SkyFoundry is excited to be a sponsor of the IBCon event to be held June 12-13, 2013 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando FL.
SkyFoundry will be a sponsor and exhibitor and will be speaking in two sessions:
Analytics & Visualization - Turning Data Into Action and Results, and The Best Kept Secret - Fault Detection and Diagnostics.
We would like to thank everyone that joined us for the inaugural Haystack Connect event and helped make it a tremendous success. The technical sessions brought together experts from across the intelligent buildings industry and provided attendees with the very latest information and insights on critical topics affecting the industry: cyber security, analytics, demand response, visualization, impact of utility and smart grid programs, wireless solutions, lighting control, and of course, utilizing Project-Haystack data modeling techniques to streamline implementation of intelligent building solutions.
The PDFs of the presentations from the Haystack Connect event are now available
As an open, community produced event, the materials are available to the public. You can find the presentations on the agenda portion of the Haystack Connect site. Haystack Connect Agenda
Making Sense of the Data-oriented Tools Available to Facility Managers
Using data from smart devices is one of the hottest topics in the industry, and facility managers are confronted with a wide range of products and features that can contribute to improved facility performance. From Alarms to Fault Detection & Diagnosis (FDD), Analysis Tools, to Automated Analytics, each has their place an offers specific capabilities and benefits. Systems Integrators and owners, however, are often faced with a comparison between "apples and oranges" as they try to evaluate the different tools.
Comparing the technologies with set of criteria can help facility managers better understand the roles, capabilities and benefits of these tools so that they can assess the best fit for their needs.
If you are looking to better understand and convey the differences between these technologies you will definitely want to read John Petze's article in the May Issue of Automated Buildings. You can access the article here
See SkyFoundry at the Niagara EU Forum, Haystack Connect and IBCon Events
The first half of 2013 is a busy time for conferences and trade shows. SkyFoundry will be exhibiting and speaking in one of the general session panel discussions at the Niagara EU Forum in London April 14-15. If you plan on attending please be sure to visit with us at the event.
Next up is the Haystack Connect event April 29-May 2. Haystack Connect 2013 is the event that brings together the systems integrators, technology suppliers and customers who are leading the way to more efficient and sustainable buildings, and advanced smart-device applications. Haystack Connect is a unique "open forum" conference organized and sponsored by the community, for the community. Haystack Connect 2013 is THE place for these “communities” to come together to network, share, create synergy and generate new business opportunities. SkyFoundry is one of the community volunteers helping to launch this new event.
Control Trends "Control Talk NOW" -- a video podcast series hosted by Ken Smyers and Eric Stromquist brings the system integrator community "Control news you can use". This week's installment includes an interview with John Petze of SkyFoundry talking about the upcoming Haystack Connect event.
There is still time to register but space is limited
BASSG, a SkyFoundry partner and SkySpark developer has developed a new product that helps users manage the resolution of issues detected by SkySpark. The new application, called Sparko, integrates SkySpark and the web-based work-ticket solution called Kayako Resolve.
Once issues and opportunities for savings are are detected by SkySpark the next step is to create an action to do something about it, otherwise the opportunity is wasted. Sparko gets a company’s team into the action by generating an automated work ticket and distributing it to all of the pertinent parties instantaneously. It gets the entire team on-task to take advantage of savings opportunities.
The Sparko application integrates SkySpark analytic results with Kayako Resolve and creates a point of collaboration for everyone who is involved to gather around and attack an issue from all sides. The control tech, the facility manager, the energy manager, the design engineer and others can all be notified immediately and begin working to remedy the situation.
The combination of SkySpark, Sparko and Kayako gives users the capabilities of similar facility management and ticket management systems that can cost thousands more and offer less integration capability.
Control Talk 2.0 is a regular video series that addresses topics related to the building controls industry. Eric Stromquist of Control Trends hosts the sessions. This week Eric interviews John Petze. John talks about SkyFoundry, analytics in general and also about the upcoming Haystack Connect event.
Webinar - The ABDGs of Smart Intelligent Buildings
SkyFoundry will be participating in a new webinar designed to help buildings owners understand how to achieve the benefits of an intelligent building by integrating best of breed tools to improve energy management and overall operations management. Industry leaders from multiple disciplines will explain the ABDG's of intelligent buildings: Analytics, Building Automation, Data and Graphics.
John Petze of Sky Foundry, Dennis Khvostionov of DGLogik, Marc Petock of Lynxspring, and Harry Kohal of Eagle Technology will show how the latest software tools work in concert to unify the end-to-end process of operating a modern facility and driving efficiency at every step.
Sign up today and reserve the date, March 19th at 1PM CST for one of the most informative webinars of the year.
This week's Realcomm advisory focuses on the GSA's BuildingLink project which utilizes SkySpark analytics across the GSA's largest buildings.
"We have major smart buildings initiatives that are changing our organizational charts,” said Larry Melton, Assistant Commissioner, Facility Management and Services Programs. “We are creating new building design standards, utilizing Energy Services Performance Contracts and revolutionizing our workplace practices. GSA BuildingLink adds an additional dimension by leveraging the cloud and building analytics to reduce energy and operational costs."
Building Analytics are proving to be the perfect antidote to the financial paradox of having to lower energy and operational expense while not having much capital budget to do so. The GSA determined (as have others in the industry) that this is one of the most cost-efficient, lasting ways to reduce energy and operational costs and they are already making plans to expand the program.
BASSG Releases Project Builder Plus Engineering Tool for SkySpark
Project Builder Plus is an application that speeds SkySpark database creation, modification and the data mapping process. It provides a graphical, drag and drop environment that enables development of project databases without the need to write programming scripts to model external data sources.
PB+ allows users to build and maintain multiple SkySpark projects in one common user interface and work on SkySpark projects offline and upload when the SkySpark server is ready. PBP includes tools to connect to SQL databases and perform mapping and tagging. It also supports the same capability for mapping of Obix points (live and historical). PB+ also enables users to create libraries of devices, equipments and sites. PB+ simplifies SkySpark project engineering across the board.