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In celebration of the first ever Connections magazine I worked on a March review entitled "How to Build a Haystack", the brief history of Haystack as chronologically documented on  Even I was amazed at the length and depth of our journey to date. Project Haystack Connections is a major milestone. Amazing job by all those that are Haystackable.

Journey to build the Haystack community started here:

April 2011

Finding the Needle The emerging field of analytics is the key to turning the data from smart systems into actionable intelligence. - John Petze, C.E.M. Partner, SkyFoundry

May 2011

Project-Haystack  We are now awash in large volumes of data, but we can’t easily derive value from it.  Project Haystack's mission is to define this common vocabulary so that we can derive value from all the data our building automation systems are collecting. - Brian Frank, Founder, SkyFoundry

November 2012

An Update on Project Haystack  Haystack tagging makes it possible for visualization software to assemble graphics of equipment systems with almost no human involvement. - Brian Frank, Founder SkyFoundry

January 2013

Haystack Connect 2013 - A New Industry Event  Bringing together the companies, communities and people who are redefining smart and connected systems.  April 29-May 2, 2013, Chattanoogan Hotel, Chattanooga, TN. - John Petze, Principal, SkyFoundry

needle in haystack

March 2013

The "Community" Comes Together  to Produce Its Own Event - John Petze, Principal, SkyFoundry

June 2013

Haystack Connect Event Review  The ability to automatically interpret the meaning of data enables best of breed applications to be implemented, quickly and at lower cost. This gives owners more choice and a faster path to financial return. - Marc Petock, Vice President Marketing, Lynxspring

Something Happening Here - Haystack-Connect Event review- So from every successful event there needs to be a take away that changes our point of view.  For me it was captured when a couple of hayseeds took the stage and planted the seeds of change and showed us all how a connected Haystack using data modeling could alter industry dynamics as we know them.

July 2013

Project-Haystack Update  an update on Project-Haystack since the Haystack Connect conference - John Petze, Principal, SkyFoundry

The Taxonomies of oBIX  Every taxonomy is the outward manifestation of an information model. - Toby Considine, TC9 Inc

BAS Communities Need Bridges, Not Walls  Unfortunately, the perception and misconception was created that Haystack tagging was created by and for the Tridium community. - Steve Jones, Managing Partner, The S4 Group, Inc

August 2013

Niagara and nHaystack Module  nHaystack is the “engine” for the Haystack communication protocol and also a tool for configuring Haystack tags using views in Niagara Work Bench. - Jason Briggs, CEO, Founder and Haystack Volunteer, J2 Innovations

October 2013

Project Haystack Announces Educational Webinar - The webinar will be presented at 11AM ET, on Tue Nov 12, 2013.

December 2013

Project Haystack Extends Outreach with Educational Webinars  The webinar, scheduled for 11AM ET, on Tue Dec 17, 2013, will include a variety of speakers presenting examples showing how the Haystack approach helps reduce project costs streamlining the work involved in data presentation, analytics and reporting. - John Petze, SkyFoundry

March 2014

oBIX & Haystack -- Understanding where each fits.   oBIX and the open source Haystack are both excellent choices to make data integration easy.

oBIX's new life in the OASIS  A quick history lesson and a new direction for oBIX (Open Building Information Xchange) and OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards).

January 2015

A View on Project-Haystack From Down Under  We are hearing the need for raising more awareness within the BMS contractor community and trying to organise some general education on the topic. - Richard McElhinney, Chief Software Architect, Airmaster Pty. Ltd

March 2015

Preview - Haystack Connect 2015

A Preview of the Haystack Connect Technical Program  Haystack Connect 2015 (May 18-20) brings together the systems integrators, technology providers and end users who are leading the way to more efficient and sustainable buildings and advanced smart-device applications. - Project Haystack - Haystack Connect Organizing Committee

April 2015

Haystack Connect  What is it and Why Should I Attend? - Submitted by The IBB mystery drummer

Making Device Data Self-Describing to Enable Seamless Integration across Multiple Applications  Project-Haystack has become the leading solution for making data-self describing so that it can be easily used across applications. - Marc Petock, Vice President, Marketing Lynxspring & Connexx Energy, Member Board of Directors, Project-Haystack

May 2015

Haystack Connect  Final Update before the Event - John Petze,  Board Member, Project-Haystack Corp

Haystack Enabled Energy Efficiency  Environment had Haystack tags added and because the points that are tagged were standard on all of our builds, we had everything necessary to export data to any external application. -  Kevin J. Tock, Director, Product Development, Enerliance

The Spirit of Project Haystack  In preparation for this interview, I re-watched the 23 minute ControlTrends video that captured the spirit of Project Haystack. - Ken Smyers, VP and Co-Owner, DMS Controls Group, LLC

June 2015

Haystack Connect Review  A summary of my observations and takeaways now that I am back from the stack.

August 2015

Project-Haystack Continues Growing  with the Addition of New Associate Members - John Petze, Project Haystack, Executive Director, Principal SkyFoundry & Marc Petock, Project Haystack, Secretary, Vice President, Marketing, Lynxspring

Has Project Haystack Moved the Building IoT Across the Chasm?  Has support for standardization efforts like BACnet and Project Haystack naming/tagging taxonomy grown to the point that it is providing a pathway for data-driven building operations technologies across the Chasm? - Therese Sullivan, Principal, BuildingContext Ltd

From the wayback machine; Actually talking about never throwing anything away this was just across my desk from John you know that Haystack guy talking about Ethernet becoming trendy in March 2000

Bold prediction; It is clear that Ethernet has emerged as the standard system level network.


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