Haystack Magazine 10th Anniversary Edition - Spring 2021 is Now Available

Posted by John Petze – Thu 29 Apr


We are excited to inform the community of the publication of the Spring 2021 Haystack Connections Magazine! This issue commemorates the 10th Anniversary of Project Haystack, founded in March 2011, and highlights the continued advancement of the Haystack standard and the commitment of the community to further enhance the value the Haystack semantic tagging standard brings to the built environment.

Articles highlight new releases of Haystack 4 technology, new corporate members of the Haystack organization, a new JSON encoding standard, new advertisers and supporters, Haystack tagging in Niagara, Data Standardization for Retail applications, Working Group updates, detailed information on the upcoming Haystack Connect 2021 event which will be held online May 4-6, and a retrospective on past Haystack Connect conferences.

Find the latest issue of Haystack Connections here

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Case Study - Data Analytics: Key Strategies to Manage Energy Costs in Cannabis Grow Facilities

Posted by Sharon Lo – Mon 19 Apr

We are excited to publish a new case study that explores the use of data analytics to manage energy costs in Cannabis grow facilities. These sophisticated indoor agriculture facilities are one of the most energy-intensive segments across regulated and competitive markets in North America.

SkyFoundry partner GrowFit Analytics shares expert insight into how the application of data analytics brings myriad benefits to this expanding industry.

To read the case study click here.

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SkyFoundry and Distributed Architecture Featured on the Harbor Research Podcast

Posted by Sharon Lo – Wed 7 Apr


In an increasingly interconnected world, the need for a diverse range of systems to communicate and interact with one another has grown exponentially. For those managing the systems, this raises the question of how and where to structure and process the vast quantities of data being generated. While many will initially look to either Cloud Computing or Edge Computing, neither one is capable of fully addressing the complexity of this issue alone.

This is where a distributed architecture comes in. A distributed computing environment allows for multiple computing nodes connected together to share data and communicate with each other, and execute functions at all levels of the system, from the Edge to the Cloud. It is where benefits of both Cloud and Edge Computing intersect, a key requirement to effectively derive value from the data produced by the IoT.

SkyFoundry’s John Petze recently joined President of Harbor Research Glen Allmendinger for an in-depth discussion on distributed architectures and Edge-to-Cloud IoT architectures. An internationally recognized research, technology and business development consulting firm, Harbor Research has predicted, tracked and driven the development of the Internet of Things for the past 30 years.

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SkyFoundry Insider Apr 2021: Cards – New Data Visualization Option & New Notification Features

Posted by Sharon Lo – Mon 5 Apr


In this issue of the Insider, we are excited to highlight major enhancements included in the latest release (3.0.28) of SkySpark. First, we highlight our newest presentation feature we call Cards. Cards make it easy to create customized dashboards of operational data and performance metrics. Cards bring easily configurable dashboarding to SkySpark to provide easy-to-understand summaries of key operational metrics with both live and static data.

Other major enhancements include a suite of new features that streamline the setup of notifications – automatically emailing essential information to users based on their specific areas of interest or job responsibilities.

Find the April 2021 Insider newsletter at this link

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Utilizing a Distributed Data & Computing Architecture in Analytics Applications – Video Available

Posted by Sharon Lo – Fri 19 Mar


SkyFoundry’s John Petze recently took part in a webinar presented by the Energy Management Association. Entitled Utilizing a Distributed Data and Computing Architecture in Analytics Applications, John was joined by colleagues from BASSG, Altura Associates and ATS Automation to discuss applying analytics from the "edge" to the cloud. A video of the webinar is available here.

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New Article Highlights the Use of SkySpark in Indoor Agriculture Applications

Posted by Sharon Lo – Thu 11 Mar


SkySpark is used in a wide range of applications – it’s not just for commercial office buildings. With over 1 Billion sq ft of deployments, SkySpark has been applied in breweries, research labs, data centers, hospitals, fast food production, military bases and smart cities.

This article by GrowFit Analytics, a SkyFoundry partner, focuses on the application of analytics to the production of crops grown in sophisticated indoor agriculture facilities. It's yet one more fascinating application of SkySpark for analytics of operational data. Find the article “Data Analytics: Key Strategies to Manage Energy Costs in Cannabis Grow Facilities” at this link

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Automation, Control, & IoT Community Show Their Support for Haystack Connect Conference

Posted by John Petze – Tue 2 Mar

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The Project Haystack Organization has announced sponsors to date for the 2021 Haystack Connect conference May 4-6. These organizations lead the efforts to streamline data interchange through the use of Project Haystack open-source technology. Their support emphasizes the importance of this event to the Project Haystack community, as well as to the broader community of automation, control, and IoT professionals.

Their support also enables the event to offer free registration for all attendees.

Find the current sponsors here

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SkyFoundry Nominated as a Top Industrial Automation Company in Virginia by Welp Magazine

Posted by John Petze – Mon 1 Feb


SkyFoundry is proud to announce its nomination as a 2021 Top Industrial Automation Company in Virginia by Welp Magazine. Nominations in this category showcase companies that have made exceptional contributions and innovations within the industrial automation industry.

The recognition highlights SkyFoundry’s innovative analytics software, SkySpark®, which automatically analyzes equipment and smart device data to identify issues, faults and opportunities for improved performance and operational savings. We are honored by the nomination by Welp Magazine

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Energy Control Technologies Joins SkyFoundry as a Value Added Distributor

Posted by John Petze – Mon 11 Jan


SkyFoundry is excited to announce that Energy Control Technologies ( has been appointed as a SkyFoundry Value Added Distributor (VAD) in the US. is a national supplier of building automation and control products for a wide range of manufacturers including Belimo, Fuji Electric, Johnson Controls, Siemens and more. is also the exclusive distributor of Johnson Controls Facility Explorer products for the South Florida market.

The team includes a network of BAS professionals that provide product support for facility managers, system integrators, mechanical and energy engineers. As interest in analytics continues to grow within the industry they serve, recognized SkySpark as the leading platform for customers to enable complete visibility into the operational performance of their facilities. offers SkySpark license sales, reseller opportunities and support for all aspects of SkySpark integration including setup, data collection, data normalization and reporting services. Their team includes trained, experienced SkySpark practitioners that can provide engineering support to systems integrators and end users. We are excited to have the Energy Control organization as a SkyFoundry partner.

SkyFoundry goes to market through over 140 authorized partners worldwide. Learn more about SkyFoundry’s partner channel at this link

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Haystack Magazine Fall 2020 is Now Available

Posted by John Petze – Mon 14 Dec 2020


We are excited to inform the community of the publication of the Fall 2020 issue of Haystack Connections magazine.

The latest issue further demonstrates how the Haystack community has continued to solidify the value brought by its widely adopted open-source methodology for semantic tagging in the built environment. Facility owners, operators, managers and service companies recognize that a standardized approach to semantic data modeling is key to overcoming the hurdles related to effectively using the data produced by the built environment to achieve truly intelligent, efficient facilities.

The Fall 2020 issue consists of articles, conversations and updates from Project Haystack members and supporting companies from around the world. Check it out at this link

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