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Project-Haystack Continues Growing

with the Addition of New Associate Members
John PetzeJohn Petze
Project Haystack, Executive Director, Principal SkyFoundry

Marc PetockMarc Petock
Project Haystack, Secretary,
Vice President, Marketing, Lynxspring


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Since its formation in March of 2011, the Project-Haystack organization has grown tremendously by filling a critical need in the effective utilization of smart, connected devices often referred to as the Internet of Things. Project-Haystack provides the industry with an open-source, collaborative environment where industry experts work together to address the challenge of utilizing semantic modeling (also known as tagging) to make data self-describing thereby streamlining the interchange of data among software applications. The community has developed and promotes a flexible, extensible, data modeling approach and standard models for common equipment systems. The standard includes detailed documentation describing the data modeling techniques, significant libraries of consensus approved equipment models, and software reference implementations to easily enable software applications to consume smart device data that is "marked up" with Project-Haystack data descriptions.

The work developed by the Project-Haystack community streamlines the process of managing, presenting and analyzing the vast amount of data produced by smart devices and equipment systems and the techniques can be used with virtually any type of system data. The community’s work is not tied to any vendor, or communication protocol.

In May of this year at the bi-annual Haystack Connect conference the board of directors announced the addition of a new Associate level of membership. Since that announcement five organizations have joined Project-Haystack as associate members. The new members include:

BUENO is the Australian leader in data and information driven operational property services. BUENO delivers superior data related and technology driven services based on fault detection, optimization and business intelligence that simplify their clients operations and enhance their effectiveness across all building sectors and building information systems.

Grosvenor Engineering Group a leading Australian provider of intelligent hard technical services, design and construction solutions delivered via a unique data driven approach to asset maintenance and life cycle management.  The ultimate aim is to add value to buildings by making them safer, comfortable, and more productive and energy efficient at the lowest cost possible.

Intelligent Buildings, LLC, a nationally recognized smart real estate advisory services company providing planning and implementation of next generation strategy for new buildings, existing portfolios and smart communities. Their work includes “The Smartest Building in America”, the largest energy analytics project in North America, the smart buildings standards for the U.S. and Canadian governments, conception and management of a Clinton Global Initiative and the recently released Intelligent Buildings CyberSafe service.

Controlco - Controlco delivers leading-edge automation and solutions to address the Internet of Things for commercial buildings, (BIoT). Controls deliver the industry's best software and hardware products, develops software applications, and provides hosting services to improve business performance and peace-of-mind. With dedicated sales and implementation teams, Controlco offers total solutions for all building and energy management needs in this BIoT world. Since 1958, Controlco has completed successful implementations in energy monitoring, enterprise-wide energy dashboards and customized energy-saving strategies for hundreds of clients in North America. The company actively participates in controls and integration projects of all sizes and we continue to grow our data center capacity.

The Continental Automated Buildings Association - CABA is an international not-for-profit industry association dedicated to the advancement of integrated technologies for homes and buildings. The organization was founded in 1988 and is supported by an international membership of over 300 organizations involved in the design, manufacture, installation and retailing of products relating to home and building automation. Educational Institutions and public organizations, including utilities and government organizations are also members. CABA agnostically encourages the development of industry standards and protocols, and leads cross-industry initiatives. CABA's mandate also includes providing its members and the industry with the largest “Internet of Things, Connected Homes, M2M and Intelligent Buildings” research library in the world. CABA's collaborative research scope has evolved and expanded into the CABA Research Program, which is directed by the CABA Board of Directors. Further, CABA provides the industry with marketing and networking opportunities through events, such as the "CABA Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum”.

These companies join founding member companies Airmaster, J2 Innovations, Lynxspring, Siemens, SkyFoundry, Wattstopper and Yardi/Enerliance, and Associate members Bueno Systems, Intelligent Buildings and Grosvenor Engineering Group.

contemporary Project-Haystack is an enabling technology that is helping lower the cost and accelerating the development of data-oriented solutions that reduce energy and operational costs in facilities of all types. Project- Haystack is taking data at the most basic levels, with new conceptions about how devices, information, people and systems interact and delivering business outcomes that drives value in the built and IoT environments. The business value is driven by the secured interoperability of related connected systems, devices and things and making the data contained within them self-describing that enable the seamless integration across multiple applications to improve operations, reduce costs and maximize occupant experiences. Value from data will only be realized if organizations can understand and leverage the data they produce. By creating value from the data generated, companies can improve operations, reduce costs, and enable valuable customer experiences.


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