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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA JUNE 16, 2014- Project-Haystack, an open source initiative focused on developing semantic modeling conventions and taxonomies for smart device data today announced the formation of a 501-C Corporation. The announcement was made at iBCON an event and conference focused on open architected, interoperable and integrated IP centric smart, connected, high performance, intelligent buildings. Project-Haystack won the Digie award for Best Intelligent Building Technology Innovation at iBCON in 2013.

The launch of the 501-C Corp has been made possible by the support of six founding member companies: Airmaster www.airmaster.com.au/, J2 Innovations www.j2inn.com, Lynxspring www.lynxspring.com, Siemens www.siemens.com, SkyFoundry www.skyfoundry.com, Wattstopper, www.wattstopper.com and Yardi www.yardi.com.

Background on Project-Haystack. Modern automations systems, metering systems and other smart devices produce tremendous amount of data, but this data is hard to utilize across different applications because it is stored in many different formats, has inconsistent naming conventions, and very limited data descriptors. Simply put, it lacks information to describe the meaning of the data.

Project-Haystack helps address these challenges. 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. Project-Haystack data modeling techniques can be used with virtually any type of system data. The community’s work not tied to any vendor, or communication protocol.

Control Solutions, Inc Since its formation in March of 2011, Project-Haystack.org has grown tremendously providing the industry with an open-source, collaborative environment where people work together to address the challenge of utilizing semantic modeling (also known as tagging) to streamline the interchange of data among software applications. The community has developed 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 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 formation of a 501-C Corp will help the organization expand the reach of Project-Haystack and support promotional activities and services to members and contributors to the effort. The founding members have designated representatives to form the initial Board of Directors. Additional membership levels are available.

More information on Project-Haystack can be found at: www.project-haystack.org.



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