Innovations in Comfort, Efficiency, and Safety Solutions.
within Smart Buildings
refresher for the Automated Buildings community. We have been busy
writing the open-source project called Project Sandstar. We had set
sail to merge Sedona Framework and Project Haystack and we were
investigating how it could work. Should we put haystack on top or
bottom or both? Why are we merging the two? What is our goal? We found
This leads to hardware-agnostic direct digital controls. Meeting after meeting with 5 different hardware manufacturers; seemed like the industry players only wanted to protect their built channels, which is understandable.
After spending 6 months with potential OEMs jumping on board with Project Sandstar, we changed our route and started manufacturing and selling to close partners to test devices further. We also applied to pitch festivals to explain the technology stack. We pitched our goals at the US-China innovation summit, V2V innovation, Energy Thought Summit, Haystack Connect events, demonstrating our solution to many firms.
During this time, we focused on the technology completion progress and pilot projects.
So what our stack consists of:
Logic engine named Project Sandstar: Project Sandstar hardware-agnostic DDC that combines Sedona framework with Project Haystack.
Sandstar Web Editor: In this part of the application layer, we utilized websockets. We have written a bridge that takes Sox UDP protocol and converts to Websockets. Also, we have utilized Rete.js that is written in Type Script and customized it to our needs. The goal of the project is the programming of the Sedona Framework on the browser. This eliminates thick client (Desktop apps) and management of kits and manifests. Just log in to the browser and start programming.
Historian, Analytics and Clustering Mechanism: Ankalytik is SkySpark with custom system modifications so we can access platform level settings like renaming database, setting IPs, setting Firewall, setting up Virtual VPN.
It contains high integration to SandStar with Sandstar Record Editor in order to simplify port definitions.
Building Automation Visualization: In-house built Visualytik
merges Haystack with block programming methodologies in order to
generate custom dashboards and graphics.
With this application,
you can create any kind of BMS visualization in which Haystack is
Mobile access: We have written Mobilytik. The idea is that most facility managers and technicians are on the field, correcting issues. They don’t have time to be in front of a computer. This application consists of the Haystack model, where they can interrogate the Haystack server (SkyFoundry within this case).
There are two cool features that we were able to accomplish easily.
all this progress, a progressive conservative customer asked for a POE
based controller to change the pneumatic system. We have completed the
hardware design of this within the current stage and started the
process of integrating project SandStar with this new hardware design.
We believe open hardware designs will lead to the revolution within
smart buildings. We are looking for hardware designers that are well
versed in RISC-V. (RISC-V is open hardware instruction-set that is becoming
popular in hardware design). More info on https://riscv.org/
We have come to the realization that revolution will not be as easy as we thought. We are not going to have an open hardware platform within the personal computer industry but we have not given up on the idea.
We really believe in the distributed computation analytics and visualization. The human effort of integration and engineering should be minimized with the right stack. This stack enables it. We are looking for potential OEMs that would be interested in such an “OPEN” controls stack.
We will demonstrate before the Control Trends
awards at Dave &
Busters. The event will be from 12:01 PM ~ 5:00 pm. Most of it will be
socialization with parties interested in open controls engine open
hardware structure. We will have giveaways during the event as well.
Here is the link for the signup form.
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