Detroit, ACI 2014

Chances are you were at the ASHRAE 62.2 debate, if you were at ACI last Thursday morning. While you were venting about exhaust or listening to Dr Joe drop F-bombs there was a quiet revolution taking place in room 330.

The WiFi revolution.

Retrotec and The Energy Conservatory - the two giants of pressure diagnostic tools- collaborated to show us the future. A future where a manometer is a “SmartGauge” that runs any test and logs the data into an Excel spreadsheet sans manual entry. It is a future where audit and quality control reports are created and saved instantly online. The process is intuitive and user friendly, a future where we test smarter with better results.

For Retrotec the future is here. Joe Medosch & J West took the risk to use a smartphone for the entire presentation - demonstrating live how a common smartphone can act as a remote control for the gauge, a WiFi hotspot and an internet connection. This allows the user to simultaneously control multiple SmartGauges remotely, connect to the internet and share the screen (showing the Virtual Gauge app), use the camera on the tablet to show the actual fan setup to anywhere in the world, and of course send the test data to the cloud. Retrotec’s smart gauges and supporting apps provide a new take on testing ducts for leakage to the outside with a tablet computer


Joe also mentioned that Retrotec is almost ready to launch beta testing what they call the rCloud. An intuitive tablet app with a web based storage system that will perform a RESNET test and save the results online and display the location on an interactive map. The user enters the street address and zip code - the rCloud app then goes to the nearest weather station and gets the outside temperature and similar conditions. rCloud also queries Zillow for the age and square footage of the house.

The next generation of testing and QA is here, SmartGauges and intuitive software are starting a revolution.

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