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QA Graphics Develops Cloud-Ready Web Application to Simplify Display of Live Building Data
QA Graphics’ Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard has been updated to simplify the display of live building data and sustainable building education. The cloud-ready web application eliminates security roadblocks during the integration process.
By: QA Graphics
“As our customer base expands, we’ve found that some organizations require a solution with as few integration steps as possible,” said Dan McCarty, president and owner of QA Graphics. “We’
The EEED is now a fully encapsulated application that runs as a standalone client or software as a service with no browser constraints. QA Graphics chose to develop the application to run on an Adobe Integrated Runtime platform, Adobe AIR®, because it doesn’t require the use of multiple software or third-party resources and is capable of cloud computing. The data is fully encrypted as it’s transferred across the network, and because of its adaptability, the application is configurable to any network, resulting in fewer integration obstacles. The EEED can also be used across multiple operating systems including hardware solutions, desktops and mobile devices.
QA Graphics’ Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard is broken into several components, each of which has been significantly updated:
The Gateway is a device specifically designed for the EEED to communicate with a building automation system or metering device to access real-time building data that is then relayed to QA Graphics’ Data Manager. The Gateway can communicate with multiple protocols simultaneously now, including: BACnet IP, BACnet MS/TP, LON, Modbus RTU, and Modbus TCP.
The Data Manager is a fully encapsulated web-based application that collects the live building data to distribute it both internally and externally for viewing on the Dashboard. The Data Manager is the central communication hub between the Dashboard, Gateway and database which stores the building data. Version 2.0 of this application allows it to poll any web server and make the data available through the encapsulated web service. It automatically provides the Dashboard with real-time information and configures the database to accept this new data.
Previously, the EEED could poll real-time building data to display it in weekly/daily/
“These updates allow us to provide the Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard as a fully standalone solution that is much more accessible for organizations with strict IT protocols,” said McCarty. “It opens up a number of possibilities to display real-time data across a variety of industries. We are currently in the process of developing applications to display real-time data for the process industry.”
The Dashboard is the final display for viewers, consisting of a series of graphical user interface (GUI) screens that creatively display the organization’
A number of educational modules have been developed or enhanced, including educational demonstrations, green feature pages, interactive quizzes, checklists displaying how LEED® certification was achieved, monitoring graphs to display real-time water/electric/
QA Graphics has always offered the Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard as a product to provide its customers with full control of the application and data. With the flexibility of version 2.0, the application continues to be offered as a product, but it also allows QA Graphics’ business partners to offer the EEED as a software as a service solution to their customers.
Energy Efficiency Education Dashboards are utilized by schools, universities, restaurants, commercial businesses, government organizations and more. They help earn points towards green building certification programs, contributing towards satisfying the U.S. Green Building Council’s®
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About QA Graphics
QA Graphics is an innovative graphic development company specializing in the green building industry. The company is an industry leader in the design of graphical user interfaces (GUI) and award-winning energy education dashboards used to showcase organizations’