John Petze



John Petze is a partner at SkyFoundry, the developers of SkySpark™, an analytics platform for building, energy and equipment data. John has over 30 years of experience in building automation, energy management and M2M/IoT, having served in senior level positions for manufacturers of hardware and software products including: President & CEO of Tridium, VP Product Development for Andover Controls, and Global Director of Sales for Cisco Systems Smart and Connected Buildings group and is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers. He is the Executive Director of, an open source, 501C trade association focusing on standards and technology to make device data self-describing to enable software applications to automatically consume, interpret, analyze and present data from devices and equipment systems thereby unlocking the value of the data.

The value of equipment system data to improve performance has been proven in thousands of applications. While device data surrounds us, it turns out that it's one thing to have access to data; it's another to make it useful and actionable. The primary barrier to using equipment data is understanding its meaning.

The challenge is that device data are stored in many different formats, communicated via numerous protocols, have inconsistent non-standard naming conventions, and have very limited descriptors to enable us to understand meaning without direct knowledge of the device producing the data.

Project Haystack is an open source initiative that has developed a standardized approach to defining the meaning of equipment system data that can be used with systems and applications of all types. Project Haystack provides a flexible, extensible methodology to enable data to be “self-describing” and easily used across applications.

Presentation: Project-Haystack - Unlocking the Value of Equipment System Data

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