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Technical Presentations at Haystack Connect

Provide Real Solutions for Building IoT Data Management
Kathleen Thomas,
Contemporary Controls

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Haystack Connect 2017, May 8-10 in Tampa, Florida, was a great success, bringing together over 300 industry leaders to share the latest innovations in the management of the vast amount of data generated from today’s smart devices and systems. The most popular part of Haystack Connect was the technical sessions by industry leaders that address the real issues facing owners and operators trying to manage the data generated from Building IoT devices.

Contemporary Controls presented four technical sessions. If you are interested in the sessions, use the links below to view the full presentations.

Hobbyist Computers – Is Control and Data Modeling Now Free?
The performance and low-cost of hobbyist computers such as Raspberry Pi and Beagleboard are truly amazing, and they are already finding their way into commercial products. Coupled with open source software such as Sedona Framework and Project Haystack can we now achieve low or no-cost control and data modeling for our buildings?

Using SSL and VPNs to Provide Security
Project Haystack makes it easier to analyze the data from various devices by implementing tagging. The data is accessible remotely via HTTP but is that secure enough? Implementing HTTP over SSL on the device can help alleviate this issue by providing encryption. The use of HTTPS also provides security by ensuring the identity of the device with the use of certificates. But there is some burden on the end device for implementing SSL and depending on the device memory; it may not be possible to add SSL. The use of a separate device providing VPN in this scenario can help. VPNs can provide security and also help in hiding your end devices and infrastructure. Different VPN implementations will be discussed.

Sedona Alliance – Furthering the Options for Open Control Platforms
The Sedona Alliance is a not-for-profit (501c) trade association created to promote Sedona Framework as an open control language for use by the public without restriction. The Alliance represents the interests of a Sedona community consisting of developers who make Sedona products and integrators that create Sedona applications.

Using Sedona Framework to Create a Truly Open Controller
The popularity of open systems continues, and when we discuss open controllers, we immediately think of BACnet’s open protocol. But a BACnet compliant controller does not mean anyone can program the controller due to licensing or programmer access restrictions. This presentation defines how an open controller can be created.

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