More Haystack Connect Updates - the Fun Stuff - the Interoperable Blues Band

Posted by John Petze – Tue 4 Apr

Among all the other exciting news for this year's Haystack Connect conference is the return of the IBB - the Interoperable Blues Band. Formed in 2002 (or 2003 - no one can actually remember) the IBB is not just any band, but the integration of talented players from across our industry and featured artists who join together on one special night. This year the IBB features Electric Factory X Recording Artists Jon Butcher and Megan Wolf.

If you sing or play an instrument and want to sit in with a pro level band, check out the website for full details

Everyone is "in the band" at this event, as we provide percussion instruments throughout the room and backline gear for those wishing to join us on stage. The fabled Petock IBB backup singers, the "Petockettes", will be making a return appearance, so be ready to join on side stage to add your voice.

Do you sing, play guitar? How about the sax? To learn more about participating in the IBB head to this link

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Haystack Connect 2017 Final Technical Program Announced

Posted by John Petze – Tue 21 Mar


Haystack Connect 2017 Final Technical Program Announced

Why You Should Attend - Reason #1: The Industry’s Top Technical Program for Smart Device Data

One of the most important reasons to attend this year's Haystack Connect event is the high quality technical program - sessions by industry experts that get to the real issues and solutions in connecting to smart devices and turning their data into solutions for customers. This year's program maintains that high standard. The Haystack Connect 2017 program can be found at this link

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Read the Intel Blog Post on Haystack and its role in Breaking Language Barriers in Smart Buildings

Posted by John Petze – Wed 8 Mar

In an earlier blog post we announced that Intel had joined as a Founding-level member. This blog post by Shuo Zhang, highlights Intel's views on the challenge being addressed by Project Haystack. It's a great read.

Breaking Down Language Barriers in Smart Buildings

Shuo Zhang leads ecosystem development and channel strategy for Intel's Smart Buildings segment within the Internet of Things Group (IOTG).

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NEWS FLASH - Intel® Joins Project Haystack Organization as a New Founding Member

Posted by John Petze – Thu 2 Mar

Intel® Joins Project Haystack Organization as New Founding Member

The Project-Haystack organization is excited to announce that Intel® has joined the Project Haystack Organization as a Founding Member and will hold a seat on the Board of Directors.

Having Intel join the Project Haystack Organization is very exciting for community. As a member on the Board of Directors Intel will be a great asset as the organization continues to focus on its mission to make IoT device data self-describing and easier to use across applications of all types. We want to thank Intel for their support and look forward to working with them to continue to advance the Project-Haystack mission.

You can view the official press announcement here

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Haystack Connect 2017 Program Preview Announced

Posted by John Petze – Thu 23 Feb


Haystack Connect 2017 Program Preview

There are a lot of reasons to attend Haystack Connect 2017:

  • Meet and network with leading experts that are implementing real world solutions that combine diverse devices, systems, data and protocols
  • See the very latest software and hardware solutions for the Building IoT
  • Increase your knowledge about Project-Haystack standards and how to use Haystack tagging to streamline engineering and deployment of smart systems
  • Be part of, or just watch, the Interoperable Blues Band
  • It’s fun! It’s Educational

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Tridium is Now a Platinum Sponsor of Haystack Connect 2017

Posted by John Petze – Fri 17 Feb

We are excited to announce that Tridium is now a Platinum Sponsor of the Haystack Connect 2017 conference.

Tridium joins the other Platinum sponsors in supporting the Haystack community and the Haystack Connect 2017 event: J2 Innovations, KMC Controls, Kodaro, SkyFoundry and Yardi as well as the Gold Sponsors: Airmaster, Cochrane Supply, and Lynxspring, and Silver Sponsors: Activelogix, BASSG, Connect Energy, Contemporary Controls, Intellastar, and IoTium.

And in related news we thank IoTium for committing to sponsor the Interoperable Blues Band (IBB) entertainment event!

See all of the sponsors supporting Haystack Connect 2017 here

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Haystack Connect Early Bird Registration Discount Extended -- Expires February 28

Posted by John Petze – Wed 8 Feb

Haystack Connect Early Bird Registration Discount Extended to February 28

Now is the time to make plans to attend Haystack Connect 2017 and save money on your registration. The Early Bird Discount has been extended to Feb 28. This includes the full conference and all of your meals at the conference - by the way, Saddlebrook is known for great food

The Early Bird Discount expires at midnight on February 28th. The standard Registration fee is $895.

The Haystack Connect 2017 Conference will once again, bring together systems integrators, technology providers, A&E firms, OEMs and end users who are leading the way to advance smart-device applications and the power of data that is helping to create more efficient, sustainable built environment and streamline the interoperation of the systems and devices that permeate our modern world. Haystack Connect 2017 will be the place where data and creating value from it gets real.

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BASSG Open Sources Project Builder Plus; Paves a Fast Track to Haystack Tagging

Posted by John Petze – Sun 5 Feb

BASSG has just open sourced one of its most popular software tools - Project Builder Plus (PB+), for free use and development by the community. The PB+ editor makes it easy to work on large trend data files from your desktop, adding Project-Haystack tagging and custom extensions in preparation for importing data into analytics and visualization applications.

PB+ accepts building operational data as raw XML and CSV files and exports Project-Haystack-compliant ZINC files. From the editor screen you can assign Haystack tags and extend tags with batch oriented tools. PB+ has options to communicate with NHaystack, Project-Haystack’s open-source Niagara AX module, and with oBIX (Open Building Information Exchange) compatible databases. These connectors can be extended to Modbus, BACnet, and other standard building protocols.

PB+ is a very comprehensive tool developed based on over 4 years of use in real world applications. Now that PB+ is open-source, developers can create new connectors to other protocols and data sources popular in their specific domain. The Apache LuceneTM  text search engine is built-in, so that users can easily search for specific records or by specific tags in any database built with PB+.

The Open Source Project Builder Plus can be downloaded at this link

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Constellation Presented First Ever Haystack Award for End Users at CTA Awards

Posted by John Petze – Fri 3 Feb

We are excited to announce that Constellation was presented with the first ever end-user award for adoption of technology. The award was presented at the Control Trends Award event January 29 in Las Vegas to a packed house. See the press release here

Constellation, an Exelon company, is a leading competitive energy company providing power, natural gas, renewable energy, and energy management products and services for homes and businesses across the continental United States. They provide integrated energy solutions — from electricity and natural gas procurement and renewable energy supply to energy efficiency and distributed energy solutions — that help customers strategically buy, manage and use their energy.

How Constellation Utilizes Project Haystack. Constellation uses the Haystack model extensively in their projects in two key ways. Most significantly, they use Haystack to tag data which allows them to create analytic tools that can be easily applied to different projects with similar types of equipment and data. Haystack tagging streamlines deployment of analytic tools to all their projects. 

They also utilize the Haystack REST API, both to pull in data from outside sources, as well as to export datasets into other engineering tools where they can rapidly develop and model new and custom analytics. Overall, the Haystack methodology is a core foundation of the platform that Constellation implements for all performance-period Energy Efficiency retrofit projects.

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Build 3.0.2

Posted by Brian Frank – Mon 16 Jan

We updated the website with all the new energy model tags/docs which Stephen Frank reviewed in 446.

Change Log

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