Project Haystack Adds New Members Demonstrating Continued Acceptance of the Organization’s Standards for Semantic Modeling and Tagging of Device and Equipment Data

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The Project Haystack Organization, a collaborative community addressing the challenge of utilizing semantic modeling and tagging to streamline the interchange of data among different systems, devices, equipment and software applications in order to lower the cost of intelligent building and IoT solutions, today announced three new Associate Member companies - Arup, Connexx Energy and Intellastar Technology.

The Project Haystack Organization (http://www.project-haystack.org), a collaborative community addressing the challenge of utilizing semantic modeling and tagging to streamline the interchange of data among different systems, devices, equipment and software applications in order to lower the cost of intelligent building and IoT solutions, today announced three new Associate Member companies.

The new Project Haystack Associate Member companies are:                                                                                                                                

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through their work, they make a positive difference in the world, highlighting their mission statement ‘We shape a better world.’ The firm looks at every project with a fresh perspective, no matter how big or small it may be. They support and promote in its people a willingness to think laterally. Often, this willingness to take a creative approach produces ideas and concepts that may not have been immediately obvious, but which often deliver the best solutions.

Investing heavily in research and development is important to Arup as it informs its approach to projects, and keeps it focused on 'future-proofing' its design, as well as best practices. It also invests in skills networks and facilitates the constant exchange of ideas between its people, no matter where they are based or what discipline they belong to.

Arup believes that 'semantic tagging' is critical in the future world of 'big data' and 'Internet of Things' connected devices to ensure that it is easy to identify. Building control system data is commonly poorly labelled and named, which means that when any other software or system wants to extract the data, it cannot easily identify what it is.

“Becoming a member of Project Haystack is very exciting. Our common goals mean we can collaborate to create innovative building systems which provide easy and understandable access to the wealth of available data. We look forward to working together in the future.” Richard Reid, Arup.

Connexx Energy is a recognized leader, developer and implementer of 'last mile' energy solutions for Smart Grid and Smart Buildings. The company’s Connexxion® is a SaaS Data Management Platform that combines the core functionalities of IT and OT with secure connectivity, normalization, tagging, data modeling, analytics and integration of smart energy data into the corporate business intelligence layer. Connexxion® eases the challenge of integrating data from diverse systems and applications to effectively analyze, visualize, and derive value from the data.

Intellastar Technology is at the Intersection of Smart Buildings and Smart Grid. The InferStack Software Platform is deployed in Servers and T-Star Field Devices, communicates over Intellastar Connect Cellular Data Service, to provide a complete technology to deliver Smart Buildings and Smart Grid solutions.

InferStack connects to the in-building systems to provide Energy Monitoring and Analysis, Analytics for Fault Detection and Diagnostic, Control for Plant Optimization--all features to make a smart building and reduce energy consumption and waste. On the Smart Grid front, Intellastar capabilities include revenue grade metering for monitoring and settlement, automated demand response, time of day pricing and micro grid control and optimization.

These new members join the existing Associate Members and the founding member companies: Airmaster, J2 Innovations, Lynxspring, Siemens, SkyFoundry, Wattstopper and Yardi/Enerliance.

About Project Haystack

Since its formation in March of 2011, The Project Haystack organization (a 501C non-profit trade association) has grown tremendously providing the industry with an open-source, collaborative environment to address the challenge of making data self describing through the use of semantic modeling also known as data tagging. The work developed by the Project Haystack community streamlines the process of managing, presenting and analyzing the vast amount of data produced by smart devices and equipment systems. Project Haystack techniques can be used with virtually any type of system and device data and is not tied to any vendor or communication protocol. More information about Project Haystack is available at: http://www.project-haystack.org.

Contacts:

John Petze
Project Haystack, Executive Director
Principal, SkyFoundry
johnp(at)haystackconnect(dot)org

Marc Petock
Project Haystack, Secretary
Lynxspring, Inc.
Vice President, Marketing
marc.petock(at)lynxspring(dot)com

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