relays the busiest times of day for specific study areas and forecasts how occupied the space will be by the week, day or even hour, letting users know if a study site is potentially busy.

The app has been successfully implemented at other universities across the nation, including (among others): Boston College; Texas State University; University of Wisconsin, Madison; the State University of New York, Brockport; the University of Texas at Dallas; and the University of Central Florida.

All information collected by the app goes through a data anonymization process that removes personally identifiable information from data sets and complies with strict privacy regulations. Occuspace, the parent company of Waitz, adheres to industry-leading best practices to ensure the protection and confidentiality of all information gathered.

Waitz can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

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