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Tagging and data modeling have numerous benefits in the Buildings industry. In a recent blog, we discussed the challenges in the industry that are being solved by Project Haystack. Now, we will look at some practical examples of how tagging and data modeling is being used by the Haystack community in a variety of applications and use cases in a series of seven blogs (the seven payoffs). This blog highlights the payoffs of using tags in conjunction with an enterprise integration.
When all building data is structured in a Haystack-compliant database, integration of building operations and other aspects of workplace management in an enterprise setting is easier. Tagging also helps service activities like issuing maintenance tickets by automatically linking relevant information to the corresponding application. Integrating building management within the larger IT infrastructure leads to additional cumulative benefits felt from the C-suite level to every member of the operations and maintenance staff.
In the recent Haystack 4.0 release, the Project Haystack standard was extended to implement both a taxonomy and the resulting ontologies that define the relationship of things and between things. When a project is specified with a common data schema that can represent all the critical aspects of the building - the people, places, and assets, and the relationships between then the sharing of data between domains becomes straightforward and enables data from one system to be used to enhance the functionality of others.
For example, the equipment data in a mechanical system contains details about the points and the relationships to subordinate equipment and subsystems. This data can be shared, for example, with a work order management system, eliminating the need for manual duplication of the data and ongoing synchronization as new equipment gets added.
Scott joined J2 Innovations as a partner in 2011, and is now Vice President of Customer Experience. He has a wide range of responsibilities including evangelism, business development, training, and operational excellence. Scott is well known as an industry expert in smarthomes and smart buildings. He is a past president of ASHRAE, and is currently a board member for Project Haystack. Scott attended Clarkson University for Mechanical Engineering and graduated with a BS/Business in Organizational Innovation.
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