Data visualisation in the Nexo application

Grzegorz Michalski

If you have been following our publications on the Nexo app, you already know some of its capabilities. It is an IoT tool that allows you to manage multiple devices from different manufacturers in a unified way and create smart networks at the scale of a flat, a building, or even a city.

Manual data analysis 

In the article “Build a Smart Home and save energy with the Nexo app”, we have described one of Nexo’s functionalities: the ability to create simple and extensive schedules, facilitating the rational management of heat consumption. This option makes it possible to reduce energy expenses (which is what everyone cares about). How?

 It is essential to analyze the data collected to achieve the best possible results in terms of energy savings. Nexo collects and stores vast amounts of information from devices such as thermostatic heads, sensors, electrical sockets, etc. 

A suitable office program can be used to process this information and, with its help, create graphs and summaries. You can also analyse the data manually, but be aware that this will be time-consuming and subject to a high probability of error when dealing with data collected from dozens, hundreds, or perhaps thousands of devices.

Instead of doing it manually, analyse the data with Nexo.

You can work with the data in the above way, but there is no need to do so if you are working with Nexo. Nexo uses state-of-the-art data visualisation solutions to develop customised views. Depending on their expectations and preferences, we can present the data in basic tabular form, a time-dependent chart, a candlestick chart, or as a heat map. And these are not the only possibilities to adapt the views to the user’s requirements and expectations. 

Data in numerical form is challenging to analyse, especially when a lot of it comes from different sources. Imagine wanting to find out why a room’s heat consumption is high. There are intelligent thermostatic heads, temperature sensors, and window-opening sensors. In Nexo, we can design a view in which we superimpose the readings from the window opening sensor and the thermostatic valve. From this view, we will determine what happened to the thermostat when the window was open: whether it was turned off or whether, however, someone opened the window and forgot to turn off the valve. 

Tables, graphs, notifications

Instead of analysing charts, the user prefers to receive alerts to inform them of this situation. Nexo also offers such a solution.  

What else? As a rule, all smart devices are powered by batteries, which, as we all know, drain at the least opportune moment. Using Nexo, we can monitor the battery level in real time and plan a replacement well in advance without waiting for the device to run out completely and shut down.

Once we have the data collected in Nexo, it is only up to our imagination how we want to present it, how we want to combine it, and what we want to get from it. 

Keep an eye on our publications – the next installment of Nexo’s capabilities is coming soon!