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.

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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.

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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

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.

Share Your Knowledge – Bring Your Experience to Haystack Connect 2015

Haystack2015Planning for Haystack Connect 2015 is well underway. With a little over 4 months before the conference kicks off, the event has 14 major sponsors and exhibitors as well as 3 Media sponsors, with new companies signing up every week. See the current sponsors here: www.haystackconnect.org/sponsors.

The technical program is taking shape with a number of papers and presentations submitted on a wide range of topics around the conference themes that include Data Modeling, Hardware, Analytics, Cyber Security, Energy, Wireless and more. Consider joining the community at the Haystack Connect event — submit a presentation and share your expertise.

The Call for Papers and Presentations is open until March 15, but don’t wait! Submit a Paper here: http://events.haystackconnect.org/2015/#presenting.

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To learn more about Haystack Connect 2015, please visit: www.haystackconnect.org

To learn more about Project Haystack, the open source effort to make devices data self-describing and easier to work with across applications visit: http://project-haystack.org/

Marc Petock
Vice President, Marketing

Lynxspring, Inc.
1210 NE Windsor Drive
Lee’s Summit, MO 64086
Office (816) 347-3500
Cell: (804) 307-3353
marc.petock@lynxspring.com
www.lynxspring.com

Haystack Connect 2015 Countdown! 8 Days Left Till Early Bird Discount Ends

PH_2015 There are 8 days remaining to receive the Early Bird rate of $695 per attendee.

The regular rate of $795 will take effect January 31, 2015. Haystack Connect 2015 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 will 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.

Registration for the Haystack Connect 2015 event is processed through Pointview.

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Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!

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.

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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.