GainSpan Partners with People Power to Develop Cloud Connectivity Solutions to Advance Energy Initiatives
SAN JOSE, Calif., March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – GainSpan® Corporation, a leader in low power Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi connectivity for the Internet of Things, and People Power Company, a provider of cloud-based energy efficiency services, are partnering to develop a cloud connectivity solution to advance energy initiatives. The solution, targeting residential and business customers, will enable system designers to easily connect Smart Energy devices to the cloud via Wi-Fi. The solution will be showcased at DESIGN West, March 26 – 29, in San Jose, CA, in the Symmetry Electronics booth #2006. Sensors and actuators connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi will be remotely monitored and controlled from a smartphone connected wirelessly to the cloud via 3G.
By leveraging the power of the cloud and the ubiquity of Wi-Fi in residential and commercial environments, the joint solution makes it possible for developers to build connected devices that can capture data such as energy use from multiple sensors/devices and send it to the cloud where it is analyzed and priced using current tariffs. The results of the analysis could then be sent to an internet connected display, such as a PC or mobile phone, in the form of a graphical dashboard, alarms or messages. M2M applications can also be enabled by activating automatic responses, under certain conditions.
The People Power Energy Services Platform (ESP) is a scalable carrier grade cloud using open source, standards based, energy management software. It is device agnostic and transforms complicated real-time information from energy consuming devices and smart grid data into compelling reports. It uses behavioral analytics to provide easy controls that maximize customers’ lifestyle or business demands, anywhere, anytime.
GainSpan’s low power Wi-Fi technology makes it easy to add Wi-Fi connectivity to nearly any device, any microcontroller based “Thing.” With its fully certified modules, designers can add Wi-Fi to 8-32-bit microcontrollers – through a serial interface and using AT commands. The modules use minimal host resources and come pre-loaded with serial to Wi-Fi firmware with complete Wi-Fi functionality including security, WPS and provisioning features running on the module as well as a networking stack, an embedded HTTP server with network configuration pages, and limited AP capability for ease of provisioning.
“Demand for energy efficiency is skyrocketing. Connecting appliances and devices to an intelligent cloud that enables users to schedule and control their energy consumption can lead to substantial savings. The People Power ESP has achieved 14% savings and we look forward to helping GainSpan’s customers achieve these results with their solutions,” said Bill Bien, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, People Power. “Wi-Fi is a key ingredient to enable cloud-connected applications, and GainSpan’s low power Wi-Fi further extends the applicability of Wi-Fi to a wide range of battery operated devices and sensors.”
“People Power has a comprehensive energy management solution that is great for developers. Its carrier grade scalable platform, appealing dashboards, device controls, behavioral analytics and social media integration, will allow developers to quickly introduce compelling products to the market,” said Bernard Aboussouan, Vice President of Marketing, GainSpan.
About People Power Company
People Power Company is a leading provider of cloud-based energy management software and hardware to electronic device manufacturers and IT service providers. The company delivers technology that enables residential and commercial end-users to see, understand and control their energy use. People Power’s open Energy Service Platform (ESP) makes sense of vast and complicated real-time information from energy consuming and generating devices and smart grid data. ESP uses behavioral science to provide insight, choice and easy controls that maximize customers’ lifestyle or business demands, anywhere, anytime. Based in Palo Alto California, People Power has received funding from New Cycle Capital, Greener Capital and other investors. www.peoplepowerco.com.
About GainSpan Corporation
GainSpan is the leading semiconductor solutions company in low power Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi connectivity for the Internet of Things. Its easy-to-use system-on-chip (SoC), modules and software, let customers leverage the large installed base of Wi-Fi access points and smartphones to create connected products for healthcare, smart energy and control/monitoring in industrial, commercial and residential markets. The solutions feature an ultra-low power SoC that consumes a few uA of standby current and goes from standby to active mode in a few ms. www.gainspan.com.
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