Project Haystack

What Is Project Haystack?

Today’s automation systems, equipment, metering systems, smart devices and IoT applications produce tremendous amounts of data.

This data can be very hard to organize and use across different applications because it is stored in many different formats; has inconsistent naming conventions and very limited data descriptors. In essence it lacks information to describe the meaning of the data. And without meaning a time-consuming manual effort is required before value creation can begin.

Taking cues from other data intensive applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and others who utilize tags and semantic data models, the work developed by the Project-Haystack community addresses this challenge by defining and easy to use methodology to describe the meaning of data. This enables software applications to automatically consume, analyze and present data from devices and equipment systems.

The open source Project Haystack effort has streamlined the interchange of data and the techniques for managing, presenting and analyzing the vast amount of data generated by today’s smart devices and building and energy systems.


Airmaster & Project Haystack

Project Haystack encompasses the entire value chain of building systems and related intelligent devices. Airmaster, at the forefront of innovation and technology established BUENO (BUilt ENvironment Optimisation), a managed service filling a major gap in building operational intelligence in Australia. For Airmaster, becoming a founding member of Project Haystack and integrating Haystack support into Airmaster and BUENO projects and products continues to ensure we are well-positioned for the future, and provides a forum where we can share knowledge and expertise through this open source initiative.

BUENO’s vision and approach is to take a big data approach to building operations, maintenance and sustainability. The BUENO service utilises numerous software platforms including SkySpark, JIRA, Niagara, D3 and Tableau and involves a high degree of customisation. From this software, flexible platforms are developed which are able to seamlessly integrate with building control systems such as BMS, Sub-metering, CCTV, Access Control, Lighting and Parking Systems.

The result of the integration of such platforms results not only in providing fundamental building fault diagnostics, but advanced intervention and optimisation, leading to business process improvement. BUENO’s managed service offering is already proven through a number of established buildings and continues to grow.


Why Haystack Connect?

The building automation, energy, and IoT markets have a variety of events. Some are under the control of a single manufacturer. Some are huge events where the needs of systems integrators, technology vendors and their customers are lost in a sea of unrelated products.

Haystack Connect directly serves the needs of the community members who are on the leading edge of applying smart data, smart devices and smart building technologies.

The event is organized and produced by the Project-Haystack community – companies and people who share the vision that a connected, collaborative community can move the industry forward in ways that no single supplier can.

The event builds on the inspiration and mission of the open source community that is addressing the challenges of making smart device data work seamlessly across applications of all types – www.projecthaystack.org