Simply Model
Domain Knowledge
Ontologies provide a common information model
for highly interoperable systems
Enabling Cross-Industry Semantic Interoperability
A key challenge to digital transformation is the ability to enable end-to-end interoperability across different industries, each having its own environments and interdependent use cases. BEAMable systems are coupled to BEAMable ontologies that can be distributed to all subscribers in real-time as concepts evolve - from a top-level cross-industry ontology to domain-specific extensions developed by domain experts and artificial intelligence. Thousands of tables and columns within a legacy ERP system can be simplified into a few hundred ontology classes and attributes.

The Object Model
Classify and Describe

BEAMable ontologies are based on an Object Model that provides a hierarchy of cross-domain classes. Each class represents a general category of like objects with common attributes. Collectively, these classes represent physical objects, information objects, and ontology objects themselves. The Object Model is abstracted away from any object-oriented programming language (e.g., Java).

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The Data Model
Store and Distribute

BEAMable ontologies are stored and distributed as BEAM Events, where each event describes one attribute of one object at a point in time. This time-stamped canonical Data Model incorporates decentralized identifiers for ontology concepts. BEAMable ontologies and BEAM events offer a simplified, machine-optimized alternative to OWL ontologies and RDF statements, while BEAM-RDF converters maintain compatibility.

Aligning Consortia Ontologies
ControlBEAM provides guidance to several industry consortia developing common ontologies, including Object Management Group (OMG), Airport Council International (ACI), and BrickSchema. By aligning concepts and semantic identifiers to a top-level ontology, business and device systems will evolve to enable the highest level of interoperability across all interdependent industries.
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ControlBEAM Helps OMG Develop a Retail Ontology

ControlBEAM is helping the Object Management Group (OMG) develop a retail ontology that aligns with a cross-industry commerce model and provides retail-specific extensions. OMG's Retail Task Force is developing and promoting standardized retail business models and practices that foster a shared understanding of retail business principles, terminology and data between retailers and their suppliers.

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ControlBEAM Collaborates with Airport Consortium to Align Top-Level Ontologies

ControlBEAM is collaborating with Airport Council International (ACI) to align top-level, cross-industry ontology concepts that will extend interoperability to all airport and partner systems impacting the passenger experience, including retail, food service, public transport, and public safety. ACI has over 600 members operating nearly 2,000 airports globally.

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ControlBEAM's Building Ontology Aligns With Consortia Initiatives

ControlBEAM is aligning building ontology concepts with Brick Schema and including semantic identifiers from Project Haystack within the BEAMable Building Ontology. The ASHRAE BACnet committee, Project Haystack and the Brick initiative are actively collaborating to integrate Haystack tagging and Brick data modeling concepts into the new proposed ASHRAE Standard 223P for semantic tagging of building data.

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Class Hierarchies
National Language Support
Alternate Identifiers