– John Petze and Ken Sinclair
John Petze, C.E.M., is a partner in
SkyFoundry, the developers of SkySpark™, an analytics platform for
building, energy and equipment data. John is one of the founding
volunteers of the Project-haystack.org initiative. John has over 25
years of experience in building automation, energy management and M2M,
having served in senior level positions for manufacturers of hardware
and software products. At SkyFoundry he rejoins Brian Frank, co-founder
and chief architect of Tridium’s Niagara Framework, as they look to
bring the next generation of information analytics to the “Internet of
an update on
Project-Haystack since the Haystack Connect conference
Can you give us an update on
Project-Haystack since the Haystack Connect conference that was held in
Petze: It’s been a
very busy and exciting time for the Project-Haystack
effort. The conference really accelerated the work being done by the
community. Some people that had been watching from the sidelines, or
commenting only infrequently had the chance to meet in-person and the
activity level and involvement has dramatically increased. It’s amazing
to see the impact that in-person meetings and industry events can have.
I guess its good news that people still need to get together face to
face to make things happen in this day of electronic communication,
webcasts, and email.
One of the things that came out of those meetings was that a number of
people have been utilizing Haystack data modeling techniques but have
not had the opportunity to contribute all of their work back to the
community. So now a small group has been assembled to rapidly review
that work via a series of focused conference calls. Then the work will
be submitted back to the community forum. The result will be rapid
advances in the area of standard data models for a range of equipment
systems. This is one of the many exciting results that have occurred
from the conference.
We are also excited to announce that the work being accomplished by
Project-Haystack has been recognized with a Digie award at the
Realcomm/IBCon event earlier this month. That’s a great recognition of
the impact Haystack is making and of course helps drive awareness.
Project Haystack was awarded the Digie for Best Intelligent Building
Technology Innovation at the Realcomm/IBCon conference June 12-13,
2013. Realcomm has been presenting the "Digie" Awards (short for
Commercial Real Estate Digital Innovation Awards) since 1999 to
recognize companies, projects, technologies and people that have gone
above and beyond to positively impact the Commercial Real Estate
industry through the use of technology, automation and innovation.
The award recognized Project-Haystack for:
- Bringing together industry leaders in an open source community to
solve the problem of standardizing the data models for building system
data over IP networks
- A Dedicated commitment to truly open, interoperable building
- Creating a forum for next generation system integrators to define
and share best practices
Full details on the Digie award can be found here: http://project-haystack.org/forum/topic/100
Project-Haystack Supporters Press Release. In addition, a number of
leading companies providing a wide range of technology for smart
buildings have joined in a press release confirming their support for
Project Haystack. You can find the press release here:
Can you remind our readers how to
participate in Project-Haystack?
: Sure. Perhaps
a bit of review is merited. Project-Haystack is an
open source community-based initiative to develop naming conventions
and taxonomies for building equipment and operational data. The
community defines standardized data models for sites, equipment, and
points related to energy, HVAC, lighting, and other building
operational systems, etc. And, there is now a simple REST API designed
to facilitate the exchange of Haystack data over HTTP.
The Project is open to anyone that wants to participate. Simply go to
and sign up to participate in the forum. Project
Haystack encompasses the entire value chain of building systems and
related intelligent devices. Owners and consultants can specify that
Haystack conventions are used in their building automation systems to
ensure cost effective management of their buildings for years to come.
System integrators and manufacturers who integrate Haystack support
into their projects and products are positioned for the future of value
The Haystack community and all associated intellectual property is
managed as an open source project using the Academic Free License 3.0.
Anyone is free to participate as long as contributed IP is licensed
under the AFL. This ensures that Haystack IP is open and freely
available for any commercial use.
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