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Green Button: The Role of Mobile Devices in Information Exchange


Whether the goal is to save at the pump, protect the environment or make informed decisions about energy use, mobile applications, coupled with AppCessories are empowering people to control their energy usage and increase energy efficiency. All of that and spur the economy too? It’s true. According to the news from The White House “Data from various government and non-government sources can literally fuel new companies, new products, and new features that can improve Americans’ lives.” In the ever-increasingly-complex world of daily data exchange the US government has picked up on this method of symbolizing data communication, and with the successful proliferation of the Blue Button initiative (an effort launched at the VHA to make health records more readily and securely available to patients), several governmental agencies are now laying claim to the eliminate spectrum of colorized, so-called “Button Initiatives”. Now, with the touch of a Green Button, consumers learn more about their energy consumption from the energy providers and devices around them which should come as no surprise. It could be said that if the 2000’s were the era of true mobile communication, then the 2010’s might be the decade of consumer information in motion, the regrouping and reformatting of usage profiles for a public on the go and the practical realization of several government initiatives to make consumer-relative electronic data accessible to the public it serves. So – what is the Green Button? According to, the Executive Branch of the US Federal government’s citizen outreach program … The Green Button initiative gives utility customers easy access to their electricity usage data … this data file can then be shared with third party developers who can provide valuable context, analysis, and other functions based on that usage data.”

Based upon the Energy Information Standards (EIS) Alliance’s, common data framework for communication of energy data, the “Green Button” initiative was initiated as a national collaborative project, by the White House and the Department of Energy. It is exciting to observe that policymakers and utilities are beginning to see what the EIS Alliance has always maintained; that the key to Smart Grid, and particularly customer engagement, is customer-owned, customer-controlled and customer-friendly energy management and information. “The EIS Alliance is proud to have played a foundational role in these developments, said Chris Kotting the EIS executive director.

Already, there are a significant number of mobile apps that read, interpret and present this data to the end user; mobile applications that will, as suggested within the government’s site, offer recommendations as to how the energy customer might decrease their usage.

Looking deeper at the apps, it is clear that the communication is largely set up to go one-way. A current Green Button-enabled app might, for instance, see that the user’s household energy consumption during “away-from-home” hours is significantly higher than the regional or national average for the season – which is a huge leap forward; but at Advantage, we see an opening for innovation in the communication channel wherein the user is invited to program a household’s thermostat from his iPhone or Android Galaxy, to better match these averages. Even further, we envision mobile apps that are smart-enough to be set by the homeowner to adjust the household’s energy settings automatically; a “let’s give it a try” setting wherein new or existing homeowners might see “how it feels” to go greener, with the intent that most homeowners might not notice the difference (except when it came to their carbon footprint, pocketbook or energy savings readout).

The White House’s Blue Button initiative focuses on information formatting for exchange between record management systems and the patient or care-giver. The Green Button protocol invites machines & devices into the mix, allowing for the initial data entered to be provided by devices themselves (such as thermostats, AC units, appliances, gas meters, etc.). Taking this a few steps further, if we introduce mobile devices into the mix, then we begin to see whole new capabilities, such as a cross-comparison of your household data versus another’s (based on particular environmental conditions, for example). For instance, it might be useful for a homeowner who has tracked their household’s energy consumption in one environment to see the potential energy savings by taking readings on a new home’s environment based on input sampled during an open house tour (square footage entry, barometric pressure, temperature, etc.). This sort of expansion of the communication channels and the introduction of a mobile device both culminate to new options such as the influx of location-based data. We’re just beginning to see the impact of intelligent mobile application development; however, soon enough, we’ll begin to feel it as well, fortunately mostly in the pocketbook. Imagine the positive impact an integrated mobile application might have for your next smart-energy device. Empower your users with a next-generation Advantage Mobile Application for their mobile phone or tablet. Advantage is able to deliver integration of your product or system to iPod, iPad, iPhone, Android smartphone or tablet controller.

A Cool App to Warm Your Home or Office

3In addition to Apple, iPhone, iPad, iPod control, Advantage Mobile Application Development is proud to bring to life our new heated window controller app for the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone (available on the Google Play app store). This Android app remotely-controls the remarkable patented radiant-heated windows which are designed to use very little power (and also developed by our engineering team). The windows are designed to operate in two modes, in a thermal barrier mode and as an active radiant heating system. While they have the added benefit of heating a room (from room temperature to well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit), the two-pane glass is actually cool to the touch on the outside surface, thus demonstrating the retention of the heat inside the home or office which helps to reduce the estimated 53% of heat normally lost through windows. The new Samsung mobile app adds remote control capabilities through a graphical user interface that allows the user to turn any of three linked windows in a set ON or OFF, as well as allowing users to set a range of temperatures for each window in order to meet the desires of the inhabitants or that of the building manager. When tied in with a larger radiant glass installation network, the app also allows a building manager to assign and control multiple sets of these windows.

Whether the goal is to turn up the heat or to keep the heat contained, the radiant-heated window controller app allows you to do so from the comfort of your chair. Who knew going green could be so cool … or warm?

Going Green Makes Sense for Your Innovation Dollars

Newsletter-Image5There are a lot of ways for a manufacturer to “go green” and doing so might not be as difficult as you think. Of course, there are dramatic changes, such as the uprooting and re-sourcing of entire materials supply chains, Add to that the more-subtle shifts such as informing consumers on how best to manage their existing appliance’s settings. While supply chain considerations can garner good karma, it’s often the smaller, easier tools (spread out among the populous) that have the greatest impact on our collective environment.

It’s important to consider that consumers don’t go out of their way to not be green. In fact, a Yahoo! Home Horizons online study points out that 50% of those polled consider energy-efficient appliances and materials a requirement of their dream home – more important to their vision of a home than “water views” (at 38%) or “Mountain views” (at 32%). So where is the disconnect between home buyers looking for smarter, greener appliances and the consumer products they seek?

Commercial buildings no longer passively acquire green technologies but actively seek them! The new 75,000 sq. ft. – LEED certified, Golisano Institute for Sustainability in the Sustainability Institute Hall, on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus, is a perfect example of a green building that was designed with sustainable building technologies and energy systems that utilizes several energy reduction criteria, including energy-efficient radiantly heated windows designed by Advantage.

Advantage Electronic Product Development and the Advantage Mobile Application Development division work together to bridge electronics hardware and the control of them via mobile devices. The day is here that individuals can control a building’s carbon footprint by remotely-accessing various aspects of its app-enabled hardware. Our design and development team is ready to connect your product with your customer’s mobile device, giving them control of energy usage while utilizing the simple, greener operation options they want and are asking for.

Advantage Mobile Application Development’s newly released Advantage Energy Efficiency Core™ is a chip-based, hardware and software networking solution that can be custom-modified to connect everyday mobile devices such as Android tablets, smartphones, iPads, iPhones and even iPods with existing or upcoming products. Going green really can be as simple as adding a mobile app and empowering your customer with the tools to manage their energy consumption decisions. Advantage Mobile Application Development is ready to help map your team’s “going green strategy”. Contact us today to see how green technology can be added to your product line, how we can empower your clients to make better energy-usage decisions.

What can an Advantage Mobile Application Development and Product Development do for your electronic product? Contact us to find out.

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