Project Haystack Conference — May 18-20, 2015 Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, CO

Haystack2015Today’s automation systems, equipment, metering systems, smart devices and IoT applications produce tremendous amounts of data. This data can be very hard to organize and use across different applications because it is stored in many different formats; has inconsistent naming conventions and very limited data descriptors. In essence it lacks information to describe the meaning of the data. And without meaning a time-consuming manual effort is required before value creation can begin.

Taking cues from other data intensive applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and others who utilize tags and semantic data models, the work developed by the Project-Haystack community addresses this challenge by defining and easy to use methodology to describe the meaning of data. This enables software applications to automatically consume, analyze and present data from devices and equipment systems.

Register here!

The open source Project Haystack effort has streamlined the interchange of data and the techniques for managing, presenting and analyzing the vast amount of data generated by today’s smart devices and building and energy systems.

Join us May 18th – May 20th for the Haystack Connect conference: The place where the community of automation and IoT professionals come together to learn and share the latest techniques for connecting systems and using data to advance the efficiency of buildings, equipment systems and processes.

ControlTalk NOW: The Smart Building Podcast/Videocast Week Ending March 29, 2015

Welcome to ControlTalk NOW: The Smart Building Podcast/Videocast for the week ending March 29, 2015. Our HVAC news of the week features a JCI highlight reel; Rob Allen’s coverage of Johnson Controls’2015 ABCS & Distributor Conference with four insightful video interviews; Gary Weber’s receipt of the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Energy Product of the Year; Bill Jones’ Liquid Level Tech Tip; 2015 Project Haystack’s announcement of the Conference Key Note Speakers; and Andy McMillan’s sagacious advice given at the AHR 2015 Connection Community Collaboratory — still echoes.

JCI AirlowJohnson Controls Business Conference Update: New Airflow Products. Rob Allen and Nancy Yannuzzi discuss the requirements for monitoring the air flow into and within a building, which have increased over the years with the IAQ requirements for minimum ventilation of occupied spaces. There are two methods by which air flow is measured within a duct: Differential Pressure, which has been available since the days of pneumatic control, and Thermal Dispersion, which has been available about 10 years. Watch Rob’s video to learn more.

RA22Johnson Controls Business Conference Update: The New Digital Thermostats. Rob Allen’s next update comes from the Johnson Controls Product show. Terry Pierson gives Rob the 411 on Johnson Controls’ New Digital Touch Screen Light Commercial and Residential thermostats, the new TEC 3000, the new features on the EM 4000 Energy meters, and the WT-4000 wireless pneumatic thermostats.

RA3 Rob Allen catches up with Heather Ausmus at the 2015 Johnson Control Business Conference and gets the latest on the Johnson Controls Connected Community website. As you will see, this is quite a tool and a wealth of information, and a place to connect, collaborate, and share with building efficiency professionals from around the world.

HaystackProject Haystack Announces Keynote Speakers for Haystack Connect 2015 Conference. Dennis Lottero of Vodafone, Jack McGowan of The McGowan Group, and Peter Kelly Detwiler of NorthBridge Energy Partners, have been announced as the Keynote Speakers for the second bi-annual Haystack Connect Conference 2015, to be held May 18-20, 2015, at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. Project Haystack is a collaborative community of leading technology suppliers and systems integrators developing common standards to streamline the interchange of data.

JCI Meet the leadersJohnson Controls Business Conference Update: Meet the ABCS Channel Managers. Rob Allen, our man in the field, meets the new Johnson Controls ABCS Channel Managers. Rob introduces us to Robert Harland, Dan Preston (ABCS Channel Sales Manager) and King Thomas (ABCS Channel Director, NA). Together, they discuss the recent reorganization of the ABCS channel and how they plan to apply “Privilege of Focus” to their customers in the different regions. Rob and JCI’s leadership team also discuss some of the other ideas from the business track presented at the Conference.

BillJonesBill Jones Tech Tips: Making Liquid Level Gauges Work. Everything you need to know about liquid level gauges but were afraid to ask. Liquid level gauges, like the ones made by Conbraco, are in every equipment room. As simple as they might seem, if you have ever had to replace one, they can be tricky. Not to worry, Stromquist & Company’s, Bill Jones, an expert on Conbraco products, takes the mystery out of liquid level gauges in this informative tech tip. Thank You Mr. Jones!

Gary WeberBelimo Energy Valve Wins Energy Saving Product of the Year. Congratulations to Belimo! The Belimo Energy Valve was chosen by the world-wide ControlTrends Community as the winner of the coveted Energy Savings Product of the Year. Belimo’s Gary Weber accepted the award at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards event in Chicago.

JCI HighlightJohnson Controls Highlight Reel. In honor of the Johnson Controls 2015 ABCS Business Conference held earlier this week in Orlando, FL, ControlTrends put together a highlight reel of a few of Johnson Controls’ industry and ControlTrends Awards and accomplishments. Johnson Controls Highlight Reel from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

Andy MHow to Navigate Change in the Building Automation Controls Industry. Special thanks to Ken Sinclair, from Automated Buildings, for having the vision to put together the Connection Community Collaboratory. We had the privilege of filming the last two collaboratories. This video epitomizes the intent of the collaboratory as Andy McMillan, the president of BACnet International, gives some priceless advice to one of the attendees.

Project Haystack Announces Keynote Speakers for Haystack Connect 2015 Conference

PH_2015Colorado Springs, CO (PRWEB) March 24, 2015: Project Haystack is a collaborative community of leading technology suppliers and systems integrators developing common standards to streamline the interchange of data among today’s smart devices, systems and equipment, is pleased to announce Dennis Lottero of Vodafone, Jack McGowan of The McGowan Group, and Peter Kelly Detwiler of NorthBridge Energy Partners, as the Keynote Speakers for its second bi-annual Haystack Connect Conference 2015, to be held May 18-20, 2015, at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. A short biography of these industry experts follows below.

Haystack Connect J2 Presentation Main from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

This year’s conference will bring together forward-looking end-users with corporate representatives involved in automation, control and Internet of Things applications. The conference goal is to share the latest techniques for managing, presenting and analyzing the vast amount of data generated by today’s smart devices and equipment systems in applications including intelligent buildings, energy, HVAC, lighting, system management, remote monitoring, and other smart-device applications.

Meet the Haystack Connect 2015 keynote speakers:

Dennis Lottero, Global Business Development M2M Solutions Vodafone – a recognized leader in the commercialization of new technologies and an authority on M2M/IoT. With extensive professional background in both healthcare and M2M/IoT systems, he is currently responsible for Global M2M Business Development specializing in adapting mobile services within the IoT. Prior to joining Vodafone Dennis served as the co-founder and EVP of Corporate Development at Global Telematic Solutions (GTS), while concurrently serving as VP of M2M Solutions at Walsh Vision. At both GTS and Walsh, Dennis was responsible for M2M/IoT business strategy, product development and go-to market strategy. As an early innovator in applying M2M/IoT into the Digital Signage market, Dennis also served as a Founding Member of the Digital Signage Association’s Advisory Board. Dennis is a widely recognized in the area of M2M/IoT having spoken at numerous conferences and published on the subject.

Jack McGowan, Principal at The McGowan Group, is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of Energy Services, Efficiency, Building Automation, Analytics and Smart Grid. He is also a serial entrepreneur with experience running businesses, and business units, for companies of all sizes, including merger and acquisition experience. The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) has inducted him into the International Energy Managers Hall of Fame and distinguished him as an AEE Fellow. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Governing Institute. In his role as Principal he will offer consulting services in his area of expertise for a variety of customers.

Peter Kelly Detwiler, Principal at NorthBridge Energy Partners, LLC, is the former SVP of Constellation. Peter has over 15 years of experience in retail energy at this Fortune 125 power company and its precursors. He created a demand response unit within Constellation NewEnergy, and grew the business to 800 MW of dispatchable load and led a team to develop, and patent, VirtuWatt, an industry-leading real-time energy use and automated load control platform. Peter is a contributing writer for Forbes.com on the energy sector & power markets and a popular speaker and trainer at Greenbiz and other events. In addition, Peter created the New England Operations group for AES NewEnergy with billing & customer care for over 30,000 accounts and ~$1 billion in annual revenues.

The conference will be split into two Tracks of Technical Sessions focused on a wide range of topics that include data acquisition, communications, wireless technologies, protocol translation, data visualization, analytics and methods, and cyber security, which can effectively bring data together for improved systems and equipment performance. The Haystack Connect Conferences are produced by Project-Haystack, a 501C non-profit industry association. All work produced by the community is made available as open source. To learn more about Project Haystack, please click here.

Haystack Connect 2015 is being sponsored by over 24 industry leaders including the following Platinum Sponsors: Lynxspring, SkyFoundry, Enerliance/Yardi, ESI, Intellastar, J2 Innovations, KMC Controls, Pacific Control Systems, and Energy Advantage/U&S Services.

Click here to register for Haystack Connect 2015.

About Project Haystack: Project Haystack is an open source initiative to streamline working with data from the Internet of Things. Our goal is to standardize semantic data models and web services, making it easier to unlock value from the vast quantity of data being generated by the smart devices that permeate our homes, buildings, factories, and cities. Applications include automation, control, energy, HVAC, lighting, and other environmental systems. For more information about Project Haystack, please visit http://www.project-haystack.org.

Contacts:

Robin Bestel
Project Haystack, Conference Manager
robin@haystackconnect.org

John Petze
Project Haystack, Executive Director
Principal, SkyFoundry
johnp@haystackconnect.org

Marc Petock
Project Haystack, Secretary
Lynxspring, Inc.
marc.petock@lynxspring.com

ControlTalk NOW: The Smart Building Podcast/Videocast Week Ending March 22, 2015

ControlTalk NOW: The Smart Building Podcast/Videocast for Week Ending March 22, 2015. Join us for another ControlTalk NOW and another week of HVAC news featuring Trane’s deep dive into VRF; Inside the Winner’s Circle with Thermokon, Johnson Controls, and Delta Controls; Human error and Cyber Security; The use of Wearable Technology in the HVAC Industry is imminent; Rob Allen steals this week’s show with DDC training and coverage of Johnson Controls’s ABCS and Distributor Business Conference; and make sure to download Contemporary Controls’ free download gift to the HVAC Community: “Network Communications for Buildings.”

TRANE2Trane Engineers Newsletter Live: Applying Variable Refrigerant Flow. During our most recent ControlTalk NOW, we discussed the future impact the Variable Refrigerant Flow technology is likely to make in our HVAC industry, and how it may effect the after-market sales of today’s HVAC controls distributor. During our search for more relevant information, we came across this informative “Trane Engineers Newsletter Live: Applying Variable Refrigerant Flow” post on You Tube. This outstanding 88 minute video tells the whole VRF story.

INtro DDCLive Event: Introduction to DDC Controls Part 1. In Part 1 of a Live Event DDC Controls, Rob Allen, Stromquist’s DDC guru gets the group up to speed on the basics of DDC Controls. This course was designed for control techs that are relativity new to building automation controls and as a review for more experienced DDC controls professionals.

HackerHow to use Social Engineering to Hack into a System. Thanks to Fred Gordy from McKenney for sharing this video with us. Fred had told me that no matter how good your cyber security system is, the biggest loop hole and security threat is human error. Are you as disturbed as I am by just how easy it was for these teenagers to take over Matt’s digital life? Let me know what you think in comments.

Contemporary ControlsContemporary Controls’ Gift to the Industry: “Network Communications for Buildings” Free Download. March 2015 — The year 2015 marks our 40th anniversary of Contemporary Controls as a company, and as we reflect on this milestone, we cannot help but marvel at the technological changes that have impacted both the automation systems we produce as well as how companies are now doing business. We have witnessed the migration from standalone controllers to fieldbus-networked controllers to IP-based network controllers. The open-systems movement has helped smaller companies participate in markets once dominated by larger companies with their proprietary systems.

David AIn the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Winners Circle with Thermokon. Let the good times roll! Thermokon’s David Alliband celebrates with Sean Johnson at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. Why are they so happy? Thermokon had just won the 2014 Wireless Product Solution of The Year. Congratulations to David and the team at Thermokon.

Best tech support 2014 ControlTrends Awards Best Technical Support Person – Large Manufacturer. Congratulations to Johnson Controls’ Greg Wilmer and Delta Controls’ Greg Holloway co-winners of the 2014 ControlTrends Award Best Technical Support Person of the Year — Large Manufacturer. It was with extreme pleasure to recognize these two most deserving and dedicated HVAC veterans — in such a befitting and exciting venue. Congratulations once again!

Rob11 Rob Allen — Live at the Johnson Controls Business Conference Pt.1. Our Rob Allen get’s ready for the 2015 Johnson Controls Business Conference in Orlando. In this first segment, Rob first get’s familiar with his equipment and resolves a little identity crisis. Stay on top of Johnson Controls’ 2015 ABCS and Distributor Conference here at ControlTrends as Rob delivers daily interviews, updates, and conference highlights to the ControlTrends Community. Johnson Controls’ theme this year is Championship Season 2015, Spring Training.

Wearable-technologyWearable Technology in the HVAC Industry: Just Around the Bend. Explore the World of AWE. (Photo Credit: procore.com blog) While an increasing concerted effort to grow the HVAC industry young is under way, the need for immediate competent presence (ICP) won’t let HVAC to wait. Wearable technology, especially Smart Glasses adapted for the HVAC/Systems Integration markets, may extend the existing talent pool well enough to serve as the necessary interim measure.

Wearable Technology in the HVAC Industry: Just Around the Bend. Explore the World of AWE

Wearable-technology(Photo Credit: procore.com blog) While an increasing concerted effort to grow the HVAC industry young is under way, the need for immediate competent presence (ICP) won’t let HVAC wait. Wearable technology, especially Smart Glasses adapted for the HVAC/Systems Integration markets, may extend the existing talent pool well enough to serve as the necessary interim measure.

The sheer scarcity of human resources available and the relatively long learning curve and apprentice phase needed to provide unassisted smart HVAC services requires the use of wearable HVAC-oriented technology as soon as it becomes available. Customers will expect the use of wearable technology solutions to ensure that their needs are being met. And as the favorable shift of economic, social, and technological forces continue to reduce the barriers of entry, imminent use of wearable technology in the HVAC industry, is just around the bend.

aweAugmented World ExpoTM (AWE) is the world’s largest conference and expo for professionals focused on making the world more interactive – featuring technologies such as Augmented Reality, Wearable Computing, Smart Glasses, Gesture and Sensors devices, and The Internet of Things.

Now in its 6th year, AWE is again assembling the top innovators – from the hottest startups to Fortune 500 – to showcase the best augmented world experiences in all aspects of life and work: from entertainment and brand engagement, to enterprise and industrial, urban and architecture, education and training, automotive and navigation, government, and commerce.
AWE 2014 was the largest ever exposition of Augmented Reality and Wearable Technology with over 200 demos, 150 speakers, and nearly 2000 attendees!

AWE 2015 is poised to set a new record and draw 3000 attendees from all over the world: a mix of CEOs, CTOs, designers, developers, creative agencies, futurists, analysts, investors, and top press – and offer a fantastic opportunity to learn, inspire, partner, and experience first hand the most exciting industry of our times.

Contemporary Controls’ Gift to the Industry: “Network Communications for Buildings” Free Download

ContemporaryControls_NetworkBookCoverMarch 2015 — The year 2015 marks our 40th anniversary as a company and as we reflect on this milestone, we cannot help but marvel at the technological changes that have impacted both the automation systems we produce as well as how companies are now doing business. We have witnessed the migration from standalone controllers to fieldbus-networked controllers to IP-based network controllers. The open-systems movement has helped smaller companies participate in markets once dominated by larger companies with their proprietary systems. The building automation market is a great example with technologies such as BACnet, Modbus and Ethernet for all to use.

As a company, we have always tried to educate the industry on best practices by publishing application notes, PowerPoint presentations, tutorials and videos. We believe all companies benefit if we effectively educate the industry on the best use of open-system technologies. In that spirit, Contemporary Controls has published Network Communications for Buildings from a collection of prior articles from our Extension and Essentials that were supplements to our print newsletters beginning in 1999. All the articles have been updated to the latest practice so now the best material on network communications can be found in one concise book.

The intention of Network Communications for Buildings is to present the material in a commercial-free format in keeping with the mission of the open-systems movement.

Network Communications for Buildings includes coverage of the following technologies: EIA-485 Physical Layer, Shared Ethernet, Switched Ethernet, Ethernet with Fiber Optic Cabling, Power over Ethernet (PoE), Internet Protocol (IP), Transmission Control Protocol (TCP), Subnetting IP Networks, Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN), Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), Modbus, and BACnet. It also includes applications about using Managed Switches and using IP Routers. It concludes with troubleshooting advice and a glossary of terms.

To download your free copy, simply click here and provide your name and email below and you will be given a link to the PDF.

Trane Engineers Newsletter Live: Applying Variable Refrigerant Flow

trane_logo During our most recent ControlTalk NOW, we discussed the future impact the Variable Refrigerant Flow technology is likely to make in our HVAC industry, and how it may effect the after-market sales of today’s HVAC controls distributor. During our search for more relevant information, we came across this informative “Trane Engineers Newsletter Live: Applying Variable Refrigerant Flow” post on You Tube. This outstanding 88 minute video tells the whole VRF story. Published on September 30, 2014, this program presented by Trane applications engineers is a comprehensive discussion about some of the challenges when applying a VRF system — such as complying with ASHRAE Standards 15 and 90.1, meeting the ventilation requirements of ASHRAE Standard.

ControlTalk NOW: The Smart Building Podcast/Videocast Week Ending March 15, 2015

This week’s ControlTalk NOW features Blue Ridge Technologies — Unified Lighting Control experts; Acuity’s purchase of Distech Controls; EasyIO’s Partners Event in Paris; 2014 ControlTrends Award winners: Johnson Controls’ FX ASSET Tool, EasyIO’s FG-32, and Lynxspring’s Lynx CyberPro; Marc Petock’s review of Project Haystack and Lynxspring’s Niagara R2 solutions; Mike Marston’s CPT graphics demonstration; KMC’s new BACnet multi-port router; and Siemen’s MD energy meter video. Special thanks to Rob Allen for his ControlTalk NOW introduction and another great 7 Minutes in Control!

BlueRidgeBlue Ridge Technologies — Unified Lighting Control Experts — Show You How! Get distributed Zone Control with Blue Ridge Technologies’ Zone Control(ZC)! ZC is a UL Listed distributed lighting controller in a compact junction box mounted package. ZC may be scheduled from any BACnet BAS, and it is compatible with all low voltage override switches, occupancy sensors, and light level sensors. ZC is suited for new or existing buildings, and may be scaled from basic to advanced control sequences; including daylight harvesting, load shedding, equipment optimization, and trending.

EASY1EasyIO Gets Ready for Next World Wide Partner Event in Paris. What is the best way to get your Uncle Sam to pay for a trip to Paris? Well the folks at EasyIO make it all possible with great controls, great food, and a great location, and although I am not an accountant, I am pretty sure you can write it off as a business expense. “Mad Mike” Marston and the team at EasyIO are preparing the Next World Wide Control Event in Paris France, September 21-23. Don’t wait, reach out to your local EasyIO dealer and tell them you want to be part of the EasyIO World Event in Paris.

Breaking News Key Shows Newsflash Broadcast OnlineDistech Controls is Purchased by Acuity Brands. One of the leading building automation control players in our industry was acquired today. Acuity Brands purchased Distech for approximately $252 million. Acuity, which had net sales of $2.4 billion dollars in 2014, owns a group of companies that work in the lighting and building automation controls market. About Distech: An Innovative Leader in Energy Management Solutions.Distech Controls provides unique building management technologies and services that optimize energy efficiency and comfort in buildings.

JCIAssetJohnson Controls FX Asset Tool Wins Big at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. Congratulations to Johnson Controls and the FX Asset Tool which was awarded the 2014 Building Automation Controls Programming Tool of the Year by the world-wide ControlTrends Community. To learn more about this incredible product click here for a ControlTrends live Training Rewind or here for a presentation on the power of the FX Asset Tool.

Rob31215Rob Allen’s 7 Minutes in Control: Introduces a New Router from KMC Controls. Rob welcomes Dave Bohlmann from KMC Controls to 7 Minutes in Control. Dave shows Rob KMC’s new single point BacNet Router. The multi-port KMC FullBAC
router
efficiently and reliably routes BACnet traffic for today’s complex building automation projects that consist of multiple networks. The BAC-5050 provides communication between foreign devices, BACnet IP LANs, the BACnet MS/TP controller network, and an Ethernet 802.3 (ISO 8802-3) network.

Lynxspring_enews-700Lynxspring Offers Four Conversion Options to Take Niagara R2 to Niagara AX. Niagara R2 to Niagara AX –The time has come to replace Niagara R2 in favor of the far more advanced Niagara AX! The Niagara Framework has evolved significantly since the first commercial version; Niagara R2 was first introduced. Since that time, Niagara has become the industry’s open software platform standard that enables the integration of complex and disparate monitoring, control and automation solutions.

Plant Controller of YearEasyIO Wins Plant Controller of the Year at The 2014 ControlTrends Awards. Congratulations to EasyIO for winning the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Plant Controller of The Year. The legendary EasyIO FG-32 (The Beast From the EAST) is known around the world as a powerful, affordable DDC controller, so much so, that the world-wide ControlTrends Community has voted to give this coveted award to the FG-32 for the third year in a row. Truly, an impressive accomplishment!

Mike MarstonEasyIO’s Mike Marston Demos FG’s CPT Graphics. CPT Tool is an executable file and does not require installation. The package is supplied as a zip file. Extracting the zipped file will create the file structure. Note: All of the files need to be located in the same folder in order for CPT to run correctly. CPT is a tool developed by Online Tools Inc. as the new choice for users of controllers based on Sedona Framework. It allows online programming where Sedona had been designed for as the management of the software packages, (kits). The tool also has the capability to do backups and restore of the applications.

SIEMENS_METERSiemens MD Energy Meters Sales Training Video. Siemens Industry’s MD Model Power Meter is a submetering device designed to provide real time, accurate electricity metering to enable proper control over energy costs. The meter can capture kWh/kW energy and demand data, as well as virtually all relevant energy parameters for diagnostics and monitoring on three-phase or single-phase circuit installations. The meter’s flexibility, size, and ease-of use make them ideal tools for gathering detailed consumption information in commercial, industrial, governmental, and retail environments.

HaystackLogo1Making Device Data Self-describing to Enable Seamless Integration Across Multiple Applications. Article by Marc Petock, Vice President Marketing, Lynxspring & Connexx Energy and Member Board of Directors, Project-Haystack. The amount of data created by equipment, systems and devices has exploded in recent years. Today’s automation systems and smart devices produce tremendous amounts of data to the point where we have expanded our reach to a range of devices that can gather and analyze physical data and react to that data in a variety of applications that we’ve never seen before.

CyberProLYNX CyberPro Wins Innovative Product of the Year! Congratulations to the team at Lynxspring for winning the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Innovative Product of the Year with the Lynxspring Cyber Pro (Watch George Hawkins’ presentation). Designed with building operations in mind, LYNX CyberPro creates “shields of security” and preemptive threat protection for the devices and systems across a building network by securing, managing, controlling, tracking and monitoring all account access and activities. The solution supports leading building automation protocols with TCP/IP networks and can be accessed from anywhere without exposing building system devices to the public internet.

Making Device Data Self-describing to Enable Seamless Integration Across Multiple Applications

Haystack2015 Article by Marc Petock, Vice President Marketing, Lynxspring & Connexx Energy and Member Board of Directors, Project-Haystack.

The amount of data created by equipment, systems and devices has exploded in recent years. Today’s automation systems and smart devices produce tremendous amounts of data to the point where we have expanded our reach to a range of devices that can gather and analyze physical data and react to that data in a variety of applications that we’ve never seen before.

However, this data can be very hard to organize and use across different applications because it is stored in many different formats; has inconsistent naming conventions and very limited data descriptors. It lacks information to describe the meaning of the data. And without meaning a time-consuming manual effort is required before analysis and value creation can begin. And without proper analytics, this data is not useful.

The challenge is to make the data available in the right format and deliver it to the right person at the right place and time within a secured environment. This is the basic requirement to create a data value chain.To realize the full value of data, it must be collected securely, in a timely manner, standardized in the correct format, made ready to be used, put in context with operations and events and presented to the right persons at the right time to enable timely decision-making.

To make sense of this, ease the challenge of integrating data from diverse systems and devices and to effectively analyze, visualize, and derive value from all this data, Project-Haystack.org was started in March of 2011 by a small group of individuals who recognized a major unfilled need in the automation market existed – that being a uniform way to make device data self-describing so that it could be easily used across different applications and maximize its value.Today over 650 people have joined the Project-Haystack forum and the tagging libraries and open source contributions continue to grow. Many of the major communications standards are committed to including semantic tagging in next generation protocols and have voiced their intention to support Haystack. Project-Haystack has become the leading solution for making data-self describing so that it can be easily used across applications.
One of the major activities the community undertakes is Haystack Connect.

Haystack Connect provides a unique opportunity for professionals involved in automation, control and the Internet of Things to learn and share the latest techniques for connecting systems and utilizing device data in applications, including intelligent buildings, energy management, remote monitoring and other smart-device applications. Session topics include data acquisition, communications, wireless technologies, protocol translation, data visualization, analytics and methods, which can effectively bring data together for improved systems and equipment performance.

This year’s event is taking place May 18-20 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs Colorado.
To find out more, visit www.project-haystack.org and www.haystackconnect.org.

Siemens MD Energy Meters Sales Training Video

Siemens_MD_MeterSiemens Industry’s MD Model Power Meter is a submetering device designed to provide real time, accurate electricity metering to enable proper control over energy costs. The meter can capture kWh/kW energy and demand data, as well as virtually all relevant energy parameters for diagnostics and monitoring on three-phase or single-phase circuit installations. The meter’s flexibility, size, and ease-of use make them ideal tools for gathering detailed consumption information in commercial, industrial, governmental, and retail environments.

The meter uses direct connections to each phase of the voltage and various interchangeable current transformer (CT) options such as split-core CTs or flexible Rogowski Coils (for large loads or large cables and bussbars) to monitor current on each phase. All of Siemens’ current transformers are internally shunted for intrinsically safe operation on energized conductors. The power meter makes over 50 total electrical measurements which are derived from the voltage and current inputs. Electrical load diagnostic parameters such as power factor (both Apparent and Displacement) and line frequency are captured in addition to energy and demand values.