November 2014

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Haystack Connect 2015

Smart Data. Smart Devices. Smart Buildings. Smart Business.
John PetzeJohn Petze
Project Haystack, Executive Director
Principal, SkyFoundry

Marc PetockMarc Petock
Project Haystack, Secretary
Vice President, Marketing
Lynxspring, Inc.

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Today’s smart and connected devices are generating a never ending stream of data. Creating an increasing mountain of data, however, is not the same as creating value from that data. New tools and software applications are making it possible to identify useful information that is hidden deep within these mountains of data enabling dramatic improvements in operational performance and significant cost savings. This trend is accelerating, bringing us closer to the vision of truly data-enabled enterprises.

Collecting this data continues to get easier every year through more widespread use of open protocols, web services, near pervasive connectivity, and the communication capabilities being built in to almost every new device. Still, there are significant challenges that must be overcome to enable productive use of the data. Perhaps most important is the fact that data can be very hard to organize, integrate and use across different applications. There are a number of reasons including: inconsistent naming conventions and terminologies, the use of many different data formats, and very limited data descriptors to define what each piece of data means. In essence, our data lacks information to describe its meaning. And without meaning, a time-consuming manual effort is required before value creation can begin.

Taking cues from other data intensive applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and others who utilize tags and semantic data models, Project Haystack is an open source collaborative initiative focused on making it easier to unlock value from the vast quantity of data being generated by smart devices, smart equipment and smart systems. The work developed by the Project-Haystack community addresses the challenge first by defining an easy to use methodology to describe the meaning of data, which enables software applications to automatically consume, analyze and present data from devices and equipment systems; and second by establishing consensus driven “models” for typical equipment systems. All of this work is provided as open source at no cost.

Today, the challenge has moved beyond collecting data to how to cost effectively make sense of it, and derive value from it. The focus is finally moving beyond the buzzword of “big data” to the concept of “smart data” that is the “right data” to serve the needs of individual applications. In order to achieve the promise of data-driven enterprises we must address the challenge of semantic modeling in order to eliminate the need for a manual, labor-intensive process to "map" the data.

[an error occurred while processing this directive] You can join the people leading this effort and see the latest techniques for using smart data to advance the efficiency of buildings, equipment systems and processes by attending Haystack Connect 2015. Organized and produced by the Project-Haystack community, Haystack Connect (May 18-20 2015) is an open forum conference where leading technology suppliers, systems integrators and forward looking end users are coming together to continue to advance the state of the art in managing, presenting and analyzing the data generated by today’s smart devices and equipment systems. Haystack Connect 2015 provides a unique venue for professionals involved in automation, control and Internet of Things applications to come together to learn and share the latest techniques for connecting systems and utilizing device data in applications including intelligent buildings, energy management, remote monitoring, and other smart-device applications.

More information on Haystack Connect 2015 can be found at


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