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Open source SDK expands energy management apps

Posted: 15 Nov 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:software developers kit? Internet of Things? energy efficiency?

People Power Co. has unveiled its free open source tools that open its Energy Services Platform (ESP) to all developers. The Internet of Things Software Developers Kit enables users to quickly and easily connect any device to support energy management initiatives through its ESP, the company stated.

"We are swiftly moving from a world with five billion connected computers to a future where a hundred billion sensors in the Internet of Things will go places the Internet never dreamed of," noted Gene Wang, CEO of People Power. "People Power is excited to take part in this rapid change that truly leverages the power of the crowd because developers everywhere can more quickly and easily connect their devices to monitor and control their power consumption. We want to spur innovation and empower developers to create better solutions that bring the smart grid to the next level of usability."

Open source designs and implementations can be used as a vehicle to move the smart grid market forward by serving as a point of convergence in a space where ideas evolve quickly. Smart devices can regulate electrical grids, optimize energy use in residential and commercial properties and reduce waste in every appliance and consumer electronics. By providing tools and opening ESP's interfaces to third party developers, People Power expects that the power of the crowd will accelerate the deployment of energy efficiency.

People Power's ESP supports the Electrical Power Research Institute's Common Information Model (CIM) for smart grids. The launch of People Power's open source platform makes it possible for any third party measurement or control device to convey, store and manage their information on the People Power ESP via the CIM. The CIM enables ESP to interpret a range of native energy measurements into a common lexicon that can be shared with end-users, enabling customers to more easily access important energy management information. It also makes it easier for developers to leverage their energy management cloud services and software applications, added the company.

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