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|Niagara Summit 2018
- Playing All the Right Notes
Tridium showed the
Niagara community what it means to be the leader of the band at Niagara
Summit ‘18 in New Orleans. The band and community just keep growing as
Niagara gains fans among those seeking open connectivity for systems
and devices. Over 1000 Niagara developers, programmers, building
engineers, end users, and executives were gathered, many of them
present in Champions Square in front of the Superdome on the evening of
the Welcoming Reception where Gareth Johnson, Tridium Software Architect, and
Eric Clapton-sound-alike, played a JACE-shaped guitar with Logan
Byam, Niagara Framework UI developer, accompanying. It was a
fitting start to an event that reinvigorated Tridium’s reputation for
technological innovation and sought to inspire users to deploy the
Niagara framework as an instrument of creativity.
In his keynote, Jim Bland, Tridium CEO & General Manager, pointed out that people that know how to spin value out of data using the Niagara framework are at a moment of limitless possibilities. Comparing all the diverse data sources in a big building or enterprise portfolio to random musicians without a leader, he challenged systems integrators to deploy Niagara like a conductor’s baton bringing them together as a symphony. Citing that the Developer Bootcamp attracted over 350 systems integrators and other members of the Niagara Community, he was not underestimating interest in developing on top of the Niagara Framework. On Tridium’s part, Bland promised the Niagara Framework would remain the most open and innovative platform for this work.
the figurative baton from Bland, CTO Kevin Smith said "Buildings
are a key part of the revenue generating opportunity for businesses. We
need to think about new possibilities that mobile brings." He then went
on to outline all the ways Tridium developers were evolving the Niagara
framework for this mobile era in computing—introducing the Edge 10
stack, launching Niagara Cloud products like Backup-as-a-Service,
enabling enterprise-level device management, hardening security at
every point of potential vulnerability. Smith also touted Tridium’s
support for semantic interoperability and welcomed the ASHRAE news about BACnet, Haystack and Brick
collaboration. The next Niagara release will support exposing
Haystack tags via the Haystack REST API to streamline tag-enabling
Niagara data as part of integration projects.
the first Niagara Summit in 2004, this has been the event where
people who are vested in competing ways to connect systems and devices
come together to hash things out. This year was no different. Both the
expo floor and the breakout sessions were filled with lively
discussion. Jim Young, co-founder, and CEO of Realcomm was a featured
speaker on the future of smart buildings. Scott Cochrane,
President, and CEO of Cochrane Supply and Engineering hosted a panel
discussion on the evolving role of the Master Systems Integrator (MSI).
In another session, Cochrane, along with Wayne Tighe of Optigo
Networks, Richard Warner of O&M Engineering and Brian Turner of
OTI debated whether OT and IT should be converged onto the same
network in a smart building. This panel discussion was led by Marc
Petock of Lynxspring. Sessions
about metadata tagging led by John Petze of the Haystack Organization
were standing-room-only with lots of questions, evidence of the growing
appreciation for the benefits of a naming hierarchy and tagging plan
among the Niagara community.
end-user customers presented case studies during the break-out sessions
too. George Thomas, Enterprise Building Automation Manager, Cleveland
Clinic, spoke about his experience deploying analytics with assists
from Jerry Gray of Enterprise Controls Group and John Petze of
SkyFoundry. “‘Do no harm,’ extends to buildings too,” explains Thomas
about the Clinic’s philosophy around operational technology. “Analytics
are a therapeutic investment too." His management understands that
building performance impacts health outcomes, so they have been
proactive about acting on the insight provided by data analytics like
fault detection and diagnostics for building equipment. There was also
a session on working with the Federal Government and agencies that
delved into how Niagara meets security and asset management
requirements. Representing the Department of Energy (DOE), Paul Ehrlich presented on the test bed capabilities that Niagara-framework developers have available through the Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL).
There were plenty of learning opportunities about new and upcoming products and features in the Niagara suite led by Tridium engineers, as well. With this summit, Niagara organizers and presenters reaffirmed Tridium’s unique position in the industry as a developer of an open framework and partner to many international manufacturers and other software companies in buildings and beyond. While it is an entity of Honeywell International Inc., Tridium has a strong team operating with independence. You can find many of the presentations given during the event here.
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