Project Haystack Announces 10th Issue of Connections Magazine and Haystack Essentials eLearning Course

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – January 24, 2022 – The Project Haystack Organization (, 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 the publication of the 10th issue of their Connections Magazine.

This issue of Connections Magazine reports on the latest activities submitted by the Project Haystack community from around the world, looking at how this community-driven, open-source standard is adding meaning to the vast amount of device data produced by smart devices. Project Haystack provides a comprehensive, open standard for semantic tagging of data that has been embraced worldwide. As the world moves towards becoming more and more data-driven, the theme of this issue is: Data. Our New Asset.

Working with data from building systems is where the Project Haystack tagging methodology gained traction and adoption, but the Haystack methodology is not just about HVAC, temperature sensors, fans, and meters. The IoT, Building IoT and the Industrial IoT are bringing diverse smart devices into high-rise commercial buildings, industrial facilities, universities, homes, factories, and agriculture. The Project Haystack tagging methodology is now being deployed in thousands of buildings incorporating millions of square feet globally.

Today, Project Haystack also announced a new Haystack Essentials eLearning Course by Fantom Factory. It is designed for anyone new to Project Haystack, to learn what Haystack Tags are and to understand how to apply them to a basic site model. Using interactive exercises, trainees can practice applying these tags into example scenarios and models. More information is available at:

“More and more organizations recognize the value provided by Haystack and have adopted it in their products and services and are demonstrating their support by joining the organization. Project Haystack is playing the leading role in making device data interoperable, providing the industry with a standard metadata model, tools, reference implementations and educational materials, all developed by a true open-source community,” said John Petze, Executive Director of the Project Haystack Organization. “Growing membership in the organization, additional working groups, and real-world, use cases, now estimated to be over 40,000 facilities worldwide, all point to the growth and acceptance of the Haystack standard.”

Facility owners, operators, managers, and service companies recognize that a standardized approach to semantic data modeling has been key to overcoming the hurdles related to effectively using data produced by the built environment. Many of the articles in this issue were written by end users including design consultants, commissioning experts, smart building consultants, property managers and developers – all of whom are demanding smarter, interoperable solutions. This issue also focuses on companies that are responding by providing Haystack-compatible products and solutions.

“Further evidence of the acceptance of the Haystack methodology was the selection of Project Haystack for funding under the DoE Building Technologies Office Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) Funding Opportunity,” said Marc Petock, Executive Secretary of the Project Haystack Organization. “Submitting for this award was a huge undertaking by a core group of community members. The award launches a project under which Project Haystack will create a validation framework for semantic metadata models to bring the industry an accreditation system for semantic interoperability.”

Consisting of over 70 pages, the 10th issue of Connections Magazine includes a use case contributed by Tridium. Articles were contributed by J2 Innovations and Conserve It, the DLR Group, the Epsten Group, Lynxspring, Energocentrum Plus, and CloudBlue, and BuildingFit.

Project Haystack Working Groups provided updates to their work and as always, there is a section dedicated to Tools for Developers and Integrators, How to Get Involved, a curation of social media about Project Haystack Member Projects, Practices and Products, and a directory of all Project Haystack Members.

Project Haystack also announced new Associate Member companies that have recently joined the organization: 75F and Switch Automation.

The Project Haystack Connections Magazine January 2022 issue is available for download at

The Project Haystack Organization consists of Founding Member and Board Member companies Conserve It, J2 Innovations, Legrand, Lynxspring, Siemens and SkyFoundry, and Associate Member companies 75F, Accu-Temp Systems, Allander Analytics, Altura Associates, Automated Logic, BASSG, Bueno Systems, Brainbox AI, BuildingFit, Buildings IOT, Clockworks Analytics, CABA, e-Magic, Energy Management Association, Intellastar, Intelligent Buildings, IoT Warez, KMC Controls, KNX Association, Switch Automation, Tridium, WideSky and Yorkland Controls, as well as numerous Project Haystack Supporters involved in Working Groups.

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 the Project Haystack Organization and membership is available at: For Developers, please visit:


John Petze

Project Haystack, Executive Director

Principal, SkyFoundry

Marc Petock

Project Haystack, Executive Secretary

Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Lynxspring, Inc.


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