Project Haystack Announces Haystack Connect 2015 Conference

Project HaystackThis is THE EVENT that Connects Community and Ecosystem — Driving Smart Data, Smart Devices, Smart Buildings and Smart Business!

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO –October, 14, 2015 Project Haystack, a non-profit, 501C organization focused on developing common standards to streamline the interchange of data among today’s smart devices announced the dates and venue for the Haystack Connect 2015 conference.

Taking place May 18-May 20, 2015 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs Colorado, Haystack Connect 2015 is an open forum conference where the community of leading technology suppliers, systems integrators and forward looking end users come together to advance the state of the art in managing, presenting and analyzing the vast amount of data generated by today’s smart devices and equipment systems.

Haystack Connect provides a unique venue for professionals involved in automation, control and the Internet of Things to come together 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 will include data acquisition, communications, protocol translation, data visualization, analytics and methods to effectively bring data together for improved systems and equipment performance.

What Is Project Haystack? The devices that make up the Internet of Things – automation systems, metering systems, sensors and smart devices – produce tremendous amounts of data. This data is very hard to organize and use across different applications because it is stored in several 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.

Project Haystack is an open, flexible, extensible, data modeling approach and standard for today’s common equipment systems and devices that makes it easy and simple for software applications to consume, analyze and present data from devices and equipment systems in the same way and with the same meaning.

Since its formation in March of 2011, Project-Haystack.org has grown tremendously providing the industry with an open-source, collaborative environment where people and organizations 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. More information on Project-Haystack can be found at: www.project-haystack.org.

About Haystack Connect 2015: Connecting Companies, Communities and People who are re-defining smart and connected systems, Haystack Connect 2015 is the event that brings together the systems integrators, technology suppliers and customers who are leading the way to more efficient and sustainable buildings and advanced smart-device applications. Haystack Connect is a unique “open forum” conference organized and sponsored by the community, for the community.

Contacts:

John Petze
Project Haystack, Executive Director
Principal, SkyFoundry
john@skyfoundry.com

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

Farewell and Happy Retirement to Pat Marley

PatPat Marley recently ended his 24 year career with Stromquist and started on a new journey called retirement.  Pat worked in our Orlando branch and was indeed a tremendous asset to our team.  He worked in sales and purchasing, but actually he did anything and everything that needed to be done to help our customers.  Having started in the HVAC industry in 1974 and gone through multiple training classes, Pat was like a walking encyclopedia of HVAC controls.  Not only was he knowledgeable, he was always more than willing to help customers and co-workers alike.

Pat celebrated his retirement kick-off with friends and co-workers at a dinner in Orlando last week.  We will greatly  miss having him as part of our Stromquist family, and we wish him much happiness and fulfillment in the future years.  Cheers Pat!  Enjoy the next phase!

CoRE Tech 2014 @ Sprint Campus & OPCC, Overland Park, KS — November 10-11

coretech923_2014CoRE Tech 2014 is a unique gathering of the world’s most proactive, visionary corporate real estate executives who’ve elected to come together to focus on innovative automation and technology strategies. Day 1 of the 2-day event will be held on the Sprint Corporate HQ Campus. Day 2 will be held at the nearby Overland Park Convention Center.

Watch this 3 minute video to see how CoRE Tech will give you an opportunity to collaborate with other industry professionals and to explore how Innovation, Technology and Automation are changing the way we operate and use corporate real estate and facilities.

Embracing Change : REThink | Innovate | Transform

Over the last decade, technological advancements have (1) reduced the need for traditional office space, (2) radically transformed CRE information management strategies and (3) introduced a new era of smart buildings and campuses. At the heart of this change is the ubiquity of high-speed Internet access, mobile technologies and cloud-based collaboration tools.

While these technological innovations have been happening gradually during this time, a significant increase in momentum has been seen in the last 12-18 months. This infographic illustrates the ongoing process.

Corporate real estate transformation begins with a business process requiring improvement, which is the BUSINESS DRIVER (motivation). We then move onto INNOVATION (the idea) where we aggregate the TECHNOLOGY (the tools) and finally the AUTOMATION of the process (the result).
The automation that results impacts three major areas of corporate real estate and facilities, 1) how we use space, 2) the information systems used to manage real estate and facility processes and 3) the smart, connected, high-performance building and campus.

Corporate America and corporations around the world have begun to fully embrace the benefits of how innovation, technology and automation can significantly transform how we use and operate buildings. The three most obvious business benefits include:

Significant reduction in energy usage
Significant reduction in operating costs
Creation of an engaging, safe and productive work environment

Sprint to Host CoRE Tech 2014: Sprint, a longtime pioneer in the mobility industry, along with several of their partners, have developed a series of mobile technology offerings designed specifically for the CRE and facilities environment. They will be the host of this year’s CoRE Tech conference, giving attendees a unique opportunity to tour their corporate campus and explore their Innovation Program focused on solving real estate problems using mobile and other leading-edge technologies.

A few of the many mobile-based solutions to be showcased at the campus are: Auto & Bike Fleet Management Tracking, Wireless Lighting Controls, Wireless Sensors, Mobile Data Collection, Automated Waste & Recycling Management, Wireless Water & Leak Detection, 3G/4G Remote Surveillance, Fire Extinguisher Monitoring, and many more.

Technology, automation and innovation are at the center of Corporate Real Estate and Facilities!

The CoRE Tech education program will focus on the issues facing corporate real estate, facility, sustainability and energy executives and explore the technology tools available that can positively impact the bottom line of their companies – from automating business processes, to general technology solutions specifically for corporate real estate organizations, to smarter “green” intelligent building technologies.

VIEW Education Program Details!

CoRE Tech2014 – Nov 10-11, 2014 – Sprint Campus and OPCC, Overland Park, KS

coretech2014 CoRE Tech 2014 is a unique gathering of the world’s most proactive, visionary corporate real estate executives who’ve elected to come together in order to focus on innovative automation and technology strategies that will enable them to move their respective corporate real estate organizations into the 21st century.

Embracing Change : REThink | Innovate | Transform

Over the last decade, technological advancements have (1) reduced the need for traditional office space, (2) radically transformed CRE information management strategies and (3) introduced a new era of smart buildings and campuses. At the heart of this change is the ubiquity of high-speed Internet access, mobile technologies and cloud-based collaboration tools. The CoRE Tech 2014 conference, with its theme, Embracing Change: REThink | Innovate | Transform, will showcase how technology continues to drive how we design, develop, lease, manage and use corporate facilities today.

Sprint, a longtime pioneer in the mobility industry, along with its partners, have developed a series of mobile technology offerings designed specifically for the CRE and facilities environment. They will be the host of this year’s CoRE Tech conference, giving attendees a unique opportunity to tour their corporate campus and explore their ‘Innovation Program’ focused on solving real estate problems using mobile and other leading-edge technologies.

A few of the many mobile-based solutions to be showcased on the campus tour include: Building Alarm Monitoring, Electronic Key & Access Control System, Fleet Management Tracking, 3G/4G Remote Surveillance, Workplace Utilization Tracking, Wireless Lighting Controls, Fire Extinguisher Monitoring, and others.

Technology, automation and innovation are at the center of Corporate Real Estate and Facilities!

* Information systems are organizing real estate, facility, energy, finance and human resource data like never before.
* Smart buildings and campuses are redefining corporate real estate best practices.
* Mobility and all the changes it brings to the workplace represent a major paradigm shift in how corporations and their employees operate.
*For anyone who touches corporate real estate and facilities, the skills and organizational chart are quickly changing.

The conference education program will focus on the issues facing corporate real estate, facility, sustainability and energy executives and explore the technology tools available that can positively impact the bottom line of their companies – from automating business processes, to general technology solutions specifically for corporate real estate organizations, to smarter “green” intelligent building technologies.

John Petze Delivers Project-Haystack 501-(c) (6) Status Announcement at IBcon 2014

John Petze, a leading spokesperson for Project-Haystack, the open source initiative focused on developing semantic modeling conventions and taxonomies for smart device data today, announced the formation of a 501-C6 Corporation made possible by its founding members: Airmaster, J2 Innovations, Lynxspring, Siemens, SkyFoundry, Wattstopper, and Yardi. Since its formation in March of 2011, Project-Haystack.org has grown tremendously (now, over 500 members) 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.

More 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.

Powered by Possibilites: Video Welcome to the 2014 Niagara Summit

TridiumThe power of this video lingers and it continues its vision of what the future holds. Awesome kick-off to the “Welcome to the 2014 Niagara Summit,” where the power of the Niagara Framework and Innovation met — and keep meeting. With the open internet of things and Niagara, buildings are more efficient, data centers are optimized, industrial plants are improving quality and precision, and city infrastructures are connected and smarter. Prepare to be Powered by Possibilities!

Vivid Performance: Meet Viconics’ VT8000 Series Thermostat & Room Comfort Controller

ViconicsVT8Simon Leblond, Schneider Electric’s Director of Strategy & Marketing, Buildings Division, explains to the Niagara and ControlTrends Communities — why year in and year out — Viconics is the thermostat or room comfort controller of choice that offers the lowest installed cost. The new VT8000 series is available with wireless and all the communication protocols, along with a customizable display that allows color matching decor, branding emphasis, live language changes, other features that will help pull the sale of Viconics through the interior designer and architect channels.

Project-Haystack Announces Formation of 501-C Corporation and Founding Members

Project HaystackProject-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 and Founding Members.

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 seven founding member companies: Airmaster, J2 Innovations, Lynxspring, Siemens, SkyFoundry, Wattstopper, and Yardi.

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.

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-haystsck.org.

Media Contacts:
Marc Petock
Vice President Marketing
Lynxspring, Inc.
Marc.petock@lynxspring.com

John Petze
Principal
SkyFoundry

EASYIO’s Annual Conference in Madrid, Spain! September 14-17, 2014, World Event

2014_EasyIO_PartnerEventYou fancy a nice break in Madrid, Spain? – with your friends from EasyIO? – we have lots of new goodies to show you (include the Mega Beast V2 FG hardware) over an action-packed three days in Madrid, Spain. Includes Training and Developer Sessions.

More details to follow! Please put this awesome event in your calendars and diaries for 2014, and treat yourself to an unforgettable business event and experience in the of the most marvelous and beautiful cities in the world.Easy-IO

Attendee details and sign-up here.

Rocking The Niagara Summit with Lynxspring

Great fun was had at the Lynxspring booth during the 2014 Niagara Summit Vendor Showcase. We got to spend time with Lynxspring President and CEO, Terry Swope, who shared his views about Lynxspring’s products and philosophies. We also had a very special treat, as the one and only Marc Petock, interviews Jeff Houpt, of Automation Integrated, LLC, one of Lynxspring’s top integration partners, whose Lynxspring solution reduced operational costs on such a broad scale that this major retail customer was able to almost double their number of stores and increase their market presence from five to eleven states.