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B. Scott Muench | 25 Jan 2019

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 Smart Building industry, this is the journal to read as it provides stories and insights from leaders in the Project Haystack community, as well as updates on working groups and social media highlights.  

This season’s theme: Enabling the Data Revolution in the Built Environment. We love contributing articles to the magazine, and also love seeing the contributions our peers have made. All in all, this issue has 6 article contributions from the Haystack community, a robust “Tools for Developers and Integrators” section, and a number of Project Haystack Working Groups updates. Here are some highlights from the Winter 2019 edition.

Cheers to the new editor

First off, we’d like to say congrats and welcome aboard to first-time editor, Robin Bestel. Great job! In her opening article, she pointed out that her largest edit consisted of removing the quotes around nearly every mention of tagging. Why don't we need quotes? The answer is actually pretty cool - and shows that we’ve come a long way in the Haystack community.

Robin explains, “From what I have read, studied, reviewed, tagging is now standard nomenclature in this business of BIoT, smart buildings, IIoT, smart devices, sustainability, semantics modeling, and many more I am not thinking of right now.”

Tagging and Open Frameworks – A Winning Combination [Page 15]

Our new VP of Sales EMEA and Asia, Chris Irwin, contributed a wonderful article that gives a nice history of the past, present, and future of Open Frameworks.

“Project Haystack is now gaining significant traction globally, and there are now formal discussions with ASHRAE (the originators of the BACnet standard) and Brick (a more recent IT inspired initiative), to evolve a common approach for the future. As the use of Haystack tagging grows, the scope of the agreed tags will extend well beyond building services systems to encompass business software, such as meeting rooms and hot desk booking, CAFM/CMMS, asset management, car parking, etc.”

Tools and Techniques for Tagging (and Beyond) [Page 45]

In addition to Chris’ contribution, I also contributed an article that gives some tools and techniques for using tagging to automate the process with FIN technology.

“Manufacturers now have the ability to deliver “FIN ready” devices that will dynamically: get modeled in the database, create supervisory control logic, provide alarm routines, start collecting historical data, and generate their own graphical user experiences!”

Haystack Connect 2019

Finally, a reminder that Haystack Connect 2019 is May 13-15! We’re proud to be sponsors of this industry-wide event that never disappoints. The Project Haystack planning team is currently looking for speakers for this year’s event.

Haystack Connect is known for the quality of its technical program, which is driven by the Project Haystack community. Presentations focus on the real-world challenges in integrating diverse systems and their data. Talks are delivered by practitioners leading the effort to streamline data interchange through the use of Project Haystack technology. Details here.

You can read the latest issue of Connections Magazine here.

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B. Scott Muench