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|Tagging Niagara Station Components
|By Eric Anderson and Therese Sullivan, Tridium Inc.
Tagging Niagara Station Components
By Eric Anderson and Therese Sullivan, Tridium
It’s time to embrace standardized tagging to
save time, achieve better outcomes, and future-proof your work for data
analytics, machine-learning, and AI. On Tridium’s part, we are building more
support into Niagara Framework® to make it easier and more intuitive for
Niagara users to begin systematically tagging all their station components
Niagara Framework users are a community of
experts in the field of designing customized user interfaces for end-users of
smart systems and smart buildings. Tagging is a core skill for accommodating
the efficient resolving and rendering of graphical components in a customized
UI, as well as for preparing a Niagara station for data analytics. With the
move toward standardized point tagging pioneered by open-source semantic-web
organizations like Project Haystack, the Niagara Community has moved away from
bespoke labeling toward these standards. Today, Niagara visualizations can be driven
by tag-based bindings with tags pulled from multiple custom tag dictionaries,
as well as from the Project Haystack standard.
This article is about how Niagara users can
configure tag dictionaries for easy reuse and faster overall deployment of a
tagged project. It will cover how to imply tags and to deploy tags
at-scale across projects. With the right tips and tactics, you can make
light-work of the job of tagging your Niagara station components.
Figure 1. Introduced in Niagara4.0, Niagara entity query language (NEQL) made it possible to search for tags within Niagara stations. With every subsequent release, the Niagara development team has made tagging easier to comprehend, deploy and use.
To read this whitepaper about tagging Niagara components using standard dictionaries and ontologies, click through here: https://www.tridium.com/
To view a TridiumTalk videocast that covers these topics, click through here: https://www.tridium.com/us/en/
you would like to review a presentation that gets more specific on the
topics of the NHaystack module and Niagara’s Haystack Tag Dictionary,
you can watch my session from Haystack Connect 2021, along with others
from the conference by clicking through here: https://www.haystackconnect.
Since the Niagara Framework is
tag-agnostic, users have the utmost flexibility when applying tags to Niagara
stations and building systems. The result is visualizations that are reusable
and manufacturer- and equipment-agnostic. Tag-based bindings streamline on-site
efficiency, save time and provide more flexibility when deploying graphic
templates on new and existing Niagara stations.
About the Authors
Eric Anderson, a Software Engineer, has been
working on tagging and tag hierarchies since he joined Tridium in 2015. Tridium
created and continues to enhance the Niagara Framework®, an open platform that
facilitates system integration and control.
Therese Sullivan is Director of Marketing at
Tridium. Therese has written extensively on the convergence of IT/OT and the
Buildings IoT. She is a former editor of
Haystack Connections and is a Contributing Editor for AutomatedBuildings.com.
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