BCIT Partners with SkyFoundry in Advanced Building Controls and Energy Management Program

Posted by John Petze – Tue 21 Feb

In September 2016 the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) launched its new Advanced Certificate in Building Controls and Energy Management (BCEM). This fully online distance education program has been designed to help supply industry with graduates who can use controls and building automation systems to improve energy efficiency. This program fills the need for education about controls, building automation, and energy management as a combined field. Graduates will integrate this knowledge in all phases of a building’s life: design, construction, commissioning, and ongoing operation.

BCIT has partnered with SkyFoundry to provide students with access to SkySpark analytics to help do project work on real world building data. The students use SkySpark to do assignments in their courses including their Building Systems Integration and Analytics course.

BCEM is comprised of nine courses that take a student approximately 1.5 years in part-time courses to complete with an option to complete in 2.5 years with a reduced course load.

BCEM will produce skilled practitioners who have expertise in the advanced design, use, and recommissioning of controls systems to manage energy at the building level. This industry is now growing as more high performance and “connected” buildings are being constructed.

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DOE Smart Energy Analytics Campaign is Recruiting Building Owners

Posted by John Petze – Fri 3 Feb

SkyFoundry joined the DOE's Smart Energy Analytics Campaign as a supporting partner in August of 2016. The Smart Energy Analytics Campaign promotes the adoption of analytics software and ongoing monitoring. See the original press announcement here

The Smart Energy Analytics Campaign is currently signing up commercial building owners and managers who are interested in taming their energy data and turning it into in actionable steps through the use of Energy Management and Information Systems. One popular feature the Campaign offers is membership in technical peer groups that discuss real world solutions to energy management issues. To learn more and join the campaign click here

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Case Study: Broadway Bldg Denver by Group 14

Posted by John Petze – Mon 23 Jan

We are excited to announce a new Case Study provided to us by Group 14. 1670 Broadway is a 700,000 square foot, 35-story Class A high-rise office tower located in downtown Denver, Colorado. In 2012, the building management team embarked on a major initiative to reduce energy consumption in the building. The process began with a retro commissioning study funded in part by Xcel Energy followed by a major upgrade of the building automation system (BAS).

Commissioning of the BAS was completed in 2013 and Measurement and Verification (M&V) was conducted to verify the savings achieved. The improvements were verified to save over $180,000 in annual operating costs and they helped increase the Energy Star score to 85. These improvements also contributed significantly to achieving the USGBC’s LEED-EB: O&M Gold certification.

You can find the Broadway Case Study here

We want to thank the team at Group 14 for submitting this great Case Study.

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SkyFoundry will present at Globalcon 2017 March 22-23

Posted by Paul Bergquist – Fri 20 Jan


SkyFoundry's John Petze will be a speaker at the Globalcon 2017 event. He will present Using Data Analytics to Improve Energy Efficiency in Buildings in the session entitled: Unleashing the Value of Big Data, on 23-Mar-2017, from 2:00 - 4:00PM

Globalcon takes place March 22-23 at Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA. Full details on the conference program can be found here

As part of the speaking engagement SkyFoundry is able to provide community members a $300 discount for conference registration. Use code GC17SPEAKERS in the coupon code box when checking out at www.globalconevent.com/registration.

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Harbor Research Briefs for SkyFoundry Community at No Cost - Complete Their Survey

Posted by John Petze – Wed 18 Jan

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Harbor Research is currently conducting a Smart Buildings market study of both adopters (building owners, managers, developers, engineers and architects) and suppliers (equipment, technology and service providers) of smart, connected devices and services. They are offering one of three market briefs (research studies) in exchange for completing a survey. Harbor Research provides valuable thought leadership and market intelligence for our industry and we hope that you will consider participating in the survey.

The briefings available include:

  • Smart Buildings Forecast Brief: What segments and types of applications should you be looking to address in the future? Buildings Market Trends and Dimensioning from Harbor’s Smart Systems Forecast Model
  • Market Player & Business Models Brief: What players, relationships and business models are driving market disruption? Key Market Participant Profiles and Ecosystem Mapping, Including Player Relationship Examples
  • Use Case & Technology Brief: What products and services are in the market today and how are they applied? Application and Use Case Profiles with Technology Requirements and Case Examples

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New Realcomm Advisory: Is The Value of Your Building Data is Being Lost?

Posted by Paul Bergquist – Mon 16 Jan


Last weeks Realcomm Advisory entitled: The Value of Building Data is Being Lost: Where Do You Stand in the Data Analytics Journey? was authored by SkyFoundry's John Petze, who is also an IBcon 2017 Advisory Council Member.

The article addresses the range of challenges organizations need consider to effectively move to data driven facilities management and the compelling reasons to get started with a data analytics program. You can find the Realcomm Advisory here

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Haystack Connect 2017 - SkyFoundry is a Platinum Sponsor - Join Us May 8-10 at Saddlebrook

Posted by John Petze – Sun 15 Jan


It promises to be one of the most important conferences of 2017 for our industry. Haystack Connect is the event that brings together the systems integrators, technology providers, A&E firms, OEM's and end users who are leading the way to advanced smart-device applications by making the data produced by smart systems interoperable and self-describing.

SkyFoundry is proud to be a founding member of Project-Haystack.org and to be a Platinum sponsor. Anyone that has attended the Haystack Connect event in the past will tell you about the quality of the conference program, the opportunity to see leading edge products from sponsors, the valuable networking opportunities, and the fun they had at previous Haystack events. Our team will be there in force - we hope the SkyFoundry community will join us for this special event.

Find full details on Registration (early bird rates now available), the Call for Speakers, and Sponsorship opportunities here

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SkySpark Everywhere™ Selected as Winner Connected World® IoT Innovations Award for 2016

Posted by John Petze – Mon 12 Dec 2016

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SkyFoundry is excited to announce that SkySpark Everywhere has been selected as a winner of the Connected World IoT Innovations Award for 2016.

IoT Innovations Awards recognize products that have set the bar for their companies and their industries demonstrating a unique level of versatility and creativity.

Submitted IoT (Internet of Things) products were judged by an editorial panel representing a cross section of the industry. Both business and consumer IoT products were submitted for judging. Winning products are selected based on a variety of criteria, including most creative and technologically advanced products, services, and platforms. SkyFoundry is incredibly honored to have SkySpark Everywhere recognized with this prestigious award.

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Introducing SkySpark Everywhere - Now Apply SkySpark from the Edge to the Cloud

Posted by John Petze – Wed 30 Nov 2016

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The World of Data Analytics for the Internet of Things, Buildings and Equipment Systems Just Changed...Forever

We are excited to formally announce the next generation of the SkySpark platform - SkySpark Everywhere. SkySpark Everywhere addresses one of the key challenges in implementing next generation IoT applications, which is the ability to disseminate data and computation between edge devices and server/cloud environments in a unified, distributed system. Now SkySpark technology works across distributed systems that can be scaled to thousands of nodes and millions of sensor and control points. SkySpark Everywhere can run in small, low cost embedded devices and across clusters of servers – from 2 to 1000’s of devices – all working together as a seamless unified system. Data collection, secure inter-node communications, analytics processing, visualization and reporting work everywhere across networks of connected nodes.

The December issue of the Insider newsletter is dedicated to the new features and capabilities of SkySpark Everywhere. Find the December Insider at this link

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Harbor Research White Paper on SkyFoundry and SkySpark 3.0

Posted by John Petze – Tue 22 Nov 2016


We are excited to announce that SkyFoundry was the subject of an important white paper by Harbor Research. The paper entitled “The Age of Perfect Information” is part of the Harbor series on The Future of Smart Systems and IoT Analytics.

Harbor Research was given a preview of the advances contained in SkySpark 3.0 which lead to the development of the white paper. We consider it an honor to be the subject of the paper and think you will find it interesting. (Its also a sneak preview of our major SkySpark 3.0 announcement due out Dec 2, 2016).

You can access the Harbor Research White Paper here

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