Realcomm Advisory - Start with Exploration: Rethinking the Approach to Data Analytics in Fac...

Posted by Paul Bergquist – Wed 21 Mar

We are excited to make you aware of a new Realcomm Advisory article by SkyFoundry's John Petze. Here's a quick overview of the main theme of John's article,

...Embarking on a project to apply data analytics to facility and equipment system data should be viewed as a process of exploration, very different from other investments commonly made by real estate professionals...

We tend to look at anything we do in the built environment as an engineering project – something that can be predefined down to the finest detail, and if executed correctly, will provide us with a known end result. For example, we design and construct a building, we design and install an HVAC system, or engineer the details of an equipment upgrade project. All these things can, and should, be ‘engineered’ in detail. We wouldn’t break ground to build a new facility without having completed the detailed engineering work to ensure success...

...Applying analytics to building system data is very different than other investments, and requires owners to look at these projects in a new way...

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SkySpark Deployed in Smart City Project in Kortrijk, The Netherlands

Posted by John Petze – Tue 20 Feb

The West Flemish city of Kortrijk (75,000 inhabitants) is transitioning into a Smart City. The city will digitally manage, among other things, mobility, parking and energy. CimPro, SkyFoundry's Value Added Distributor for the Benelux region, has been commissioned to contribute to smart energy savings as part of the project. A uniform data approach and open software platform are an indispensable ingredient of the plan.

Monitoring building performance -- SkySpark analytics software "is used to improve the building performance. This program continuously monitors and analyzes the most important energy and climate parameters. This automatically provides insight into possible errors, the cause, the time, the duration and the consumption costs. It is even possible to predict problems and schedule preventive maintenance. If a boiler uses excessively much energy, it may be that a certain part is defective. By monitoring all relevant parameters in real time in the cloud, maintenance companies can tackle any problems directly."

Leak detection of fountains -- Not only buildings, but also works of art are connected to the system. In the past, water leaks on city fountains were only discovered upon receipt of the water bill. In the future, the water consumption of the fountains will be monitored and analyzed in real-time. When the consumption is higher than expected, maintenance technicians automatically receive a report with the data of the leaky fountain.

Read the full article here

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Lynxspring and SkyFoundry Demonstrate New Embedded Analytics Solution for Building IoT at AHR Expo

Posted by John Petze – Mon 22 Jan

Today at the 2018 AHR Expo in Chicago IL, Lynxspring and SkyFoundry introduced a new Onyxx® SkySpark® Edge Analytics solution, which embeds SkyFoundry’s SkySpark® Everywhere™ analytics software in the Lynxspring Onyxx® hardware platform.

Lynxspring’s Onyxx® hardware platform is designed to bring advanced IoT software applications to the “edge”. The Onyxx® embedded edge family of modular, open hardware, bridges and gateways support multiple activities across key market segments, and edge-to-enterprise and Cloud applications.

SkySpark® Everywhere™ enables the full capabilities of SkyFoundry’s SkySpark® Analytics software to be deployed in a distributed architecture where multiple nodes work together to perform analytics at the edge, while still providing users with a unified view of their data and analytic results.

Read the full Press Release here

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SkyFoundry will be exhibiting at the CxEnergy event in Las Vegas, April 23-26, 2018

Posted by Paul Bergquist – Tue 16 Jan

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SkyFoundry is an Exhibitor at the CxEnergy 2018 Conference & Expo, the #1 commissioning and energy management event (April 23-26, Las Vegas, NV)! CxEnergy 2018 will once again draw hundreds of the nation’s leading commissioning providers, energy management professionals, MEP engineers, HVAC testing professionals, facility managers, and building owners. The expo hall showcases a wide variety of products including software, instruments, metering devices, controls and services targeted specifically to commissioning, energy management, engineering, and testing firms.

Visit us at booth 215! Attendee registration and event information updates are available at CxEnergy

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SkyFoundry Releases Machine Learning Tools for SkySpark

Posted by John Petze – Mon 8 Jan

We are excited to announce the release of Machine Learning Tools for SkySpark®. The new Machine Learning Tools provide support for supervised learning for prediction and forecasting through regression-based approaches, and classification using Support Vector Machine (SVM) techniques.

We have been working with select customers for almost a year as they tested our new machine learning tools. Their feedback helped us optimize the tools to make application as easy as possible. The results have been excellent and we are excited to announce their availability to the entire market. These tools further extend the capabilities of SkySpark and the range of solutions our partners are delivering to customers around the globe.

Read the full press release on SkySpark's Machine Learning tools here

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One BILLION Square Feet - SkySpark Deployments Worldwide Achieve New Milestone

Posted by John Petze – Wed 15 Nov 2017

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One BILLION Square Feet - SkySpark Deployments Achieve New Milestone

We are excited to announce that SkySpark® Analytics software has now been applied to more than 13,000 buildings, encompassing over 1 Billion square feet (>92 million square meters). The deployments cover a wide range of applications for energy management, equipment systems optimization, monitoring-based commissioning and fault detection in all types of facilities including federal and municipal government, healthcare, commercial and residential real estate, higher education and multi-site retail. We thank our partners and customers for achieving this significant milestone.

Deployment of SkySpark across more than 1 Billion square feet further validates the financial benefits of applying data analytics to building and equipment systems to reduce energy and operational costs. It also demonstrates the effectiveness of our worldwide SkyFoundry Partner Channel-- a network of over 125 authorized systems integrators, specialty engineering firms and OEMs, that implement SkySpark for end users. These companies provide customers with the greatest freedom of choice in the industry for deployment and ongoing consulting and support services.

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SkySpark In The News - Recognized for Technology and Financial Results for Building Owners

Posted by John Petze – Wed 1 Nov 2017

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With deployments across a wide range of applications, SkySpark continues to be recognized as both a leading edge software platform for IoT applications, and a leading data analytics solution for fault detection & diagnostics and energy management. The articles, research papers and DoE reports highlighted below demonstrate the financial results attainable as organizations use SkySpark to transition to data-driven facilities management.

Harbor Research Report: SMART SYSTEMS and INTERNET OF THINGS PLATFORMS

Here is a quote from the research paper: “IoT PLATFORM INNOVATORS - After reviewing and analyzing over 200 so-called IoT and related data and analytics platforms, we have found that there is a distinct minority of true platform innovators in the marketplace. Leading and innovative examples of players working on next generation platforms include Skyfoundry…"

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New Case Study - BAM “Stroomversnelling” Advanced Analytics in Net-Zero Homes

Posted by John Petze – Wed 11 Oct 2017

We are excited to publish a new Case Study provided by BAM Energy Systems of the Netherlands. The case study shows how SkySpark is being used in large scale deployments of Net Zero Energy homes. It further demonstrates the wide range of applications SkySpark is used in and is a fascinating and unique project.

You can find the BAM Net Zero Energy Homes Case Study here

SkyFoundry would like to thank BAM Energy Systems and Cimpro our VAD for the Benelux region for producing this very unique case study.

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Lynxspring Signs as SkyFoundry OEM - Makes SkySpark Everywhere part of Edge-to-Enterprise Ini...

Posted by John Petze – Mon 9 Oct 2017

Lynxspring Signs as SkyFoundry OEM - Makes SkySpark Everywhere part of Edge-to-Enterprise Initiative

We are excited to announce that Lynxspring has entered into an OEM relationship with SkyFoundry, which enables SkySpark Everywhere software to be offered as an embedded solution on the new JENEsys Edge 534 platform. SkySpark will be offered both as a stand-alone application on the 534, and combined with Niagara.

This product announcement furthers the adoption of the SkySpark Everywhere Distributed Architecture allowing users to implement sophisticated analytics “at the edge”, and provides system integrators with new hardware options for deployment of SkySpark.

For more details read the official Lynxspring Press Release here:

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SkyFoundry Insider Sept 2017: View Builder - A Special Issue

Posted by John Petze – Fri 8 Sep 2017

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We are excited to release the latest Insider newsletter. This issue focuses on View Builder one of the most important additions to SkySpark technology since its initial release in 2010. Find the Sept 2017 Insider at this link

One of the main features that has made SkySpark so successful is that it automatically creates rich visualizations of analytic results and operational data without requiring engineering effort to build displays. This capability was a break-through when first introduced and has eliminated countless hours of labor typically associated with creating graphical displays of equipment system data and analytic findings.

While users love the efficiency the automated apps provide, there is often a desire to create customized presentations of operating data and analytic findings. SkySpark’s new View Builder technology takes the next step in data visualization by enabling users to create their own visualizations, reports and fully interactive Apps without needing software development skills.

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