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Project Haystack Connections Magazine Fall 2019 Issue Published

Posted by John Petze – Wed 30 Oct

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We are excited to inform our community of the release of the Fall 2019 issue of Haystack Connections magazine. This 6th issue of Haystack Connections echoes the central theme of the Haystack Connect 2019 conference – collaboration. Bringing a true, open-source development effort to the buildings industry which has historically been dominated by prescribed standards and proprietary technology, has been both rewarding and challenging. You can find the new issue of the magazine here

The central focus of Haystack is to enable software developers, system integrators, building owners and operators to easily use the data produced by the equipment, devices and sensors that make up the built environment. At its heart, therefore, Haystack is a software effort. When we look to the world of software, it's undeniable that open source movements have changed the landscape, solving problems no single manufacturer or supplier could have addressed on their own. There are some things in life, science and technology that “take a village” to address and Project Haystack is one of those. As an open source effort the results are directly correlated to the contributions and participation of the community.

The energy of the community was on full display in May, at the fourth biennial Haystack Connect Conference, which was a tremendous success and saw the community continue to grow with attendees from around the world, new working groups and adoption by more and more suppliers and service providers.

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BBVA Group: Sistrol’s Managed Service Brings SkySpark® Analytics to a Major Banking Institution

Posted by John Petze – Mon 9 Sep

We are excited to announce a new SkySpark Case Study. The BBVA Group corporate headquarters in Spain, known as BBVA City, is located in the Las Tablas district of Madrid. It is a complex of 114,000m2, accommodating 8000 employees, in 7 buildings.

Sistrol a SkyFoundry VAR in Spain provides the BBVA complex with analytics as a managed service under a program they call “WhyB”. WhyB monitors the building systems, automatically finding operational incidents, which are then analyzed, prioritized and managed by a WhyB Analyst. The Analyst works directly with facility managers to explain, advise and help manage response to analytic findings to improve energy performance, comfort and reliability.

You can find the detailed Case Study at this link

Our thanks to Sistrol for this great example of applying SkySpark as a managed service.

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Insider Newsletter Sept 2019 – Flexibility & Choice – The Key to Meeting Customer Needs Worldwide

Posted by John Petze – Wed 4 Sep

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In this issue of the SkyFoundry Insider we focus on the global reach and wide range of services offered by SkyFoundry’s Worldwide Partner network.

All buildings are different, and all organizations have different needs. For some, a managed service that monitors their facilities and equipment remotely and delivers recommendations for corrective actions is the right fit. Others want their data to stay on-premise, inside their secure networks, and have their in-house facilities teams work directly with the analytics software. These are just some of the reasons that SkySpark is delivered through a worldwide network of over 135 authorized partners. These professionals, which include consulting engineering firms, managed service providers, top-tier control systems integrators, M&V and commissioning professionals and managed service providers, present facility managers with unequaled choice in planning and implementing a data analytics strategy for their organizations.

In this issue we highlight a few of SkyFoundry’s partners from across the globe and the range of offerings they provide to help owners to achieve data-driven operations.

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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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