Hello, this is an invitation to the Sandstar projects working group. Sandstar is a project that we are open sourcing which merges Haystack with Sedona. [Read more…]
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA (March 02, 2018) — The ASHRAE BACnet committee (www.bacnet.org), Project Haystack (www.project-haystack.org) and Brick Schema (www.brickschema.org) announced they are actively collaborating to integrate Haystack tagging and Brick data modeling concepts into the new proposed ASHRAE Standard 223P for semantic tagging of building data.
ASHRAE Standard 223P: “Designation and Classification of Semantic Tags for Building Data” provides a dictionary of semantic tags for descriptive tagging of building data including building automation and control data along with associated systems.
By integrating Haystack tagging and Brick data modeling concepts with the upcoming ASHRAE Standard 223P, the result will enable interoperability on semantic information across the building industry, particularly in building automation.
This unified effort is aiming at a formally standardized application data modeling solution which can be implemented in various ways. For example, it will be able to be used for exchanging data over established communication protocols like the Haystack web services or BACnet, or being applied on data stored in databases and cloud applications. The first public review of the initial draft of 223P is envisioned for late 2018. Ultimately, ASHRAE Standard 223P is intended to be adopted as an ISO standard.
Aside from the engineering and automation efficiency improvements machine-readable semantic descriptions of data will provide, a single and widely used global standard will enable broader interoperability among applications — creating a competitive market place to the benefit of building owners.
About Project Haystack
Project Haystack is a 501(c) tax-exempt non-stock corporation formed May 28, 2014. The corporation functions as a trade association with the purpose of fostering the common association and interests of software and technology companies focused on developing semantic modeling solutions for data related to smart devices including: building equipment systems, automation and control devices, sensors and sensing devices, promotion and education with respect to the semantic data modeling industry for building automation systems, and to engage in educational activities directed towards the improvement of business conditions of the semantic data modeling industry for smart device data, all on a not-for-profit basis. All work developed by the project-haystack.org community is provided for use as open source software under the Academic Free License 3.0. For more information, please visit www.project-haystack.org.
About ASHRAE’s BACnet Committee
The BACnet Committee is the Standing Standard Project Committee 135 within ASHRAE and is charged with the maintenance and enhancement of the ANSI/ASHRAE Standards 135 and 135.1, which are the BACnet protocol and accompanying conformance test standard. The committee is also in charge of drafting the initial version of the proposed new ASHRAE Standard 223P. Under the auspices of ASHRAE authorities, ANSI approved review and approval processes are applied that enable the standards to be adopted as national, regional, but also global standards. BACnet® is a registered trademark of ASHRAE Inc., Atlanta, Ga. For more information, please visit www.bacnet.org.
About the Brick Schema Initiative
Brick is an open-source, BSD-licensed schema for metadata in buildings. Brick defines (1) a class hierarchy describing the families of sensors, equipment, subsystems and other building assets, and (2) a minimal, well-defined set of relationships for describing the associations and connections between those entities. These concepts are captured in an extensible RDF ontology. Applications for the built environment (such as analytics, alarms, controllers and schedulers) use the standard SPARQL query language to access the Brick representation of a building and determine the set of resources and relationships that they require to operate. This declarative approach improves portability across buildings. For more information, please visit www.brickschema.org.
Project Haystack, a 501(c) Corporation
ASHRAE BACnet Committee
Chair ASHRAE SSPC 135
Altura Associates is this year’s honoree for the work that they have done to apply Haystack across numerous projects that deliver improved performance for building owners and operators. Accepting the award on their behalf at the 2017 ControlTrends Awards is another leading member of the Haystack community, Alper Uzmezler of BASSG.
Project Haystack is an open source community driven effort to define a standard markup language for equipment system data. With this award we recognize community members that have helped advance the effort and utilize haystack to provide solutions to building owners and operators.
Data, Data everywhere! As the smart building controls world explodes, and systems become more robust, they consume and need a new type of fuel, DATA! But how do you make this data usable? It is kind of like the problem the United Nations had when they designed the UN. You have all these different participants coming together to work, but they all speak different languages. Nothing gets done until they can understand each other. Without some sort of translator nothing happens.
Take this analogy to Smart Buildings and you begin to understand the power and necessity of [Read more…]
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, October 09, 2017 — The Project Haystack Organization (www.project-haystack.org), a collaborative community addressing the challenge of utilizing semantic modeling and tagging to streamline the interchange of data among different systems, devices, equipment and software applications, today announced they have published the third issue of their Connections Magazine.
The Haystack Connections Magazine Fall 2017 issue reports on the latest news from the Project Haystack community from around the world, since their previous Spring 2017 issue. It includes updates on the progress of working groups, establishment of new tagging models, reference implementations, complimentary applications, and success stories from the community as they work together to make device data easier to use across applications of all types.
“With 50 pages of content from members around the world this issue provides clear evidence of the success and continued adoption of the Project Haystack data tagging methodologies and the growth in the community,” said John Petze, Executive Director of the Project Haystack Organization. “It also includes a significant follow-up article on the May 2017 Haystack Connect Conference that we think readers will see great value in, even if they attended the event since there was so much information presented to be able take in all at one conference.”
“And for the first time, the Haystack Connections Magazine includes advertising from technology suppliers that are already providing Project Haystack-compatible products, services and applications to the intelligent buildings community,” added Marc Petock, Executive Secretary of the Project Haystack Organization. “We greatly appreciate their support of this expanded publication.”
The Haystack Connections Magazine Fall 2017 Issue is available for download at: www.project-haystack.org/forum/topic/547.
Founding Member and Board Member companies include: Airmaster, Intel®, J2 Innovations, Legrand, Lynxspring, Siemens, SkyFoundry and Yardi, and Associate Member companies are Accu-Temp, Altura Associates, Arup, BASSG, Bueno Systems, CABA, Connexx Energy, Controlco, Intellastar, Intelligent Buildings, IoT Warez, KMC Controls, KNX Association, sensorFact and Tridium.
More information about the Haystack methodology, the Project Haystack Organization and membership is available at: www.project-haystack.org. The Discussion Forums can be found at: www.project-haystack.org/forum/topic.
To join or for more information on the Project Haystack organization, visit: www.project-haystack.org.
About Project Haystack
Since its formation in March of 2011, the Project Haystack Organization (a 501(c) non-profit trade association) has been providing the industry with an open-source, collaborative environment to address the challenge of making data self-describing using semantic modeling, also known as data tagging. The work developed by the Project Haystack member companies and community streamlines the process of managing, presenting and analyzing the vast amount of data produced by smart devices and equipment systems. The Haystack methodology can be used with virtually any type of system and device data and is not tied to any vendor or communication protocol. More information about Project Haystack is available at: www.project-haystack.org.
Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries.
Project Haystack, Executive Director
Project Haystack, Secretary
It’s a new day. Visibility is good, as dust from previous storms and battles has settled across the plane. Observers wait in the shadows. An imposing hero figure steps into the open. Everyone knows that whatever went on before—that’s over. And something new has just begun. The story of the new sheriff bringing order to a lawless place is a common plot for Western films. It feels like the commercial buildings industry is at a ‘New Sheriff’ moment right now. The power of data to bring transparency, greater security, fairer market competition and rapid change to buildings was the main theme at Haystack Connect in Tampa in early May. Advancements in contributing technologies like wireless connectivity, edge computing, analytics, machine learning, etc. were well covered in the IoT Architecture Symposium that ran during the IoT World Conference in Santa Clara in the middle of the month.
I was at both and heard speakers and exhibitors deliver similar news: The business practices that have kept the buildings industry seven to ten years behind manufacturing, processing, transportation and other industries when it comes to data-driven operations are about to see their eclipse at High Noon. It is no longer just a Wild Bunch working on data interoperability; the biggest companies in IT and OT want standardization and less friction in data flows. Soon, for a Fistful of Dollars, building owners will be able to integrate and analyze the digital data streaming from any piece of building equipment, per any key performance indicators (KPIs) they want to monitor and manage.
Project Haystack’s 3rd bi-annual gathering brought together experts in operational technology (OT)—specifically the equipment and controls manufacturers, software vendors and systems integrators that have been at the core of open-source metadata tagging standards. The big presence of new Board-level member Intel signaled that dominant forces in IT were merging onto the same path. There were keynote presentations from Rita Wouhaybi, who is guiding Industrial & Energy Solutions Architecture for Intel’s Internet of Things Group, and Milan Milenkovic of IoTSense, IoT Technology Strategic Advisor to Intel. Each offered a stage-setting market landscape:
Dr. Wouhaybi made the point that when it comes to data modeling, the need for semantic schemas and label dictionaries for various IoT market segments —cars, cities, homes, energy grid, factories —overlap. Buildings are at the center of it all, so Project Haystack lessons, knowledge and tag sets have potential for sharing and adoption across the board.
Milenkovic’s landscape was of all the IoT interoperability standardization organizations. His point was that the various bodies need to build better bridges between their definitions to achieve higher rates of adoption. He explained that some organizations are working on syntactical interoperability and others, like Project Haystack, are working on semantic interoperability. There is still so much work to do on both fronts. He put out a call for collaboration: the path forward is for the various standards organizations to add interoperability to their charters and reach out to one another.
Two new significant bridge-building efforts were presented to Haystack attendees:
ASHRAE Standard 223 “Designation and Classification of Semantic Tags for Building Data” and EdgeX FoundryTM a vendor-neutral open source project hosted by the Linux Foundation. Dave Robin, research engineer with Automated Logic Corporation, past chair of the BACnet standards committee and longtime leader of its Network Security Working Group, made the ASHRAE 223 announcement. He gave some detail about the mapping mechanism to Haystack and other ontologies. The EdgeX Foundry announcement was made at the Dell booth, as Dell contributed the initial micro-services and tens of thousands of lines of code to seed the effort. EdgeX seeks to be a resource for anyone doing an edge device to have a ‘clean’ architecture to plug into.
Anno Scholten, President of Connexx Energy, also spoke to the coming era when well-defined reference architectures will bring order to the terabytes of time-series data that will be collected for a multi-story building. Metadata tagging systems like Project Haystack dictionaries ease navigation of all this data. He used the metaphor ‘Digital Twin’ to describe the end goal—a dynamic software model that can be used to analyze and predict building systems performance. He sees all the performance and energy modeling that design engineers do before a new construction or major retrofit project is built, and all the actual time-series data that is collected once it is operating, contributing to this Digital Twin.
The participation of big architectural engineering firms as well as building commissioning/energy management firms at Haystack Connect also contributed to that new-sheriff-on-the-beat feeling. While the metaphor of the Digital Twin is a good way to personify the kind of performance authority that a complete data model will represent, the engineers that building owners hire as their trusted advocates in making technology decisions are performance authorities in the flesh. John Petze and Marc Petock of Project Haystack led an “Engineers and End-Users Panel’ that included Matt Schwartz of Altura Associates, Ben Talbot of DLR Group, Zachariah Nobel of Constellation, and Rob Murchison of Intelligent Buildings, LLC. These are the type of firms and people blazing the way toward data analytics platforms that enable monitoring-based commissioning and better energy management.
The panel talked about proof-of-concept projects that used Haystack-compliant software and edge devices to balance ‘hot-path analytics’ (acting on data as it is being generated on the edge) and ‘cold-path analytics’ (analyzing select data in the cloud). Alper Uzmezler’s presentation addressed implementing Haystack from the cloud to the edge. And a new community of developers working toward lightweight BAS suitable for analytics on the edge, Sedona Alliance, announced its formation.
These were just a few highlights at the Haystack event. I’ll be covering more of the content presented in the next edition of Haystack Connections magazine, to be published soon. ControlTrends has posted video recaps of each day of the conference that show even more of the action. Harbor Research’s Adam Hise wrote his own reflections on the Haystack Connect event here. He too describes a palpable sense of ‘New Sheriff in Town’ among the Haystack crowd:
“Systems integrators shared anecdotes of clients who, faced with the option of a proprietary system or a BACnet compliant offering that was $100K more expensive, were effectively forced into a long-term contract for a closed system. The same SIs could hardly contain a grin as they predicted, “they won’t get away with that anymore.”
Interestingly, some of the biggest proprietary-protocol-protected OEMs are also touting digitalization, aka the coming of the Digital Twin, as opportunity to renew buildings and other industries and to remake their businesses from the inside out. The stage at the IoT Architecture Symposium during IoT World was an opportunity to learn about that. For example, Suhas Joshi, Director, Honeywell, presented on merging new IoT tech with legacy C&I equipment. In the Q&A, Joshi was asked about handling ‘contextual’ data versus ‘global’ data—another way of saying meta data tagging versus the large time-series data stores. (See Anno Scholten’s Digital Twin presentation linked above.) Joshi answered “Certain markets are working on this. Look at Project Haystack.” On the same stage, Johnson Controls VP & GM of Data-Enabled Solutions, Sudhi Sinha, presented on how such a big industrial company goes about deciding who to partner with for data services, among tech-stack behemoths like Google, Amazon and Microsoft. Even companies the size of JCI must consider how to maintain power, leverage and future growth opportunities when they decide which cloud provider should store and secure their customers’ building data. Data is where the value resides. ‘Who are you going to entrust with it?’ becomes a very strategic question. The IoT Architecture Symposium also included an EdgeX Foundry presentation—just one more point in common with Haystack Connect.
Jim Lee, CEO of Cimetrics, was one of the original BACnet authors that was present at the Haystack event. He has just launched the New Deal blog with collaborator and market-mover Anto Budiardjo, who has long been dedicated to facilitating dialog between the building systems industry and commercial building professionals. ‘New Deal’ is their metaphor for the Day of the New Sheriff, Dawn of the Digital Twin, Pivot Point of the Paradigm Shift. There are already some articles well worth reading on the blog. I highly recommend Building Blocks For The New Deal:
“The New Deal is built on three critically important building blocks: BACnet open standard, model-based analytics, and service transparency.
This new blog is another response to Milan Milenkovic’s call to action for bridge-building between industry organizations working on data interoperability in the interest of finally moving more swiftly toward better buildings and toward all the Internet of Things product categories that rely on the contextual data streaming from them.
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This ControlTrends video proves that our industry is full of superstars by day and rock stars by night. DAY 3 at 2017 Haystack Connect was another fire-hose day of new information, new perspectives, and technical insight beginning with opening remarks from Scott Muench, Vice President, J2 Innovations, followed by a special presentation from Keynote speaker, Rawlson O’Neil King, Communications Director, CABA “Intelligent Buildings and the Impact of the Internet of Things.” Donny Walker, PE, RCDD, Partner at Newcomb & Boyd and Rawlson O’Neil King join ControlTrends and Therese to discuss some of the highlights from DAY 3. A sumptuous closing Gala Dinner was followed by the fantastic Interoperable Blues Band led by Leighton Wolffe (aka Eric Clapton) and featuring John “Buddy Rich” Petze and Electric Factory X Recording Artists Jon Butcher and Megan Wolf.
Congratulations and thanks to Robin Bestel of BESTEL & ASSOCIATES, John Petze, Marc Petock, and the entire body of Haystack sponsors, speakers, panelists, breakout leaders, and all of the supporters — for another hugely successful and beneficial Haystack Connect. The global spirit of purpose, collaboration, and commitment — to maximize and optimize the meaning and value of data is unprecedented, and bodes extremely well for the continued progress and future of Project Haystack.
ControlTrends is joined by Therese Sullivan, editor of BuildingContext.me, in summarizing amazing Day 2 of 2017 Haystack Connect — which shifted into overdrive as Keynote speakers Rita H. Wouhaybi, Systems Architect, Intel and Milan Milenkovic, Principal, IoTsense, took the early morning stage and helped to bring the enormous macro potential of Project Haystack into perspective. It is quite clear that there are no boundaries when it comes to data and scaling opportunities — and scaling strategies. A full complement of breakout sessions followed till 5:30 PM, with themes ranging from Industrial IoT & Connected Buildings, to Project Haystack on the Energy Path, to Large Scale IoT Architectures – The Role of the Cloud and the Edge – Lessons Learned in Large-Scale Cellular-Connected Systems. See complete breakout schedule. Also, insightful interviews with Brian Turner, OTI; Steve Guzelimian, Optertgy; and Ron Victor, IoTium.
This just in from Lynxspring’s Marc Petock:
Lynxspring is pleased to announce that we will be demonstrating our latest edge-to-enterprise and IoT solutions at Haystack Connect 2017. The biennial Conference of the Project Haystack Organization is being held this year at the Saddlebrook Resort Tampa, May 8 through May 10, 2017. These solutions will be demonstrated in Lynxspring’s Booth # E11. Lynxspring is a founding member and holds a seat on the Board of Directors of Project Haystack, and is a Sponsor of the Haystack Connect 2017 Conference.
We will be demonstrating our new [Read more…]