BASSG Launches Anka Labs
The Anka of Turkish myth cyclically regenerates itself like a Phoenix. Anka Labs’ goal is to breathe new life into buildings through the deployment of edge analytics controllers and related innovations.
This January, BASSG launched Anka Labs to bring edge analytics controllers (EACs) to market. Anka will work at the frontier of control automation informatics and lead in machine learning approaches to smart buildings. Each building is a unique 'living' system. Wrangling data into customized workflows that make building equipment work in symbiotic harmony with occupant activities is not a trivial task. Anka Labs will offer tools and services that cater to all the challenges involved. The EAC customer tends to have a data engineer/data scientist mindset, along with some experience as a controls technician or programmer. The Anka Labs team will be able to focus on ensuring their successful experience setting up and deriving value from edge analytics. Are you this type of customer? Let us know if you are interested in running an EAC pilot to improve one of your buildings.
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PB+ NOW OPEN-SOURCE
BASSG just open-sourced Project Builder Plus, one of BASSG’s most popular utility software tools. We want to encourage more of our industry to get up to speed on meta data tagging. The PB+ editor makes it easy to work on large trend data files from your desktop, adding Project-Haystack tagging and custom extensions in preparation for data analytics and visualization applications. PB+ imports building operational data as raw XML and CSV files and exports Project-Haystack-compliant ZINC files. There are options to communicate with NHaystack, Project-Haystack’s open-source Niagara AX module, and with oBIX- (Open Building Information Exchange) compatible databases. These connectors can be extended to Modbus, BACnet, and other standard building protocols. Now that PB+ is open-source, developers can create new connectors to other protocols popular in their specific domain.
From the editor screen you can assign Haystack tags and extend tags with batch oriented tools. The Apache LuceneTM text search engine is built-in, so that users can easily search for specific records or by specific tags in any database built with PB+.
EAC Pilots Take Off
Projects that incorporate Edge Analytics Controllers are multiplying fast. Less than a year ago, the first beta EACs were delivered to select BASSG customers. Just last week the first pilot carrying the new Anka Labs official licensing began collecting data and controlling equipment. Successful proof-of-concept projects include a controls engineering project deploying EACs paired with Sedona room and field controllers from Ontrol. In this pilot, R-ION devices interface with P-ION universal programmable controllers exchanging values in Modbus protocol. Anka EACs trend all the Sedona data and generate customized visuals for web and mobile access. Other pilots involve other types and brands of equipment and use other supported software protocols. As the deployments proliferate, we are proving just how versatile these devices are, especially in the hands of forward-thinking controls experts ready to embrace data-driven approaches to managing building operations.
BASSG Wins ControlTrends 3rd-Party Visualization Vendor of the Year Award
Word is spreading that BASSG provides best-in-class tools and support for graphics in the controls industry. The 5th Annual ControlTrends Awards took place January 30th, the evening before ASHRAE’s annual AHR conference. This event recognizes people and products that have made an important contribution to the controls and automation industry over the previous year. We were happy to be recognized for innovation in 3rd-Party Visualization. We made a lot of progress in this category with the launch of Visualytik, our HTML5 package for easily building custom user interfaces.
Alper Uzmezler, BASSG, Kim Brown, Cochrane Supply, Arthur Alter, DGLogic/Accuity
CABA Webinar Presentation
Alper Uzmezler was a guest speaker at the most recent Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) Intelligent Buildings Council webinar. Here's the link to a recording of the event and presentation slides.