Hi everyone, my company is working on a project where we would need a software interface to be built. The companies that can provide this service that have approached us want too much ($1 million!) for something that is basically just a gui for a database. Our management is looking for something around the $50k pricepoint.
If anyone is interested, PM me and I'll answer your questions. Below is a quick summary of what they want:
There's a demonstration "garage" that will be showcasing green technology and how they tie into electrical sources, the effects they have etc. In this garage, there will be an electric plugged into a charger that is connected to a fake grid (representing an electrical utility). There will also be solar panels on the roof to simulate that power source, which is also centrally connected to the grid. Then, there will be a wind turbing generating power somewhere, also connected to the grid. Inside the garage will be a big plasma screen with some pretty GUI elements in there that will be reading the live data from all these electrical components. So power consumption graphs, some odometer looking things, possibly a backlog of data that can be accessed with a gui interface, etc.
To me, it's a gui for reading information off of a database. The mistake most companies are making is that they are pitching us software solutions that are electrical-specific or power-specific, and use some fancy language to make it seem like something special. It's just a gui for a database, it doesn't matter what the data is. Just make it read the database and spit out something that looks pretty.