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Payoffs of Haystack Tagging: User Experience

Haystack Payoffs blog User Experience

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 that can be found in the user experience, specifically in the context of equipment graphics.

Once you have built a set of self-describing models according to the standard Haystack methodology, you are in a good position to apply applications that take advantage of Haystack tags. These automatically plug the relevant operational data into the right place. In effect, all the information captured in the models is easily provided to the user's apps: navigation, point graphics, equipment graphics, summary graphics, schedules, histories, and alarms.

For example, the Haystack standard describes a device model for an air handler (AHU) that outlines the relationships of the points to the equipment and their associated tags. A user experience that displays equipment graphics can now automatically bind the data points to the widgets that represent the real world fans, coils, dampers, and sensors. Clear, non-ambiguous information can go a long way toward simplifying the jobs of maintenance staff and facilities managers which is another way your investment in data modeling will pay back.

Payoffs of Haystack Tagging User experience

To read more about all of the payoffs, click here and download the complete whitepaper. To see how FIN's Equipment Graphics are created using a simple wizard, check out the video below. 


B. Scott Muench

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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