endril, which provides a cloud-based platform for the Energy Internet, has launched a Connect Application Developer website and the Tendril Energy Internet and Smart Home App Contest, with $5,000 worth of prize money. Winners will be announced January 22 at the Cleanweb Hackathon in New York City.
Tendril reports that the new website gives developers “an easy-to-use, intuitive way to build apps that can work with major smart meter systems, and a growing number of third party smart devices for the home; like smart appliances. The apps can also be used across open and proprietary communication protocols, numerous operating systems like Android and iOS, and utility back-office environments.”
More than 100 developers have already signed up to use the Tendril Connect platform to develop applications.
Tendril chief technology officer Kent Dickson says, “We are committed to making it as easy as possible for developers to use our platform to create the killer app for the Smart Grid and the Smart Home and transform the way the world interacts with energy. Our open APIs and our app developer website make it possible to tap into the collective intelligence and creativity of the developer community to deliver on this commitment and give utilities one platform that can talk to a growing list of third-party applications and devices. We believe this will lead to more innovation and eventually, a Smart Grid and Smart Home apps store, bringing utilities, providers of Smart Home devices and applications, and consumers more insight, choice and control over their energy use.”
Later this year Tendril plans to offer developers a smart device application developer kit, providing them with Tendril connected smart devices for use in creating new apps.
Mark Carges, eBay chief technology officer believes Tendril has made developing apps for the Energy Internet easy “and opened the door to innovation in green energy apps. We’ve seen the kinds of innovation that can be unleashed when app developers are provided with the right environment and tools to leverage powerful platforms like eBay’s X.commerce. Tendril is certainly forging the path in the energy industry with the Tendril Connect platform combined with the Tendril Connect Application Developer website.”
Developers interested in participating in the contest should visit http://dev.tendrilinc.com/blog to register and receive more contest information.