One of the most notable large scale implementations of analytics in 2012-2013 is the GSALink project. Some statistics about this project:
The GSALink project was just awarded the FedScoop 50 Award for Innovation of the Year. Read the official release here
The recent Project-Haystack educational webinar was very well received -- so well in fact that it was over capacity and many people that wanted to attend were not able to join us. In response, the speakers have agreed to host a reprise session on Tue Dec 17, at 11AM ET.
Presentations will include:
“Overcoming Disparate BAS Naming Conventions and Reducing Project Deployment Time Using Haystack Tagging” Zak Kaylor, AtSite Inc.
“Capturing Haystack tagging during the project engineering cycle: Graphics to Database to WebServices in One Step” Alper Uzmezler, BASSG
One of the key challenges in utilizing data to drive efficiency improvements is the effort involved in integrating data from a wide range of sources that utilize different formats.
Modern building automations systems, meters and other smart devices produce tremendous amount of data, but this data is often hard to utilize because it is stored in many different formats, has inconsistent naming conventions, and lacks information to describe the meaning of the data.
Project Haystack (www.project-haystack.org) was founded specifically to address this challenge. Project Haystack is an open source initiative to develop “tagging” conventions and taxonomies for building equipment and operational data. The community-based effort defines standardized data models for the data points related to energy, HVAC, lighting, and other environmental systems. A simple REST API is defined to facilitate exchange of Haystack data over HTTP.
SkyFoundry will be a speaker in the upcoming CoR Advisors webinar discussing how facility owners and operators are using data analytics to improve operations and reduce costs. Eddie Williams, VP of Talisen, a SkyFoundry partner, will also present a case study of a recent project. Here's the description of the session:
Using Data and Analytics to Reduce Operational Costs
Data, data, data. In order to run efficient buildings, owners and managers need real time operational data, not just last month's electric bill. Real time data provides information needed to identify problems, patterns, deviations, faults, and inefficiencies from literally thousands of points in a building. This visibility allows the building operator to make immediate improvements and capture cost savings that would otherwise go unnoticed. This session will discuss how to apply operational data and analytics to existing building systems for maximum efficiency and savings.
SkyFoundry Insider Sept 2013 - The Energy Issue: A SkyFoundry Special Focus
One of the primary uses of analytics is to support energy efficiency improvements. Initial “portfolio-level” analytics can be used to identify best and worst performing buildings and provide comparisons to benchmarks and baseline performance targets, while equipment-oriented analytics highlight issues in the operation of specific equipment systems and identify correlations between equipment operation and energy performance.
Energy related tools play a key role in the overall analytics process, from initial review of data to detect anomalies and energy use patterns, to deeper investigation in response to analytic findings. In this issue of the Insider we focus on the SkySpark’s newly released support for the Energy Star Portfolio Manager, as well as a review of SkySpark’s support for the Green Button energy data format (which is seeing increased adoption) and how these capabilities support your efforts to improve efficiency and reduce operating costs.
We are excited to share a new case study submitted by Altura Associates demonstrating the use of SkySpark in Analytics-Driven Commissioning in New Construction.
As an ultra-high performance building, the Hilton Foundation headquarters serves as a model for sustainable design and is expected to deliver performance. In order to operate this facility to its full potential and verify expected energy savings, the commissioning team and other project team members were tasked with crafting a method for gathering, analyzing, and acting on a constant stream of data from an array of building systems. SkySpark was the key tool used analyze system data, detect inefficiencies and support the commissioning process for this state of the art facility.
Special Focus Issue - Making Sense of the Data-Oriented Tools Available to Facility Managers
Applying analytics to the data produced by equipment systems has been proven to be a highly effective way to reduce operating costs and improve facility operations. Analytics works by identifying patterns that represent faults, deviations and opportunities for savings. Like most new trends, however, a barrage of information and claims puts end users in a position where they are often faced with comparing "apples and oranges" as they try to evaluate the benefits of different offerings.
In this issue of the Insider we will look at the range of tools available in an effort to help owners understand the differences between alarms, FD&D, analysis tools and analytics.
We are excited to announce that Smart Grid Norway has adopted the SkySpark® analytics platform as part of their family of solutions that cover all parts of the grid operations from production to consumption.
Smart Grid Norway is a leading provider of intelligent solutions for measuring, collecting, processing, communication, and visualization of energy related data and events. The company helps large power users, power producers, and grid operators improve energy and operational efficiency with a range of smart grid solutions.
Smart Grid Norway will utilize SkySpark for real time data collection and automated analytics to detect important patterns in the data that represent faults, anomalies, and opportunities for improved operations and cost reduction.
This week, a number of leading technology companies in the automation industry announced their support for the Project-Haystack data-modeling standard for smart device data. The announcement was made in a press release carried on PR Newswire. The companies include:
These companies are adopting Haystack to help reduce the cost of implementing solutions for their customers and extend the range of applications that can easily interact with smart device data.
Project Haystack was awarded the Digie for Best Intelligent Building Technology Innovation at the Realcomm/IBCon conference June 12-13, 2013. Realcomm has been presenting the "Digie" Awards (short for Commercial Real Estate Digital Innovation Awards) since its first event in 1999. The award recognizes those companies, real estate projects, technologies and people that have gone above and beyond to positively impact our industry through the use of technology, automation and innovation.
The award recognized project-haystack for: