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Visualizing Water Savings with Internet-Connected Commercial Kitchen Equipment

The Problem

Recycled Hydro Solutions' innovative RinseWell product saves water.  It saves a lot of water. In fact, it saves so much water that when RHS approached Lofty Labs to build a dashboard showcasing the savings, our team had to craft an innovative visualization to demonstrate just how efficient the device is.

RHS needed a cloud-based tool to remotely monitor and collect data from each of their devices deployed in the field.  Using this data, RHS dreamed of a dashboard that restaurant owners would proudly display front-of-house to advertise their eco-friendly kitchen practices.

The Lofty Labs Solution

Lofty built a cloud-based analytics application using Python and Django which allows real time data from the RinseWell devices to be consumed by a GraphQL API interface.  This platform allowed our team to construct tools that RHS can use to monitor their devices in real time.

The Lofty Labs team designed a system of dashboards, built with Vue.js,  which can demonstrate the real time water savings of devices at a particular location.  We designed the dashboard to use a comparison narrative--what RinseWell used, vs. what a traditional dipper well would have used--using a one gallon jug as a common visual representation that is meaningful to a everyone.

RinseWell Dasboard Prototyping

RinseWell dashboards on laptops and tablets at the Lofty Labs office during prototyping and development.


Lofty also built a new interactive product website and Content Management System for RinseWell that incorporates live data for the water savings generated by the devices to date.

Results

RHS at National Restaurant Association Show

Recycled Hydro Solutions CEO Chris Gilreath (left) and CTO Tom Pederson (right) with the RinseWell device dashboard at the National Restaurant Association Show 2018 in Chicago, IL.


RHS featured the RinseWell dashboard in the vendor hall of the National Restaurant Associations annual expo in Chicago, connected to a live device in a popular espresso bar.

The comparative visualization is very often staggering -- for every fraction of a gallon consumed by a RinseWell Smart Eco Rinse device, a traditional dipper well would have consumed dozens of gallons.

The platform is being expanded iteratively to roll up dashboards for multi-store customers who want to visualize their savings cross-store or even cross-region, as well as adding tools that assist RHS in the service and maintenance of its growing fleet of deployed devices.

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