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FINtastic Tip: Create Custom UI Graphics Easily

Custom UI graphics and widgets can make all the difference in an application. Custom graphics increase . . .

Optimizing Food Production & Manufacturing with BAS

When most people think about smart buildings and building automation, they think of large office buildings or . . .

FIN microBMS: new system turning small buildings into smart buildings

The way buildings are controlled has evolved from simple to smart in just a few decades. Technology developed . . .

Payoffs of Haystack Tagging: Relationships and Summaries

Tagging and data modeling have numerous benefits in the Buildings industry. In a recent blog, we discussed . . .

How comfy are your building’s occupants? Part 3 [COVID-19 EDITION]

In our ever evolving industry, there’s a new challenge that comes in the form of occupant comfort. COVID-19 . . .

Making data easy to work with - Haystack Connections #7

Making Data Easy to Work with using the Project Haystack open standard The 7th issue of our Haystack . . .

Introducing FINstitute: An Online Virtual Learning Experience

At J2 Innovations we are passionate about training. Part of getting the most out of FIN Framework is becoming . . .

Payoffs of Haystack Tagging: User Experience

Tagging and data modeling have numerous benefits in the Buildings industry. In a recent blog, we discussed . . .

How Comfy are your Building’s Occupants? Part 2

In Part 1 of our blog series on occupant comfort, we explored what occupant comfort means and why it's . . .

Payoffs of Haystack Tagging: Automatic Control Logic

Tagging and data modeling have numerous benefits in the Buildings industry. In a recent blog, we discussed . . .

Payoffs of Haystack Tagging: Analytic Applications

Tagging and data modeling have numerous benefits in the Buildings industry. In a recent blog, we discussed . . .

Is Your Building Automation Cybersecure? 7 Factors to Consider Before Choosing a partner for Building Automation and IoT

Connectivity and digitalization have created numerous advantages in the Building Automation industry. . . .

Payoffs of Haystack Tagging: Automated Commissioning

Tagging and data modeling have numerous benefits in the Buildings industry. In a recent blog, we discussed . . .

How Comfy are your Building’s Occupants? Part 1

There are a number of metrics that can be associated with a building’s performance. Energy efficiency, . . .

Payoffs of Haystack Tagging: Enterprise Applications

Tagging and data modeling have numerous benefits in the Buildings industry. In a recent blog, we discussed . . .

Make or buy? The Economics of In-House Software Development vs. Licensing

We have a problem with software. The problem is that we expect it to be free. There’s this public perception . . .

4 ways FIN can help System Integrators make money

As a System Integrator, there is a wide choice of suppliers for building automation and software products (at . . .

FINtastic Tip: Troubleshoot Your BAS from Anywhere

Have you ever been out of the office or away from your workstation and got that call that there is an issue . . .

Siemens launches new BAS Supervisory product based on FIN Framework 5

FIN Framework is an open and state-of-the-art technology enabling J2 Innovations’ OEM partners to bring . . .

FINtastic Tip: Create a Chart Once, use it Everywhere

All building automation operating and monitoring software has some capabilities of charting historical data. . . .

Renewable Energy Trends seen at Verge 2019

Recently, J2 Innovations was invited by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), to participate in . . .

FINtastic Tip: Manage Schedules Easily with FIN

In a large facility, there can be a huge number of schedules to choose from and manage. There are typically . . .

FINtastic Tip: Summarize your data with one click

Creating summaries has traditionally been very labor-intensive. As the name implies, summaries are a table of . . .

Integrating BACnet with Haystack tags just got easier

As the Building Automation industry continues to evolve, there is a need for IT and OT vendors to create . . .

Could Empty Space Be Your Energy Efficiency Problem?

Buildings are expensive assets that require many resources to operate. While the Building Automation industry . . .

Empower Your End Users with Dashboard Technology

There’s a lot of useful data that can be gleaned from intelligent buildings which is of value to end users . . .

FINtastic Tip: Get to your Favorite Applications and Views Quickly

    How many clicks does it take to get to your most commonly used BAS applications or views? Two? Three? . . .

How to Choose the Best Building Automation System

As there are many Building Automation Systems to choose from, and multiple factors to consider, choosing the . . .

Leveraging Semantic Tagging with a New Breed of Software

One major challenge in building automation is the sheer amount of data being generated from smart devices . . .

A Look at the New DB Builder Equip Tree in FIN 5

One of the many new features in FIN 5 is the brand new DB Builder. We re-built our DB Builder (or, database . . .

FINtastic Tip: Improve Your Maintenance Communications

Does the above image look familiar? It’s not uncommon for a monitoring workstation to be littered with sticky . . .

FINtastic Tip: Better Alarm Management for Your Building

A common problem in building management is dealing with an overwhelming number of alarms in your BAS . . .

FINtastic Tip: Putting Your O&M Manuals to Use

Diagrams, wiring, sequence of operations, cut sheets… there’s a lot that goes into an Operations and . . .

KNX and FIN: A Great Combination of Technologies

We are pleased to announce that J2 Innovations has joined the KNX Association. The KNX Association’s goal is . . .

Extend the FIN Framework Like Never Before With FIN 5

This is the fourth blog post in our What’s New With FIN series where we will explore how the FIN Framework is . . .

How FIN 5 Is More Robust Than Ever Before

This is the third blog post in our What’s New With FIN series where we will explore how the FIN Framework is . . .

Seats are filling up for Project Haystack London

We're have an incredible response to our Project Haystack London event! We've got a full day of seminars, . . .

Why 3D graphics are becoming more prevalent in Building Automation

3D graphics are becoming more prevalent in Building Automation Systems. Here in North America, the popularity . . .

FIN 5 – the most innovative s/w platform for Building Automation & IoT

Building Management Systems have a lot to offer building owners, facility managers, system integrators and . . .

Haystack Connect Presentations Now Available

Haystack Connect was a fantastic event for J2 Innovations this year. The event followed the format of a . . .

The Productivity Paradox and the Promise of Automated Configuration

Nearly every building’s HVAC controls are different; even for retail chains, whose formula for new shops . . .

How FIN helped Northwest Automation solve an industry challenge

Northwest Automation is an automation services provider that specializes in energy management, green . . .

Game-changing news: data modeling now in the Haystack tagging standard

Project Haystack is an established open source initiative whose mission is to provide the building automation . . .

Four Ways FIN Can Increase the Sustainability of Your Building

Sustainable and “Green” Buildings are becoming increasingly in demand in today’s environmentally conscious . . .

Why Project Haystack is Important (& why we use it in FIN)

When finding something is difficult the English have a saying “it’s like trying to find a needle in a . . .

2019 Haystack Connect Line-Up Announced

As founding members and passionate supporters of Project Haystack, we always look forward to Haystack . . .

J2 Innovations & Project Haystack at ISH 2019

Next week, the J2 Innovations team, joined by John Petze from Sky Foundry,  is headed to Frankfurt, Germany. . . .

Tools and Techniques for Tagging (and Beyond)

When talking to clients, engineers, and owners about the powerful benefits of tagging and data modeling, the . . .

Project Haystack Connections Magazine - Winter 2019 is Out

Just in time for the first month of 2019, Project Haystack’s Connections Magazine is out! If you’re in the . . .

Hosting our videos on our website as well as YouTube

We have upgraded our website so we can now host our videos on this page, as well as our YouTube channel. This . . .

Voting is Underway for the 2018 Control Trends Awards

J2 Innovations is excited to announce that we’ve been nominated in several categories for this year’s . . .

Meet the Growing Team: Domenico Di Canosa

As you know, we’ve been growing our team this year and highlighting them on the blog. This week, we’re . . .

Project Haystack Connections Magazine: 2018 and Beyond!

Project Haystack’s next Connections Magazine is in development and is ready for Fall 2018 submissions. . . .

Take a Deeper Look at the New FIN Dashboard

A few weeks ago, we announced a new set of components for the FIN dashboard. These new components include . . .

My Personal Journey: The 4 Ps of Innovation

I had an opportunity to reflect back on a 35 year career for a recent presentation. I was asked to speak to . . .

Siemens BT 'Innovation Open' event review

This week, we were honored to present and compete at Building Technologies Innovation Open 2018 as one of . . .

Check Out the New Dashboard Features in FIN Stack

The FIN Stack development team has been working on a solution for creating dashboards in FIN and is excited . . .

The Spring 2018 Connections Magazine Is Here

Have you downloaded your copy of the Spring 2018 edition of Haystack Connections Magazine yet? Haystack . . .

Haystack Reference Implementation Document Available

Here’s an exciting new development from the Project Haystack World! As you know, the Project Haystack . . .

Using the FIN Framework Beyond Smart Buildings

Our OEM partner, IoTwarez in conjunction with Hepta Control Systems is going beyond traditional BAS . . .

Big Things Coming from EasyIO and J2 Innovations

The J2 Innovations and EasyIO management teams gathered offsite in Carlsbad, CA for a 2-day “Meeting of the . . .

J2 Innovations Is Now A Part of the Intel Alliance

We excited to announce that J2 Innovations is now a member of the Intel® Internet of Things Solutions . . .

An Introduction to Haystack for Facility Managers (Part 1)

This is part one of a two part series that introduces Haystack for newbies and facility managers. One of the . . .

FIN 4.0 End User Video Series: O&M Manuals

Our 7th video in the FIN 4.0 End User Series goes over the O&M Manuals Application. As we’ve discussed in . . .

Project Haystack Working Groups Are Here

As you may know, one of the main premises behind FIN Stack technology is the use of tagging and data . . .

Vote for us: Control Trends Awards 2017!

J2 Innovations is excited to announce that we’ve been nominated in several categories for this year’s . . .

FIN Stack 4.0 End User Series: Notes

Our sixth video in the FIN Stack 4.0 End User Series goes over how to utilize the FIN Stack Notes . . .

FIN Stack 4.0 End User Series: Summaries

Our third video in the FIN Stack 4.0 End User Series is on Summaries. This video quickly goes over a few . . .

EasyIO Train-the-Trainer in The Netherlands

Last week Gerard Huff was in Gemert, a town in the Dutch province of North Brabant in The Netherlands. He was . . .

Activelogix Technology Forum 2017 Recap

The J2 Innovations team headed to the Queen City (Charlotte, North Carolina) this past week for the . . .

FIN Stack 4.0 End User Series: Point Graphics

Our second video in the FIN Stack 4.0 End User Series is on Point Graphics. This video quickly goes over a . . .

G&O Thermal Mini Product Showcase Recap

This week the J2 Innovations team traveled to the Chicago area for the G&O Thermal Mini Product Showcase. It . . .

FIN Stack 4.0 End User Series: Graphic Navigation

Navigating between graphics in FIN 4.0 is a truly seamless experience with our Graphic Navigation features. . . .

J2 Innovations Welcomes New OEM Partner, ASI Controls

J2 Innovations is excited to announce a new OEM partner, ASI Controls! ASI Controls manufactures BACnet . . .

J2 Innovations Presents at NREL IN2 Summit

As you may know, we’ve been beta-testing the newest FIN feature, Automated Commissioning with the team at . . .

Take FIN For A Spin 5 City Tour with Cochrane

We’re excited to be on the road with our FIN authorized distributor, Cochrane Supply this month for a Take . . .

J2 Innovations Welcomes new BACnet OEM Partner for Front-End Software

J2 Innovations is excited to announce a new OEM partner, ECS Group! ECS group is the proud parent company for . . .

Distributor Highlight: Yorkland Controls

Yorkland Controls has been in business for 45 years as a controls systems supplier. Yorkland is J2 . . .

Top 5 Reasons to Attend Haystack Connect 2017

Learn about smart data, devices, buildings, and businesses Network with industry experts at the Vendor . . .

Distributor Highlight: Universal Supply Group

Universal Supply Group, Inc. and its family of companies is listed as one of HARDI’s top 50 HVAC . . .

Developers: Don't Leave Too Soon After Haystack Connect

J2 Innovations would like to invite you to the software developer meetup to learn how to develop with . . .

J2 Innovations Seminars at Haystack Connect 2017

The Haystack Connect 2017 Conference is coming! The conference will be held May 8-10 at the Saddlebrook . . .

J2 Innovations Selected for Green Building Technology Program

J2 Innovations is proud to announce that we have been selected to participate in Wells Fargo's Innovation . . .

First Stop of Take FIN For a Spin a Success

The first of many Take FIN for a Spin stops was held last month at G&O Thermal in Arlington Heights, IL. . . .

Project Highlight: Quicken Loans Technology Center

In order to integrate the smartest building in downtown Detroit, Hepta Control Systems had to not only be . . .

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