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Its Time to Plan for SkyPosium Autumn 2019 Events!

Posted by John Petze – Fri 28 Jun

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SkyFoundry will again be hosting two SkyPosium events, one in the US and one in Rome Italy. Launched in 2017, SkyPosium events are focused on the entire community of SkySpark users—our reseller partners, end users, engineering consultants, and SaaS providers—everyone that uses or applies SkySpark. And we see that community growing in all regions of the world.

Data science is one of the hottest areas of technology and the SkyFoundry community is the recognized leader in applying advanced analytics to the built environment. SkyPosium events bring the community together for shared learning and networking and provide sponsors with a unique opportunity to bring their message to this audience.

Find details on our SkyPosium EU event - Oct 15-16 here

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Conserve It SrL Joins SkyFoundry Community as Value Added Distributor for Italy

Posted by John Petze – Fri 7 Jun

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SkyFoundry is excited to announce that Conserve It SrL has been appointed as SkyFoundry’s Value Added Distributor (VAD) for Italy as part of Conserve It’s recently announced expansion to Europe and the Middle East. As the SkyFoundry VAD for Italy, Conserve It provides SkySpark sales and support services for both Systems Integrators and End Users in the Italian market, including integration with data sources, analytic rule development and integration with third party applications.

Conserve It has been highly successful as SkyFoundry's VAD for Australia and the Oceania region since joining the SkyFoundry reseller community as one of our first partners in 2011. They have deep experience with SkySpark, and extensive experience in building automation, energy efficiency and central plant design and control.

We are excited to welcome Conserve It SrL to the growing SkyFoundry community where they join our EU-based VADs including Akbin (Turkey), Cimpro (Benelux), Forest Rock (UK), GC5 (Poland), ITEC (Switzerland), and Sensitive Data (Spain).

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Global Control 5 (GC5) Joins SkyFoundry Community as Value Added Distributor for Poland

Posted by John Petze – Mon 3 Jun

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SkyFoundry is excited to announce that Global Control 5 (GC5) has been appointed as SkyFoundry’s Value Added Distributor (VAD) for Poland and the surrounding region. As the SkyFoundry VAD for Poland, GC5 provides SkySpark sales and support services for both Systems Integrators and End Users in the Polish market including integration with data sources, analytic rule development and integration with third party applications.

Global Control 5 Ltd. is well known as a leader in hardware and software technology for building automation. They have a team of highly experienced specialists with many years of experience in both building automation and industrial systems. GC5 creates technologically sophisticated solutions and designs, develops and produce a wide range of products under their iSMA (Intelligent Solution Managing Automation) brand. The GC5 portfolio consists of supervisory software, and a wide range of controllers, I/O modules, sensors and relays. Innovation, openness and individual approach to each project and customer make iSMA products so well recognized all over the world.

We are excited to welcome Global Control 5 to the growing SkyFoundry community where they join our EU-based VADs including Cimpro (Benelux), Forest Rock (UK), ITEC (Switzerland), Akbin (Turkey), and Sensitive Data (Spain).

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Insider Newsletter June 2019 – Adopting Analytics, SkyPosium 2019, Industry Recognition, Haystack 4…

Posted by John Petze – Mon 27 May

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We are excited to release the June 2019 SkyFoundry Insider newsletter. In this issue we explore many of the factors involved in the successful use of analytics, demystify the hype around the latest industry buzzwords, highlight new case studies and recognition, and provide a preview of our SkyPosium User Community events for 2019, and review the major advances in Haystack 4 which was recently released to public review. Find the latest issue at this link

Thanks again to all of the SkyFoundry community members – customers and partners alike – that to continue to advance the understanding of the critical role data plays in efficiently operating facilities, systems and equipment. With analytics, the data produced by devices becomes more valuable than the equipment itself.

We hope you enjoy!

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SkyFoundry Recognized in Latest Harbor Research Report on Smart Cities – May 2019

Posted by John Petze – Mon 20 May

FDD, energy management, smart cities, smart factories, M&V – the common theme is data. The applications for SkySpark are as diverse as the structures that make up the built environment itself. SkySpark provides the flexibility and features to address applications of all types because from day one we have designed it to be a comprehensive platform for collecting, managing and performing analytics on all types of machine, device and IoT data.

Throughout the years SkySpark has achieved recognition for its technology and capabilities. Most recently, SkySpark was again identified by Harbor Research in their Information Architecture, Open Data, and the Future of Smart Cities report as “one of the new generation of software players taking advantage of converging computing trends to reshape information architectures for advanced IoT applications”.

Key to that recognition is SkySpark Everywhere’s distributed architecture, which allows data collection, storage, analytics and visualization to be performed at the edge in small low-cost IoT devices, on the cloud or in between. The flexibility and capability of SkySpark Everywhere is unequaled in the industry.

The most recent commentary adds to a long list of recognition and awards going back to 2011 when SkySpark won the Realcomm “Digie” Award for Best New Automation Technology and 2012 when SkySpark was selected as one of the two winners of IBM's "SmartCamp" North America, a global competition for technology companies using analytics and big data technology to drive innovation in a variety of industries including retail, transportation, buildings and energy.

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SkySpark is Winner of Control Trends Smart Buildings Analytic Platform of the Year

Posted by John Petze – Thu 7 Feb

We are excited to announce that SkySpark was the winner of this years Control Trends Award for Smart Buildings Analytic Platform of the Year.

Now in its 7th year, the Control Trends Awards recognize the people, companies and technologies leading the industry. The winners are chosen through a voting process that includes global smart building and HVAC contractors, consulting engineers, building owners, and distributors. This celebration of the best of the best in smart buildings people, products and companies culminated with the announcements of the winners at the fabulous Fox theater in Atlanta during the AHR event.

The team at SkyFoundry is honored to be chosen as the winner for the Control Trends Analytics award and wants to thank everyone that voted for us and our customers that have made SkySpark their choice for analytics. In 2016 SkySpark was the winner in Energy Saving Product of the Year category.

Find full details on this year's awards at this link

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SkyFoundry Insider January 2019 - Distributed Computing, Harbor Research, SkyPosium Recap

Posted by John Petze – Mon 7 Jan

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We are excited to announce the January 2019 Insider newsletter. This issue focuses on SkySpark Everywhere, Compute at the Edge, Distributed Computing and the IoT. Introduced in 2017, SkySpark's distributed architecture features are enabling customers to implement projects would not have been possible or cost effective with cloud-only deployment. This issue of the Insider helps illuminate the challenges addressed, and the benefits provided, by applying SkySpark in a distributed computing architecture.

We are also excited to provide a summary of Harbor Research's most recent comments recognizing SkyFoundry as a Leading IoT Software Platform.

You will also find a recap of our 2018 SkyPosium events, a preview of Haystack Connect 2019, and finally, we have to mention that January 2019 marks SkyFoundry's 10th anniversary. Thanks to everyone that has made that possible. The data revolution is just getting started. We can't wait to see where the next decade takes us.

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SkyFoundry Recognized for IoT Platform in Latest Harbor Research Technology Insight

Posted by John Petze – Sat 8 Dec 2018

In their latest Technology Insight, THE PROMISE & PROGRESS of SMART SYSTEMS & IoT PLATFORMS, Harbor Research reviews the marketplace for IoT software platforms as part of their assessment on the state of the market. We are excited and honored for SkySpark to be recognized as a leader by Harbor.

Here is a quick excerpt from the report:

“A handful of startups are accelerating the pace of development, catching larger established rivals off-balance and threatening fundamental shifts.” SkyFoundry is recognized as one of these companies. They go on to say - “Their strategies reflect the increasing importance of the convergence of distributed computing with open information architectures; the combination of these capabilities is a fundamental requirement to effectively enable large scale collaboration networks and ecosystems. These players understand enabling completely fluid information, interoperating devices, people and systems requires a simple, flexible, and universal schema that will make information truly portable in both physical and information spaces.”

Performing analytics on equipment systems is the most visible end result provided by SkySpark and forms most people’s view of what SkySpark is all about. But the capabilities of the SkySpark Everywhere platform go far deeper. The layers of technology that make SkySpark‘s advanced analytics possible form a comprehensive end-to-end, distributed computing software platform for working with IoT devices and their data. From connecting to diverse devices over multiple industrial and IT communication protocols, normalizing multi-structured device data with a schema-less, high-speed database, visualizing data, and performing analytics to monitor device health and the performance of the end application, SkySpark provides a comprehensive end-to-end IoT architecture.

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SkyFoundry Announces Automated Data Replication for SkySpark Everywhere® Analytics-at-the-Edge

Posted by John Petze – Tue 13 Nov 2018

We are excited to announce that SkyFoundry introduced automated replication today at the opening of our SkyPosium 2018 User Conference in Denver, CO. The replication feature enables databases from distributed SkySpark nodes to be automatically replicated to a central server or cloud platform for backup and high availability data access.

SkySpark Everywhere addresses one of the key challenges in implementing next generation IoT applications, which is the ability to move advanced analytics to edge devices and connect those devices together in a unified, seamless distributed computing system that can scale to thousands of nodes, millions of points, and trillions of data samples.

The introduction of SkySpark Everywhere in 2017 changed the game for IoT data analytics by embracing the reality that the IoT is a distributed computing challenge. The addition of automated replication takes SkySpark’s analytics-at-the-Edge technology to the next level. SkySpark's powerful visualization tools automatically leverage replicated data to ensure full user access to replicated databases even when those systems cannot be communicated with. Replication is available in SkySpark version 3.0.17, which is being released immediately after the SkyPosium event.

Read the SkySpark Replication Press Release here

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Why Analytics at the Edge Matters – Read the November Automated Buildings Article

Posted by Paul Bergquist – Thu 1 Nov 2018

The EDGE is becoming one of those over-hyped words, but the concepts are actually very simple, and important to our industry – especially in the application of analytics to the IoT and equipment systems.

When we talk about analytics at the “edge” we are referring to performing data acquisition and analytics functions as close to the data source as possible. For example, running SkySpark analytics on small IoT devices mounted directly on equipment systems or embedded within equipment controllers. The ability to run analytics at the Edge provides important benefits for many applications.

  • Greater reliability of data collection and reduced data latency
  • Isolation of Fieldbus Networks
  • Reduced data transfer costs and better performance on “constrained” networks
  • Improved application reliability and process continuity
  • Engineer data acquisition and tagging once

In this highly informative article SkyFoundry’s John Petze helps demystify the term and highlight specific benefits from applying analytics at the edge. Read the Automated Buildings article by John Petze here

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