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People Power Announces SuRF Developer’s Kit for Home Area Networks

People Power Company, an energy efficiency company providing residential monitoring and control systems, today announced the SuRF Developer’s Kit for OSHAN (Open Source Home Area Network) to help developers build smart, environmentally friendly applications for household electronics and devices. The SDK, called SuRF (Sensor Ultra Radio Frequency) lets developers easily build applications on top of the OSHAN platform—the ultimate open source innovation platform for wireless sensor networks.

“What we’re announcing today opens up endless possibilities for both developers and consumers. If you can dream it, you can now build it into your home,” said Gene Wang, founder and CEO of People Power Company.

People Power Company develops devices communicating wirelessly through OSHAN and connects appliances and fixtures to a robust web-based portal so that consumers can track usage for each appliance in real time. The company estimates that by producing just 20 percent energy savings for US households, consumers would save over $32 billion a year and carbon emissions would be reduced by 187 mega tons—equivalent to taking 40 million cars off the road for one year.

“The Smart Grid is ushering in a tidal wave of opportunity for developers to create a new Internet of Smart Devices,” said Gene Wang. “And SuRF provides a perfect platform to build these new communicating devices with more than double the range at half the power.”

SuRF is an open source hardware and software developer’s kit for wireless sensor networking with an open source operating system and network stack based on TinyOS that provides developers with access to a long-range, low-power technology platform and the ability to engage with the diverse OSHAN development community. TinyOS began as a project at UC Berkeley as part of the DARPA NEST program. It has since grown to involve thousands of academic and commercial developers and users worldwide. Because the technology is built on open source, any developer can see how specific applications will work before they are completed versus having to engage with a vendor simply to view specifications. These differentiators help drive down development costs while helping developers overcome many of the challenges and barriers-to-entry typically associated with other vendor solutions.

Key features and benefits of the SuRF Developers Kit include:

  • Longer Range at the Lowest Cost – Simplified development projects with SuRF’s system-on-a-chip design allows for greater range and reliability
  • Ultra-Low Power Consumption – Reduces cost and minimizes the physical footprint of development projects with smaller batteries and longer battery life
  • Open Source – Empowers developers to take control of their projects and encourages interoperability across manufacturers. Lets users engage with the OSHAN development community and a large development network across diverse markets.
  • Embedded Unit Testing – TUnit enables in system unit testing for accelerated development and prototyping while improving quality and reliability of products. All of this reduces time-to-market and drives down costs for creating commercial applications

SuRF Competition, Kit Pricing and availability

SuRF can be pre-ordered starting today at www.peoplepowerco.com and will begin shipping in April, 2010. SuRF costs $149.95 for an individual kit containing two SuRF boards.

People Power is also conducting a competition for any developer who builds the most compelling SuRF device by September 15, 2010. The People Power Technical Advisory Board will select the winner, who will receive 5,000 shares of People Power stock, $5,000, and a free SuRF board. To find out more, or submit your device for consideration, visit http://peoplepowerco.com/contest

About People Power Company

People Power gives people the power to save money on their electric bills while going green. We empower consumers to control energy consumption at the appliance level and compare their usage with others while reducing their carbon footprint. We empower developers to innovate based on our open source philosophy and low cost standards-based technologies. Based in Palo Alto California, People Power Company was founded by successful, serial entrepreneur Gene Wang and has received funding from angel investors and New Cycle Capital. For more information visit www.peoplepowerco.com

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