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|Energy Efficiency Education
A web application that educates building occupants by showcasing real-time energy data and green building features.
Content Marketing Manager
Graphics has created an Energy Efficiency Education Dashboards® (EEED)
which is a web application that educates building occupants by
showcasing real-time energy data and green building features.
This application uses a data manager to collect the building automation
system information. A Data Manager is custom made software that
accurately and efficiently captures data from the QA Gateway using
Microsoft SQL. Built using Microsoft.NET framework to run as a Windows
service, the Data Manager is the backend application to QA Graphic’s
Energy Efficiency Education Dashboards® and serves as the middleware
between the BAS gateway and the EEED.
QA Graphic’s Data Manager can import and export historical data and create manual entry points or add existing points from the building automation system. Allowing you to compare and share your building data in the form of an education dashboard.
For years, QA Graphics used a “JACE” or Java Application
from Tridium in the data manager to collect the statistics for the
Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard®. The JACE has worked well, as
Tridium has revolutionized the BAS industry the last 15 or so years for
their mindset of open development platforms. Using Java-based Niagara
software since its inception, Tridium had over 300,000 instances of
their Niagara framework deployed worldwide in 2012. Pioneering the use
of Linux-based BAS computers with a small form factor to simplify
system integration for the BAS industry.
As the JACE has served its purpose well and will continue to be a top competitor, there is a new system in town that is taking the world by storm called, Raspberry Pi. Raspberry Pi has been around since 2012, but the newest version released in February 2016 is packing a big punch as the latest technology that has the potential to have a transformative effect on the HVAC controls industry. Don’t let the Raspberry Pi 3’s small stature (about a credit card to be exact) misguide you.
A few upgraded features of the Raspberry Pi 3 which are used in the QA Gateway Device include:
Being able to function as a web server and store a sufficient amount of data, the Raspberry Pi 3 uses DSA’s open source IoT platform and data managing software. Enabling the QA Gateway to communicate and harnesses this technology with their QA Gateway that partners with their EEED. The new communication channel will allow for data collection via BACnet or Modbus protocol networked to the Data Manager.
The Raspberry Pi 3 and JACE both have their positives
You need to take into consideration what is best for you and your
These controllers have similar hardware feature sets, but profoundly
different pricing. The noteworthy differences in current applications
for both devices require additional context to provide a fair
Some interesting points are:
is more to learn about both devices and as talked about, taking into
consideration when deciding which is best for your project and pocket
Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard - The EEED is a web application that educates building occupants by showcasing real-time energy data and green building features. The EEED highlights sustainable efforts made in the design and construction of a building, which may help acquire points toward LEED® certification. QA Graphics’ dashboards are used by schools, universities, businesses, healthcare facilities, and data centers. Applications can be displayed in a common area via large format kiosk displays or on any web-enabled device.
About QA Graphics - QA Graphics is a leader in the building automation and green building industries. The company specializes in HVAC graphic development services, system graphics, floor plan graphics, and Energy Efficiency Education Dashboards™ (EEEDs). These dashboards help organizations teach occupants about building performance and sustainability. The company also provides marketing solutions such as interactive applications, 3D design and animation, UX design, videos, and more. Visit www.qagraphics.com to learn more.
About the Author
Jessica Johnson is QA Graphic’s Content Marketing Manager, graduating from Iowa State University.
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