Porthole is an augmented reality application that contextualises energy and environmental information by overlaying three-dimensional interactive real-time data visualisations directly on the camera view of a mobile phone.

Porthole enables users to get a quick and deep understanding of the environment’s status (e.g. a room or a building) and to take action upon it (e.g. for a facility manager to check status, repair items or switch things on and off; for a passerby to get information about a building’s carbon footprint or energy consumption).

The interface facilitates the correlation of real-world location and real-time data values at a glance, including current values, historical values and standard deviations. Rich data from environments, read like a thermometer, makes it easy to maintain a large cluster of networked objects, without needing hardware display systems built into each device.

Porthole provides an augmented reality experience that exists outside of an authentication infrastructure - allowing professional/private access to share the same infrastructure as public access, but receive differing levels of detail – the viewing device and the sensor don’t need to communicate directly since each communicates separately to the data backend. In this way, a feed of valuable data containing detailed energy use of a building might not be made public – but its aggregate values could be.