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.


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