SkyFoundry Insider Sept 2017: View Builder - A Special Issue

Posted by John Petze – Fri 8 Sep

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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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Kodaro is Now a SkyFoundry OEM Partner

Posted by John Petze – Tue 29 Aug

We are excited to announce that Kodaro has joined the SkyFoundry community as a SkySpark Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). Kodaro, the Bay Area building software start-up with service offerings in analytics and data cloud hosting as well as a product suite that includes the Niagara 4 port for the Dell Edge Gateway, has a team of engineers dedicated to developing cohesive, cost-effective infrastructures with SkySpark for data analytics from edge to cloud.

Kodaro is using SkySpark to develop building data rules packages that can be applied out-of-the-box or built to custom specifications. Kodaro's data cloud services also make it possible to simplify SkySpark application management, opening the door to responsive analytics that optimize systems automatically through machine learning.

We are excited to have Kodaro join the SkyFoundry community as an OEM. With a team of developers dedicated to SkySpark rules-writing and secure data collection, they bring new solutions to the marketplace for both end users and SkyFoundry reseller partners.

Read the full news release here

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Project Haystack Grows in Europe - Subject of Opening Session at Projekt BMS, Warsaw Poland Oct 18

Posted by John Petze – Thu 17 Aug

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We thought that the SkyFoundry community would be interested to know that Project Haystack will be the subject of the official conference opening session at Projekt BMS, October 18-19, in Warsaw Poland. Projekt BMS sets out to create a flagship, annual event for suppliers and recipients of Building Management Systems, Smart Building Systems, building Automation Technology.

John Petze, Executive Director of and Partner at SkyFoundry will be the speaker introducing the attendees to the concepts of data modeling for device data and Project-Haystack technology. The European market is seeing increased adoption of Project Haystack which will be the subject of presentations at other conference events in France and elsewhere this fall.

Full details on the Projekt BMS Conference can be found at this link

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SkySpark Can Now Tweet !!

Posted by John Petze – Fri 11 Aug

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Would you like your SkySpark instance to tweet messages? We are excited to announce the availability of a new SkySpark Extension that enables SkySpark to send tweets.

The software extension - sfxTwitterExt 1.0.2 - which is compatible with SkySpark 3.0.12, is available on Stackhub is the software package management resource for the Haystack Community. Find Stackhub here

Find the SkySpark Twitter extension on the Stackhub Packages page

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SkySpark Projects in the News -- Naval Bases at Bangor, Bremerton, and Keyport Utilize SkySpark

Posted by John Petze – Thu 10 Aug

The Navy recently standardized and consolidated their facility monitoring and control capabilities across three of the Naval Base Kitsap campuses: Bangor, Bremerton, and Keyport. The project included upgrading the direct digital control (DDC)and monitoring systems in 136 buildings across these three locations and implementing SkySpark for fault detection and diagnosis (FDD). Wood Harbinger was the engineering firm on the project.

The project is the subject of an article in the August issue of Consulting Specifying Engineer which can be found at this link

The Navy estimated that this project would result in a 10% to 20% energy cost savings over the lifespan of the buildings at the three base locations. Catching problems early helps the Navy better manage its facility portfolio to achieve energy use reduction and energy cost savings.

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Building Analytics Success Story - Sprint Headquarters

Posted by John Petze – Thu 20 Jul

We are excited to to highlight a new case study on the Sprint Headquarters project which was recognized by the Department of Energy for Best Practice in Use of Energy Management Information Systems under their "Smart Energy Analytics Campaign".

Implemented by SkyFoundry partner CBRE|ESI, Sprint received national recognition from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Smart Energy Analytics Campaign in 2017, acknowledging their exemplary work to save energy through the use of EMIS. SkySpark was the EMIS technology utilized on the project which encompasses 20 buildings of more than 4 million square feet. Congratulations to CBRE|ESI and Sprint on this great project and SkySpark success story.

You can find the new case study here

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SkyFoundry will be a Speaker and Exhibitor at Energy Exchange 2017

Posted by John Petze – Mon 3 Jul


SkyFoundry will be a Speaker and Exhibitor of Energy Exchange 2017

SkyFoundry is excited to announce they will be both a speaker and an exhibitor at the Energy Exchange 2017 event, August 15-17, Tampa FL. John Petze will be a speaker in the Advanced Software Technologies session on Wednesday Aug 16. Find the full agenda here

SkyFoundry will be exhibiting in booth #408. If you are planning to attend please stop by to visit with us to see the very latest new feature in SkySpark 3.0.

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Case Study: High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre by Control & Electric

Posted by John Petze – Wed 7 Jun

We are excited to announce a new Case Study provided to us by Control & Electric of Australia. The project - The High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre (HRPPC) Phytotron is a two story, 3120 research laboratory located at the CSIRO Black Mountain facility in Canberra, Australia. A phytotron is a building in which plants can be grown in controlled climatic conditions and combines glasshouses and controlled environment cabinets. The building was constructed in 1962 and has undergone several refurbishments since. Although the HVAC system was meeting occupant comfort and equipment environment requirements there was an opportunity to use a Fault Detection and Diagnostics (FDD) tool to identify equipment inefficiencies and potential energy savings.

Control & Electric implement SkySpark® Analytics by SkyFoundry for the HRPPC in May 2016, as part of a 12 month FDD program. This case study provides an overview of the project and the results.

You can find the HRPCC Case Study here

We want to thank the team at Control & Electric for submitting this great Case Study.

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A New Deal for Buildings - Driving a Dialog to Advance Our Facilities

Posted by John Petze – Wed 31 May

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SkyFoundry is pleased to announce its support for a new industry initiative: A New Deal for Buildings

The objective of the New Deal is to facilitate a dialog between the building systems industry and commercial building professionals -- a dialog on how we collectively think about intelligent and smart systems in buildings.

Specifically, the focus of the New Deal is to address the challenges faced by both vendors and owners as they plan for, procure, manage and maintain building automation systems that lie at the heart of modern facilities.

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Haystack Connect 2017 Was A Huge Success -- All Presentations Now Available

Posted by John Petze – Fri 19 May


As founding members of Project-Haystack we have a strong interest in the success of the effort, and are admittedly a bit biased, but from everything we have heard both attendees, sponsors and speakers felt that the event was a huge success.

Here is a fantastic article written by Harbor Research presenting an independent view of Haystack and the Haystack Connect event

One of the most notable things about Haystack Connect 2017 was the dramatic advances and the sophistication of the work the Project Haystack Community is doing. The technical presentations, from speakers from around the world, demonstrated that the companies involved with Project Haystack are clearly on the leading-edge of applying data science to the Internet of Things for Buildings - the BIoT. The community is truly succeeding in our mission of making device data easy to work with across diverse applications with open, extensible and easy to use data markup standards.

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