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Green Startup Introduces Open Source Concept to Energy Monitoring

People Power launches Developer’s kit for Home energy conservation solutions

Home Energy monitoring products maker People Power has come out with an open source hardware and software application developer kit called SuRF that lets embedded systems developers build energy saving apps for household electronics and devices on top of its Open Source Home Area Network (OSHAN) platform . OSHAN is an open source platform for wireless home area networks that connects low-power sensors and appliances to an internet access point from anywhere in a home enabling consumers to track energy usage individually. Using the SDK you can build your own wireless devices that interacts with the internet. Because the technology is built on open source and allows in system unit testing, the company says that any developer can see how specific applications will work before they are completed. Advantages like support from the development community and enhanced interoperability between associated devices and makers will further lower development costs and help mitigate typical challenges associated with new product development and launches. According to CEO Gene Wang there are already about 10,000 active developers working with OSHAN.

The Silicon Valley Startup has also announced a developer challenge for the most” compelling SuRF device” by September 15, 2010. The winner will be offered 5,000 shares of People Power stock, $5,000, and a free SuRF board. Find out more at

SuRF costs $149.95 and can be pre-ordered from the company site.

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Lavenya Dilip was responsible for Marketing at Green Rack Systems.