QA Graphics Develops Cloud-Ready Web Application to Simplify Display of Live Building Data

QA Graphics has updated their Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard product to simplify the display of live building data and ability to provide education about sustainable building practices. The new cloud-ready web application eliminates many security roadblocks during the integration process.

Ankeny, IA, November 10, 2010 --( QA Graphics announces the release of version 2.0 of their Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard (EEED), an interactive solution used by organizations to display real-time building data and educate occupants on sustainable building practices. Version 2.0 is a fully standalone web-based application that can be integrated into any IT framework, eliminating many security roadblocks.

“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’ve made a number of product enhancements to the Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard, so integration is a simple plug-and-play process that breaks through IT roadblocks,” said McCarty.

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.

Data Manager
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/monthly/yearly increments; with v2.0, hourly data is also available. Displaying baseline building data has also been simplified, making it easier and faster to compare actual building data to relevant industry standards.

“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’s energy efficiencies/green features. The light application can be installed anywhere with a web server with PHP5 installed, whether that be on QA Graphics’ all-in-one hardware solutions, other hardware, desktops already in place at an organization, or a web-hosted environment.

A number of educational modules have been enhanced, including demonstrations, interactive quizzes, checklists displaying how LEED® certification was achieved, monitoring graphs to display real-time water/electric/gas use, etc., weather widgets, green tips, leaderboards and more. Other modules allow the application to serve as an overall building display, including advertising space, area attractions maps, building directories, calendar systems, menus and more.

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® Innovation in Design Green Education and Innovation in Design School as a Teaching Tool credits under LEED®, and a variety of points under The Green Building Initiative’s™ Green Globes® green building rating and assessment system. To learn more, visit

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’ building performance and sustainable initiatives. Visit to learn more.

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Sarah Erdman