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Carbon Disclosure Project Employs WCI App; Tendril Seeks Smart Grid Developers

The Carbon Disclosure Project is using WCI Consulting’s Green Analytics content in combination with cloud-based business intelligence software from SAP, to analyze and report on corporate greenhouse gas emissions data.

About 120 companies are now using the combined product, including 59 Global 500 companies. The applications will allow companies to more easily benchmark their energy and carbon footprints compared to industry peers, WCI says.

CDP was looking for a system that could analyze and report its information in a more user-friendly way. Its chief innovation officer Nigel Topping says the software has allowed it to unleash the full power of its data, and has given the organization a flexible, intuitive way to organize and share that information.

In other software development news, Tendril has launched a developer website to jump-start creation of the next big smart grid application.

The company launched the Tendril Connect Application Developer website and the Tendril Energy Internet and Smart Home App Contest, which offers $5,000 worth of prize money. Winners will be announced Jan. 22.

Tendril says this is the first time in the history of the smart grid that developers will have an easy-to-use, intuitive way to build apps that can work with major smart meter systems and third-party smart devices such as 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, Tendril says.

Tendril describes itself as an “energy platform” company, delivering applications that connect energy service providers, third party providers of smart products and services, and consumers, for purposes including demand response and energy efficiency. The company is venture-backed by VantagePoint Capital Partners, Siemens Venture Capital, Good Energies, RRE Ventures and GE.

Its Tendril Connect platform is an open, secure, extensible cloud platform that enables standards-based communications, which the company says can support millions of networked devices, enable remote management capabilities, and support an emerging marketplace of new energy products and services. Several third parties have already begun developing on the Tendril Connect platform, including Whirlpool, which is building an app to support the rollout of smart appliances, and Simple Energy, which uses the Tendril Connect platform to provide an energy efficiency game to San Diego Gas & Electric as part of the Biggest Energy Saver campaign.

The Tendril Connect Developer Program includes not only application developers but device developers and platform-to-platform partners, with large industry players like Siemens Energy playing a part.

More than 100 developers have already signed up to use the Tendril Connect platform to develop applications since Tendril first opened access to key Tendril Connect platform APIs in August 2011. In the coming months, Tendril also plans to offer developers a smart device application developer kit, providing them with Tendril connected smart devices for use in creating new apps.

Tendril chief technology officer Kent Dickson says the program and website should eventually evolve to include a Smart Grid and Smart Home apps store.

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