What exactly is Project Sandstar?

The world's first  open-source Direct Digital controller (DDC).

The aim of Project Sandstar is to pave the way for a new type of DDC which can use Artificial Intelligence to define hardware components and map Points in Building Automation Systems (BAS).

Project Sandstar has been developed by Anka Labs, as part of their data analytics and Edge Controller offerings for BAS.

Essentially, Sandstar is a new type of DDC engine core, consisting of;

  1. a data engine
  2. the Haystack semantic data model
  3. the Sedona framework

Sandstar makes it easier to define 'any' connected hardware (channels) and map Points.

Benefits of using Sandstar devices;

  • Allows for more input and output (and set point) types to be covered in one DDC
  • Enables hardware to be manufacturer agnostic (no longer locked to one company)
  • It provides a stepping stone to integrating Artificial Intelligence to automatically map data
  • ..and it's all open-source!

Much of the hardware produced in the Smart Buildings industry, can only communicate to the same manufacturer's controllers, and using their native networking protocols. It can make things very expensive - as we all know from using Apple! Project Sandstar breaks those technical barriers and makes everything interoperable, and arguably, much more affordable too. 

Visit the Anka Labs website to find out more, and view the Sandstar training videos.

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