Why every Smart Building needs Project Haystack

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What is Project Haystack?

Project Haystack is an open source initiative to streamline working with data from the Internet of Things. We standardize semantic data models and web services with the goal of making it easier to unlock value from the vast quantity of data being generated by the smart devices that permeate our homes, buildings, factories, and cities. Applications include automation, control, energy, HVAC, lighting, and other environmental systems.

Why do you need it?

The full value of the mountains of data generated by IoT systems can only be achieved by the automation of advanced analytics, based on algorithmic or machine learning technologies. These techniques cannot be applied effectively at scale unless the data is fully and consistently structured.

VRT Systems recognised the power of Project Haystack around 5 years ago, so we designed intrinsic support for it in WideSky, our IoT data management platform. VRT has been active in the Haystack community and has recently been accepted as an Associate Member.

VRT Leading Haystack Working Group

VRT CTO, Patrick Coffey is the "Champion" of the Reference Model Working Group and working with John Petze, Project Haystack's Executive Director, on matters related to simplifying the message around the Haystack data model to facilitate improved understanding by newcomers to this space. They will soon be publishing a Haystack 101 document called: "Implementing Project Haystack - Applying Haystack for a Sample Building".

VRT Signs Developer Agreement with Tridium

VRT identified the Niagara platform from Tridium as a highly successful ecosystem of building automation equipment that already easily integrates with Haystack. We plan to support and improve the already great support for Haystack in Niagara devices in the coming months.

Supercharge your next project with Haystack on WideSky

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VRT is actively seeking business relationships with suitable Systems Integrators who support Niagara\ Haystack and want to tackle larger, more sophisticated projects by "integrating" the WideSky IoT platform into their solution stack. This system will enable you to deliver high speed, super scalable, highly secure solutions. The fact that all layers in the solution stack communicate via the open Haystack API also represents a solution that is quick to implement, has low technical risk and is complete with industry leading analytics capability.

If this sounds like your organisation, please contact VRT's CEO, John Meehan.