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Thursday, May 02, 2019 02:00 pm

Haystack 4 Is Coming – What it Is and Why it Matters

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Haystack 4 - A Brief Introduction

The understanding of the need for semantic modeling of device and equipment data has matured significantly in the last decade and the requirements and techniques for applying semantic modeling to equipment data are advancing rapidly. As we have learned, semantic modeling is critical for humans to work with and understand the ever-increasing amount of data coming from their systems, but the process of manually applying that semantic model is not scalable. We need our tools to simplify and automate how the semantic model is applied.

Haystack 4 builds on the 8 years of experience in applying Haystack across thousands of buildings worldwide, the input from practitioners in the community throughout that time, as well the collaborators that have participated in the activities of Haystack Working Group 551 over the past year. The way you configure tags today using Haystack will not change, but as you will see, the way the tags get modeled within Haystack systems will enable the tools you use to become smarter so you spend less time manually configuring tags and more time getting value out of the raw data coming from your IoT devices.

Extensive documentation will be available on this work and it will be a key focus of the Haystack Connect 2019 event, with a full day track dedicated to a detailed review of Haystack 4. Our goal with this document is to offer a high-level preview of the major advances that Haystack 4 brings to the challenge of semantic modelling of the devices and equipment systems that permeate the built environment.

And we are excited to reveal the full Haystack Connect 2019 Technical Program, presenters and topics. Haystack Connect is known for the quality of its technical program and this year will raise the bar even further. Quite simply, this is the place where the industry leaders on the use of device and equipment data gather to network and share in an open and collegial environment. Here are some highlights of the Technical Program:

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 01:35 pm

Haystack Connect 2019 Call for Speakers Closes March 31

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Winter has turned to Spring and Haystack Connect 2019 is now just 8 weeks away (May 13-15). Haystack Connect is known for the high quality of its technical sessions and the 2019 event will maintain that tradition and in fact, raise the bar.

ControlTalk NOW: CTN 305 interview is with DLR Group Principal, Ruairi Barnwell. DLR Group is one of the most advanced integrated design firms in the world and recent recipient of the ControlTrends Awards 2018 Project Haystack Award.

Friday, March 01, 2019 12:07 pm

Working Group Meetings at Haystack Connect 2019

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Plan Now to Have Your Group Meet

Part of the schedule at Haystack Connect 2019 provides an opportunity for Working Groups to meet, update the community on their progress, involve new members and work in-person on open topics. We encourage all Working Group leaders to submit a request to get a time slot for their group to meet. Now is the time to act!

All you need to do is submit a brief description of what you will cover in your session. Submit your summary via the Call for Speakers on the Haystack Connect 2019 website.

Friday, February 22, 2019 04:50 pm

Project Haystack Exhibiting at ISH 2019 in Frankfurt

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Project Haystack is exhibiting at the ISH 2019 Conference at Messe Frankfurt in Frankfurt, Germany next month March 11 - 15, 2019 in Hall 10.3, Stand A61. The conference website is!

ISH is the world’s leading trade fair focusing on the responsible management of water and energy in buildings. It sets trends for modern bathroom design, sustainable heating and air-conditioning technology as well as intelligent home systems.

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