DGLogik's Visualization Platform - DGLux
Eugene Mazo, CEO of DGLogik, interviewed by Ken Sinclair
Can you tell me a little bit about DGLogik and your visualization platform - DGLux?
Sure, DGLogik is a company that creates technology for maximizing data usability through intelligent visualization. We believe that in order for any audience to understand and be able to take quick actions and make better decisions based on the sea of data they have at hand, a visual story needs to be told. DGLogik technology brings data to life through effective visualization and allows you to tell thought provoking, engaging stories.
DGLux, our flexible “Drag & Drop” visualization platform enables you to deliver a powerful story using real-time, data-driven dashboards and user interfaces on web, desktop, and mobile. With DGLux, we have removed the constraints of having to hire developers to write code. We bridge the gap between designers and developers through a true visual programming environment. DGLux enables designers to take a project from inception to execution very quickly. Imagine interacting with an application that looks and behaves exactly as it was intended to. This is the power and flexibility that DGLux has been architected with from the ground up. Now you can build visually stunning interfaces and dashboards without ever writing a single line of code.
What are the advantages of joining the functions of the designer and developer through an intuitive, customizable visualization platform?
Through the DGLux “drag and drop” programming environment, anyone can easily create dashboards and applications. The “what you see is what you get” visualization allows you to create user interfaces which function exactly the way you intend them to. By significantly reducing time and money spent on project design, creation, and deployment, companies will save time and money in creating their own personal user experiences.
What is the importance of dashboards and visualization within the building automation industry?
Ken, you always say that the building automation industry needs to make “the invisible become visible” and that the sea of data, which our buildings create, can become a powerful asset. Dashboards and customized visualization is the solution for allowing management, engineers, building operators, and executives to properly utilize building systems data. It is proven that building performance visualization enables better analysis, well informed decisions, and lower costs.
We have taken this concept a step further, because we believe that with visualizing data, there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution. Different data needs different ways of being presented in order to make the biggest impact on the audience. This is what we have done, we have given DGLux users the ability to visualize any type of data in any way, without dictating one way or another like so many other solutions do.
Nobody knows your business like you do. You should have your data clearly organized in a fashion which makes sense for your specific goals.
With a customized GUI, you can interact with your building intelligence rendered with true-to-life graphics in a clearly understandable format. By having a personalized analytics system, you can enhance energy analysis, monitoring, troubleshooting, load shedding, property management, and cost comparison. Through educational kiosk displays, you can easily “tell your story” to the outsiders and showcase your building efficiency. You can have this customized GUI for every building, every device, all within minutes.
So how do you differ from your competitors?
Ken, this is a question we get very often. One thing to keep in mind is that DGLux is the most mature and sophisticated visualization technology available on the market today. Through the years of experience on real projects where DGLux has been deployed, we have implemented the richest set of functionality and workflows to assist the integrators in saving time where it matters. We focus on the functionality which will make designers and users more efficient ten-fold rather than saving a couple of minutes here and there. We have also removed the constraints of designers having only several options for graphics in putting together their interfaces. DGLux is so dynamic and customizable at the core, that imagination is the only constraint you will ever face.
We have noticed that DGLux has integrated with SkySpark, Schneider Electric, Niagara, XML, CSV, JSON, Salesforce and many other data providers. What are the advantages of linking multiple data providers through a singular user interface?
By connecting disparate systems through a single interface, all of your unorganized data is made available in one location. There is no longer a need to log into one system to get your energy analytics results, then log into another system to make adjustments to your HVAC and lighting schedules, and log into yet another system to see the financial impact of your BMS. You can now have a single point of entry and easily derive context which allows you to be faster reacting and make better-informed decisions. With a high end, visually stunning interface you have the tools to get the most out of your building automation solutions.
Today 95 percent of mobile employees have smart phones, up from 85 percent in 2010, with 91 percent using their smart phones for work – a 26 percent rise compared to 2010. With DGLux now available for all platforms including iOS and android, what do you feel the biggest advantages are for the building automation systems becoming mobile?
Our fast lifestyle has forced mobile devices to become a primary source of data consumption and task completion. We have developed native apps for iOS, android, blackberry playbook, and Windows mobile devices which all allow you to see your dashboards and application in the exact same format across all mobile and desktop platforms. With the ability to access your Building Management System (BMS) on the go, facility managers and building owners have the power to take action and make adjustments from anywhere in the world regardless of whether they are sitting in the office in front of a computer or walking their dog in the park. Imagine having the knowledge of your previous energy consumption habits including historical perspective, the ability to recognize problem areas immediately and the confidence in the optimal deployment and utilization of your assets in a single mobile interface. By linking all of your building automation systems into one mobile interface, you can interact with and manage any asset (lighting, HVAC, ect) through intuitive and simple to use controls tailored to your deployment, policies and processes.
What do you think the limitations of mobile BAS technology are? How do you see BAS mobility effecting the future of the building automation industry?
We believe that the current state of mobile technology is shattering the previous limitations of accessibility and real time visualization. To bring up a common example that we use, previously the only way to get data from an intelligent device, such as a light switch, and do some sort of analysis on it would be to export it out of a database somewhere into a spreadsheet, create some simple formulas in cells, and create a primitive graph that displays a somewhat meaningful visual representation of your analysis results. Now, through realistic and real-time visualization technologies such as DGLux, data from light switches, among hundreds of other devices, can be analyzed immediately, the devices can be turned on, up, down or off – through simple controls at your fingertips. BAS mobility will revolutionize the way building managers operate and conserve. I expect that once exposure of this state-of-the-art mobile technology increases, all will embrace the benefits of BAS visualization and mobile accessibility. Now, through BAS Mobility, you can manage your assets from anywhere, at any time, ensuring a level of involvement with your systems simply not achievable before.
Cross platform BAS visualization technologies such as DGLux, will change the way we analyze our data and monitor our building intelligence. It is only a matter of time until this BAS mobility will be implemented across all major building portfolios. Historically, the Building Automation industry has not been able to take advantage of the latest technological enhancements, especially when the enhancements have anything to do with mobile. I strongly believe that this needs to change, there is no reason not to keep up with the current technology in the Building Automation industry and take advantage of mobile flexibility. With mobile BAS technology available, you can now optimize your building performance beyond any standards of the past.
This has been great, I appreciate you coming out for an interview. I look forward to seeing this technology continue to grow and develop over the next couple of years.
Thank you for having me, it’s been a pleasure! We will be in touch.
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