KMC Representatives Attend Dell Annual Analyst Conference

NEW PARIS, Indiana – May 27, 2015

KMC Controls, a leader in building automation systems, today announced its participation in the Dell Annual Analyst Conference in Austin, Texas from May 27th through May 29th. The Dell team invited KMC’s Richard Newberry and Erich Kreuter as strategic envoys to the high-profile event.

Dell’s annual conference offers analysts the opportunity and access to engage with Dell customers, partners and senior Dell executives, as well as attend focused breakout sessions and a technology showcase.

Richard Newberry, Strategic Advisor to KMC’s Board of Directors, commented that, “…this brings KMC’s visibility in our work with Dell to a new level and allows us to convey our message and our leadership in Internet of Things (IoT) to a key audience of strategic partners, analysts, investors, and technology leaders. We are honored to be invited to participate in such an exciting event, and the coming year holds great promise as we bring our solutions to market. Attendance at the conference validates the progress that we have made and gives us a chance to get more people interested in the work that’s being done.”

Dell and KMC are firmly committed to bringing the power of the Internet of Things to building automation by enabling secure, timely access and control of building systems and data to building owners and property managers.

KMC is partnering with Dell and Intel® in developing a complete IoT platform for building automation that forms an end-to-end solution, from sensors and controllers (edge devices) to cloud-based remote management applications. Remote visualization and control are enabled via a cloud-hosted, mobile application based architecture with secure data access.
KMC will be exhibiting its new technology as a platinum-level sponsor at two major upcoming events:
Cochrane Supply Niagara Summit from June 4th through June 5th, 2015 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Realcomm IBCon from June 9th through June 10th, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas

Parties interested in learning more or speaking with the development team may contact KMC Controls at

2015 Haystack Connect Highlight: Ken Sinclair Interviews Jack McGowan

KensControlTrends’ good friend Ken Sinclair, of Automated Buildings, interviews Jack McGowan, of The McGowan Group, immediately after Jack’s Keynote presentation at Haystack Connect’s Day 2 General Session. This candid video captures the two long-time friends and industry titans, discussing Jack’s sixth book, published by Fairmont Press and available August 1, 2015. The book entitled “Energy & Analytics, Big Data, and Building Technology Integration,” addresses leveraging all of the intelligence in the building, as well as leveraging the intelligence of the integrator community, which drive more value to the customer and more business to the integrator. Pre-order forms are available now on the website. John Petze, Ken Sinclair, and Jim Lee contributed forewards to the various sections of the book.

“Off to a Great Start!” Project Haystack’s Executive Director John Petze Reports

Executive Director, John Petze, regaled ControlTrends with the exciting news that 2015 Haystack Connect is off to a great start: New people, new vendors, more consultants, and the spirit of collaboration that includes the likes of Siemens, have all helped Project Haystack emerge as the leading initiative that helps people, at all levels, get more value from their systems. In order to use advanced analytic techniques, enhanced reporting, and comprehensive energy analysis, you must go through the process of tagging data. Project Haystack seeks to make this a machine to machine effort using self-describing data that would eliminate significant costs. Project Haystack: It’s time to make the use of self-describing data — the specified norm.

2015 Haystack Connect Day One — General Session, Opening Comments, and Keynote Speakers

Marc Petock and John Petze hit the stage running and kicked off the 2015 Haystack Connect with a grateful thanks to the Project Haystack Sponsors and its 900 Haystack community members, 245 of which, were present at the General Session. Project Haystack has grown by 45% over the last two years. Special recognition was given to Lynxspring, Contemporary Controls, KMC’s Conquest, J2 Innovations, BASSG, and Plant Pro/Air Masters for their efforts in developing Haystack applications.

David Mantell of Vodaphone, was the first keynote speaker. David reviewed Global M2M Platforms and Vodafone’s Dedicated M2M Managed Services Engine. M2M will play an increasing important role in Energy Data Management by providing greater visibility of operating conditions, automated monitoring, alarm notifications, and remote control. M2M visibility is now critical because customers want “one hand to shake” or “one throat to choke,” and how M2M now links customers directly to the manufacturers for issues and resolutions.

Second Keynote Speaker: Dr. Milan Milenkovic, Principal Engineer in Intel Labs, Santa Clara, CA. Dr. Milan Milenkovic has worked in industry and academia, doing research on distributed computing, operating systems and a variety of emerging technologies. He is currently the principal investigator of the POEM project that explores uses of dynamic personal sensing, by integrating data from all sensors that may surround a user in a given setting or time. Dr. Milan Milenkovic, Intel reviewed the world of existing buildings and the lack of a holistic operation and how computing economics, pervasive connectivity, and Big Data and Analytics are driving aggregation and optimization. Dr. Milenkovic also reviewed Intel’s dive into Haystack and Intel’s work with Daikin McQuay and KMC’s school project, École secondaire publique Gisèle-Lalonde, one of the most IoT ready school in North America.

Haystack Connect 2015: Open Source Community Resumes Plenary Session, Colorado Springs, CO

pikes_peakThe majestic snow covered Pikes Peak contrasted by the wondrous earthy red rock formations of the Garden of the Gods provided a suitably inspiring setting for Haystack Connect as it resumed its mission to adroitly usher in the world of self-defining data — in a collaborative way that no single-minded entity could possibly achieve. Marc Petock and three special guests, Brian Frank, Anno Scholten, and Richard McElhinney join ControlTrends for a pre-reception discussion of why some 240 of the top global automation and IoT professionals are attending the second Haystack Connect meeting, and what the continued growth and success of Project Haystack represents for the future of building data.

More about the guests:

Bryan Frank, founder and president of SkyFoundry, a software company specializing in the storage, analysis, and visualization of data from the Internet of Things. SkyFoundry’s software is used across the world in thousands of sites to analyze and optimize M2M systems including energy, HVAC, and lighting.

Anno Shelton, C.E.M., C.D.S.M. and President of CONNEXX Energy. Anno has spent the last 25 years driving innovation in building control systems and smart grid technologies where he has developed leading edge, smart grid energy products for the commercial building markets. Anno is a widely recognized industry expert and sought after speaker at building automation and smart grid conferences and holds a US Patent on a distributed-architecture building controller.

Richard McElhinney, Chief Software Architect at Airmaster Australia and Conserve it. Richard is a founding member of the Project Haystack 501C corporation and a member of the board of directors. As an early contributor to Richard was the author of the first Niagara AX semantic modelling implementation which has served as the basis for the current NHaystack implementation.

More Information/Haystack Connect 2015 Agenda:

Day 1 General Session, Opening Comments and Keynote Speakers: David Mantell, Vodafone and Dr. Milan Milenkovic, Intel.

Day 2 General Session, Multi-Vendor Demo and Keynote Speakers: Jack McGowan, The McGowan Group and Peter Kelly
Detwiler, NorthBridge Energy Partners.

Contemporary Controls’ BASintegratorJ2: Niagara AX Integration via Haystack

Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 9.21.01 AMMay 2015 — The BASintegratorJ2 uses a subset of J2innovations’s FIN stack to create a powerful, yet flexible intelligent gateway that integrates Modbus and BACnet points up to Project Haystack clients.

Built on Contemporary Controls’ open automation Linux platform, the BASintegratorJ2 can discover points and apply Haystack tags to serve up to building supervisors such as Niagara’s AX Supervisor. Using an open and free Haystack driver in the AX Supervisor, the AX Supervisor only needs to know the IP address of the BASintegratorJ2s in the network for a seamless interface to all points on a job regardless of the type of point. The result is an inexpensive, yet modern approach to building automation where access to structured data is critical.

Project Haystack is an open-source initiative that incorporates a data model that creates structure to this data through naming conventions. The tagging convention is driven through public comment. Using Project Haystack conventions, the BASintegratorJ2 not only provides structure to data but also captures the data in a cost-effective manner while delivering tagged field data up to building supervisors.

Haystack Connect 2015: Smart Data. Smart Devices. Smart Buildings => Smart Business

Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 9.21.37 AMHaystack Connect, THE conference that focuses on real world solutions for connecting data from diverse systems and devices from across the Internet of Things, begins on Monday May 18. There is still time to register to attend this important and informative event. For professionals involved in systems integration, and applications that utilize sensor and operational data its not to be missed.

Here are just a few reasons to attend:

* A stellar lineup of keynote speakers including: David Mantell, Vodafone, Dr. Milan Milenkovic, Intel, Jack McGowan, The McGowan Group, Peter Kelly Detwiler, Northbridge Energy Partners
* Technical sessions by industry experts on topics including: Data Modeling in the real world, Wireless Technology – from cellular to the sensor, Analytics, Key Business Trends Affecting Systems Integrators, Cyber Security, and Data Visualization
* An in-person, working group meeting of the Project-Haystack community
* Key announcements about Project-Haystack
* The return of the Interoperable Blues Band — an industry legend!
* J2 Poker Tournament

And… the unique camaraderie and networking provided by the only industry conference produced by and for the community.

There is still time to register at:

We hope to see you there!

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.

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 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


Robin Bestel
Project Haystack, Conference Manager

John Petze
Project Haystack, Executive Director
Principal, SkyFoundry

Marc Petock
Project Haystack, Secretary
Lynxspring, Inc.

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, 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 and