A truly intelligent building measures understands and responds to its own behavior. Achieving this level of intelligence requires more than just the latest, efficient HVAC and lighting systems. The building needs the ability to automatically analyze all of the data produced by its equipment systems, the resources it consumes and the external environmental conditions it is subject to. Control systems on their own simply aren’t designed to accomplish this.
SkySpark collects, manages, and automatically performs analytics on the data from building automation systems, metering systems, lighting, weather, and other smart devices to identify issues, patterns, deviations, faults and opportunities for operational improvements and cost reduction.
SkySpark informs operators of issues via a complete suite of Apps that automatically visualize operational data and highlight patterns,
correlations, and KPI’s, all without requiring custom development of graphical screens. With SkySpark once your data is connected you are ready-to-go.
For applications that do require customized reports, SkySpark combines the efficiency of its built-in, ready-to-go Apps with the ability to create customized data presentations with View Builder. View Builder provides a point-and-click tool that lets you create your own customized visualizations, displays, and Apps and turn those views into reports and for automated emailing.
SkySpark helps building owners and operators “find what matters” in the vast amount of data produced by today’s smart systems across facilities of all types. In the following sections, we will provide more detail on specific applications for SkySpark.
Industrial facilities have their own special requirements based on their unique use and production output, but in the end, their equipment systems produce huge volumes of time series data making SkySpark an ideal solution for analyzing and optimizing processes and the environmental systems that support those processes. SkySpark’s Folio database accepts high-frequency sensor data with millisecond precision.
Perhaps most important for industrial applications is that SkySpark enables you to leverage your domain knowledge to implement rules, KPI’s, and algorithms that fit your highly specific needs.
By combining full user-programmability with a comprehensive library of analytic functions (over 500 and growing) SkySpark provides you with the tools you need to address applications of all types across virtually any type of device and equipment data.
SkySpark has been successfully applied in a variety of industrial applications. You can find a recent case study here:
Profitable operations of indoor cultivation facilities require efficiency at every step. From the use of energy for lighting and control of environmental conditions to the delivery of nutrients, water and use of labor. The common thread to all of these is data. Whether it be live data from sensors and control systems or batch data recorded in work management tools or financial systems, it’s essential to be able to collect, manage, visualize, analyze and report your operational data.
SkySpark® Analytics software provides the features you need to optimize your cultivation processes and profit by providing you with the ability to:
Collect Data from Your Systems via a variety of built-in data acquisition connectors including Bacnet IP, Modbus TCP, Obix, Haystack, SNMP, Sedona, OPC UA, MQTT, SQL, CSV import (manual batch or automated), and a REST API.
Security and Privacy - SkyFoundry Never Has Your Data. SkySpark can be installed on-premise on your computer hardware inside your secure networks. SkySpark is sold as licensed software – install it on a local PC or server or host it in your own cloud. SkyFoundry never has your data – you are in control.
Automatically Calculate the Key Performance Indicators you need to be able to track results against KPI’s relevant to your business. With SkySpark you can implement virtually any KPI that’s relevant to your business. Examples include:
Automatically Perform Analytics to Identify Faults, Deviations, Anomalies, Trends and Correlations. SkySpark’s real power is its ability to automatically apply analytic rules and algorithms against your data to identify patterns that represent inefficiencies, deviations, anomalies and opportunities for improved performance. Analytic rules are fully programmable meaning that you can convert your deep domain knowledge into rules for your facility, your crop and your unique operating conditions.
The Result – Know How Your Cultivation Processes are Really Performing. SkySpark’s built-in visualization Apps automatically show data, patterns, correlations, KPI’s without requiring custom development. With SkySpark once your data is connected you are ready-to-go. For applications that require customized reports, SkySpark combines the efficiency of built-in ready-to-go Apps with the ability to create your own data presentations with our View Builder point and click tool. View Builder lets you create your own customized visualizations and turn those views into reports and for automated emailing.
Completely Customizable for Your Unique Application Needs. SkySpark’s high-performance database and infinitely flexible analytics language provide results not possible with other tools. SkySpark can be used in a wide variety of applications with systems and crops of all types. It’s not tied to any one manufacturer's sensors, controls or equipment systems. It can be easily applied to your unique facility and requirements.
SkySpark provides a complete suite of tools for energy analysis and reporting applications and is often used as a stand-alone Energy Analysis application. Its supports applications involving the full range of energy resources including electricity, alternative energy generation including solar and storage, natural gas, oil, and water – basically any resource that is metered. Some of the major features of the SkySpark Energy tools include:
Connectors to access energy data from metering systems. SkySpark supports a variety of data acquisition connectors: Bacnet IP, Modbus TCP, Obix, Haystack, SNMP, Sedona, OPC UA, MQTT, SQL, CSV import (manual batch or automated), and a REST API.
Integration with Energy Star Portfolio Manager. SkySpark’s Energy Star extension supports a wide range of services. From generating “Property” Accounts in Energy Star directly from SkySpark, to automatically pushing energy consumption data to Portfolio Manager on a continuous basis, or as a onetime batch upload. You can also pull energy consumption data already in Energy Star into SkySpark to populate historic energy data for use in the SkySpark Energy App, Historian, and KPI App.
The SkySpark Energy App. The Energy App provides a comprehensive suite of tools to view and analyze energy and other metered data.
Analyze consumption and demand data, normalize data based on standard factors like degree days, or building size or create custom normalization factors.
Compare energy use to Baselines. SkySpark provides standard baseline comparisons such as last month, last year and specific date ranges, and allows you to create custom baselines based on math formulas or imported data sets collected from actual meters, or from energy modeling applications.
Generate Reports Quickly and Easily. With SkySpark, anything you see on the screen can be a report with just a couple of clicks. You can directly export any view as a PDF or SVG image, and your energy data can be exported in Excel®, CSV, XML, ZINC, and JSON formats via a simple dialog.
Rate Modeler & Tariff Engine Calculates True Energy Costs. In order to address the need to calculate energy costs based on Rate Modeler and Tariff Engine allows rates to be defined based on a wide range of billing “charges” including:
SkySpark is deployed in Government facilities of all types from office buildings to military facilities. One of the most notable being the GSA Link project, launched in 2013. GSA Link generates over 27 million data samples each day from more than 13,000 sensors embedded throughout 81 GSA properties encompassing more than 44 million square feet of space. Using SkySpark analytics, the system has resulted in significant savings in energy and operational costs as well as automating certain environmental outcomes based on given inputs.
For many Government applications security is the key requirement.
Because SkySpark can be deployed locally, on-premise, it meets the needs of highly secure facilities where cloud-based systems cannot. SkyFoundry never has your data and no external connections are required for SkySpark to provide its full feature set of analytics and the complete suite of data and analytic visualization including password strength indicator, automatic password reset, expiration, integration with centralized credential systems via LDAP and integration with Single Sign-On technology. It also includes certificate-based authentication between multiple servers when deployed in a distributed architecture.
Healthcare facilities have unique needs including stringent regulatory requirements and mission-critical systems that are literally responsible for life and death. Performance of those systems matters - not only for efficient use of energy resources and cost control - but also to insure occupant safety and comfort and manage risk. Again, the common theme is sensor and equipment data – lots of it. Hospital staffs need to be able to quickly and efficiently work with data from diverse systems produced by different suppliers and quickly find issues, patterns, deviations and faults in represented in that data.
SkySpark has been deployed across millions of square feet of healthcare facilities with great results. Here are a few of our Healthcare Case Studies at these links:
Multi-site retail portfolios have unique needs related to their equipment systems and the responsibilities of the teams that manage them. First, there is the sheer number of sites and equipment systems and data samples generated. Think of a portfolio with 1000 sites, each with 10 HVAC units, each with 25 data points (sensors and control points), with each point-producing 1 data sample every minute. That’s 360 million data samples per day! In the course of a year that’s 131 Billion data samples. Talk about BIG DATA. SkySpark unique database, historian and analytics technology handles projects of that size with ease.
But an effective solution for multi-site retail operators requires more than the ability to collect, manage, analyze that data. An effective analytics solution needs to provide the tools to help organize data and results for the various constituents involved in managing facilities.
Operations teams need to see equipment and performance data and have analytic results clearly organized by region, site, type of facility and other attributes.
And portfolio managers need to look at performance from a higher level with
presentations that show answer questions like what types of issues am I having in my facilities? Where do they occur? How long do they last? How often do they occur? AND What are they costing me?
SkySpark’s built-in Apps provide the visualizations and reports needed to serve the needs of the different teams involved in facility and energy management across widely dispersed portfolios.
And today, SkySpark is deployed across thousands of sites for many of the most well-known names in multi-site retail and quick-serve restaurants.
SkySpark provides a business-transforming solution for consultants involved in energy analysis, commissioning, Monitoring & Verification and similar services. SkySpark enables these companies to automate significant portions of the work they have historically done with extensive manual effort.
No more manually managing data and clicking through excel sheets. Any KPI, analysis, data transformation, normalization calculation or rollup can become automatic in SkySpark. Are energy analysis reports due tomorrow? No problem – once the data is loaded and the functions defined, they are continuously calculated and ready in SkySpark. And reports can be generated in Excel®, PDF, PNG, Google Sheets® and other formats.
We offer an application note entitled Applying SkySpark to Meet IPMVP Generally Accepted M&V Principles to help M&V professionals interpret IPMVP requirements and align them with SkySpark capabilities and feature sets.
SkySpark acts as a force multiplier allowing your engineering teams to do more projects and deliver more complete and comprehensive analysis and reports to your clients with less time and effort. With every project you do, and every rule or report you define your library builds. And that library is your Intellectual Property. It never comes back to SkyFoundry. These are just some of the reasons that in-house use by energy consulting firms is one of our fastest-growing markets.
Learn more about the use of SkySpark in M&V from the wide range of case studies by shown below.
A Comprehensive IoT Software Platform for OEMs and SaaS Providers Shortens Time to Market and Reduces Software Development and Support Costs
SkySpark® is an extensible, end-to-end software platform for smart device data that can be applied from the edge to the cloud. SkySpark provides data collection, data storage, data management, automated analytics, and data visualization for the Internet of Things applications in the built environment and is designed to be used as a platform for OEMs to build their additional value on.
If you are planning to offer your customers solutions to collect, manage and create value from the data produced by smart, connected devices you will invariably encounter the need to buy or build software to address the following needs:
SkySpark provides all of these functions in a ready-to-go platform that has been proven across thousands of applications.
If you are working with IoT devices and their data, you likely know that machine data is different than conventional IT data. SkySpark has been designed from the ground up for the unique needs of sensors, machine, and device data.
Device data is by nature “time-series” data – a sensor value with a corresponding timestamp. High-resolution device data can yield an immense volume of timestamp/value pairs. For example, if we store minutely data for a single sensor (we call a sensor a “point”) we end up with 525,600 samples per year. 100,000 points with two years of minute data result in 105 billion samples! Although that isn't actually an extremely large system for SkySpark, a traditional database with 100 billion rows would be considered a really big database. In order to provide high-speed processing of data and a responsive user interface for viewing and analyzing data, efficient storage, and processing of these volumes of data is a top priority for any IoT software platform and an area where SkySpark excels:
almost any data type, equipment system, and applications – just add your domain knowledge to SkySpark’s library of over 500 analytic and data transformation functions.
SkySpark gives you the flexibility to deploy solutions that fit your customer’s needs and your business model – whether that is Software as a Service, on-premise deployment, or embedded products.
consultants involved in commissioning, energy analysis, monitoring, and verification.