This past year I was consumed by setting up an operations team that could be sold. Of course I was part of the sale and now that the deed is done, I am back thinking about Energy Dashboards for a Greener built environment.
To recap my interest in Energy Dashboards: It is a multi-disciplinary approach to develop template(s) for Energy Dashboards. The approach does not develop dashboards, instead it provides a Open common framework to build interoperable and consistent Energy Dashboards in the future. The disciplines include but are not limited to: The built environment [Architecture/Urban planning], Standards [governance], Instrumentation [measurement of energy input/out by appliances or the environment, Electrical Engineering], Data Repositories [CS, Data minining, Numeric analysis] and Sensors and Transmission of Data [CS and Electrical engineering]
As a concrete example of a Dashboard: Consider a wireless sensor buried in each front yard in the community that transmits amount of water sprinkled and the amount of pesticide in the lawn. The sensor transmits this to the wireless mesh of routers, on its way to a data repository. The repository is transparent and can we viewed as part of a social network. Ultimately, the dashboard is the community view of the data repository.
A year later, I have initiated contact with Western Michigan University, to help me realize this idea that I blogged about back in November 2008, December 2009 and then continued to build upon through my software modelling paper at DePaul. This coming fall the focus will be on preping for Numeric Analysis and Data mining, which actually means I will sit in a couple of calculus classes at KVCC and then follow that up with in Spring at WMU as a Guest Student. Come fall of next year if all goes well, I will be part of a multi-disciplinary team driving the initiative to set templates and Standards for Energy Dashboards for a Greener built Environment.
Inter disciplinary approach:
There are 5 major domains that require to be loosely coupled to make the dream of pervasive “Dashboards for a Greener built environment” a reality. They are summed up in the illustration below. In the end we need standards that drive appliance manufactures to provide instrumentation data that is available to the consumers. We need standards that drive creating of Data repositories that store efficiency data that will be freely available to consumers. We need standards for our built environment that makes adoption of energy conservation a reality.