The University of Guelph uses Carousel digital signage software from Tightrope Media Systems along with BrightSign media players to power a unique Energy Dashboard. We convert the raw data from their Building Automation System into a beautiful, graphical display of information for visitors to participate in the renewable energy movement.
Nominating Company: Tightrope Media Systems, St. Paul, Minnesota
Venue: University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Project: University of Guelph Renewable Energy Dashboard
Category: Education & Healthcare
The primary objective was to allow students, managers and the general public to view the power meters, gauges and otherwise tap into the Building Automation System (BAS).
The University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada is a research-intensive and learner-centered school of excellence in the arts and sciences. Sharing building metrics has multiple benefits for multiple groups of users. Electrical, steam and chilled water consumption, rainwater capture, Co2 and cost savings are used directly by students. In their studies, it is used as a monitoring device for facilities managers, as a public awareness/marketing tool aimed at high school students and their parents, and for the wider campus community and general public — all to help project an image of sustainability, stewardship, dissemination of information and measurement of impact.
The biggest challenge was safety, security and general coordination issues with having students in operational areas to view the BAS.
Our challenges were overcome by creating and installing an Energy Dashboard in the atrium of the School of Engineering at the University of Guelph. This allows a visual representation of the information to be disseminated to a centralized public space.
Touring of the physical space of the BAS went down, decreasing the need for security clearances and other precautionary measures. The University of Guelph has also received positive response from students and touring groups of potential students and their parents. The public awareness it has created, and the added bonus of it being a marketing piece, wasn’t a part of the original vision, but is now one of the main positive outcomes.