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People Power Introduces Artificial Intelligence-Powered Location Detection Microservice Solving Geofencing Limitations for Smart Home Services

Home Occupancy Status Microservice determines home, away, vacation and sleep modes of occupants for innovative security, energy and senior care services

PALO ALTO, Calif., July 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Adding to the company’s growing lineup of Artificial Intelligence-powered (AI) microservices for the smart home, People Power, the Internet of Things (IoT) software company providing white-label solutions for home security, energy and senior care service, today announces its new Home Occupancy Status Microservice.

Providing a remedy for poorly performing GPS-based geofencing solutions that require people to carry their phones with them, the new microservice intelligently detects and understands occupancy conditions of a home based on motion patterns derived from activity sensors. Complex occupancy status decisions are made quickly and accurately from sensor data through a combination of patent pending machine learning algorithms, designed to determine the four essential occupancy states of home, away, vacation and sleep along with the transitions between those states. Highly complex algorithms extract several dozen dimensions of occupancy factors in the home from thousands of data points, including the day, time, door activity, motion activity, energy and water use, supporting geofencing data and more.

The Home Occupancy Status Microservice is also capable of knowing when people are asleep to deliver advanced automation, senior care and wellness solutions from understanding a person’s natural sleep patterns. Able to put a home to sleep or wake it up gently to better prepare residents for the day, improvements to a person’s circadian rhythm are possible through sleep predictions to intelligently adjust home temperature and lighting conditions appropriate for the time of day, the day itself, and even the season. Senior care solutions become more intelligent and supportive by understanding away, at home, asleep or awake states of older adults. With its ability to integrate hundreds of wirelessly connected smart home devices from manufacturers including Bosch, Philips, Centralite, Linkhigh International, and others, the new microservice becomes a vital component to People Power’s white label consumer offerings.

“A fundamental technical blocker for the next generation smart home is the phone-based geofencing solutions of today, which sadly cannot keep pace with customer needs,” said David Moss, CTO of People Power. “With our new AI-powered microservice, residents can now enjoy the convenience of having their smart homes automatically switch occupancy modes for greater levels of convenience, ease of use and dependability.”

People Power’s Home Occupancy Status Microservice benefits include:

  • Geofencing without dependence on a smartphone
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) determines occupancy automatically
  • Solves geofencing problems for multi-tenant occupancy
  • Revolutionary development of sleep mode detection
  • The easiest to use geofencing solution anywhere
  • Occupancy modes identified with a minimum of 2 sensors
  • New services are possible for security, energy and senior care

People Power Chief Technology Officer, David Moss, will speak about the new AI-powered smart home microservice at the 3rd IoT Global Innovation Forum, July 10-11 at the World Trade Center in Portland, Oregon. The event will feature speakers from McAfee, Johnson Controls, BlackBerry, People Power and others.

For more information on People Power, please visit https://www.peoplepowerco.com

About People Power
An award-winning IoT software company specializing in the development of consumer smart home solutions delivered through service provider brands, People Power leads the industry in white-label IoT services with patented AI technology for recurring revenues in energy, security and care markets. People Power introduces true intelligence into the home, enabling service providers to rapidly offer differentiated services to address growing consumer market opportunities.

People Power Awarded $4.5M Grant from National Institute on Aging for Caregiver Study with UC Berkeley

NIA grant for development of IoT solutions for in-home care awarded to People Power

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — People Power, Internet of Things (IoT) software company providing white-label IoT solutions for energy, security and care services, announces today it has received first year funding of a research grant expected to total $4.5 million over three years from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) focused on in-home supportive solutions for dementia caregivers. The results of the collaborative research with University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) will produce critical information about how connected in-home services can best administer assistance and peace of mind to caregivers actively involved in providing care for a family member with dementia. Additionally, these findings will improve quality of life to help aging adults live more independently.

The grant is funded through the National Institute on Aging whose mission is to improve the health and wellness of older Americans through biomedical, social and behavioral research focused on aging processes and age-related diseases.

People Power, an industry leader in the development and delivery of smart home solutions with artificial intelligence-based (AI) microservices for the energy and security industries, will leverage the company’s technical and human interface expertise to develop commercial care solutions based on collaborative research with UC Berkeley’s Professor Dr. Robert W. Levenson, a 2018 inductee into the American Academy of Arts and Science. A recognized expert in the fields of emotional functioning and neurodegenerative diseases, Dr. Levenson will utilize state-of-the-art research methodologies to assess emotional functioning in persons with dementia and their caregivers and to evaluate the effects of People Power’s connected in-home services at the Berkeley Psychophysiology Laboratory, one of the world’s leading research laboratories for the study of human aging.

“We can help people care for their loved ones using smart home services that reduce stress, anxiety and loneliness,” said Gene Wang, CEO of People Power. “Receiving this grant and our collaboration with Professor Levenson at UC Berkeley is the first step in providing desperately needed support for caregivers through carefully designed connected services.”

To address a large and expanding global market opportunity, the goal of the initiative is the development of an affordable commercial service to increase safety and quality of life for both caregivers and persons with dementia. Building upon the foundation of People Power’s low cost, easy-to-install intelligent home security solutions, the customized service will target the critical needs of family caregivers including personal safety, health, daily activity monitoring and social integration.

“Caregiving for persons with dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases can be extremely stressful, and many caregivers experience marked declines in mental and physical health,” said Dr. Robert W. Levenson, Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley. “Our participation in this collaborative research with People Power will address the profound intertwining of the lives and well-being of caregivers and persons with dementia as they engage in one of life’s most challenging and intimate relationships.”

This Small Business Innovation Research Project has been wholly funded by National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health under award number R44AG059458.

For more information on People Power, visit https://www.peoplepowerco.com
For more information on the Berkeley Psychophysiology laboratory, visit: https://bpl.berkeley.edu/index.html

About People Power
An award-winning IoT software company specializing in the development of consumer smart home solutions delivered through service provider brands, People Power leads the industry in white-label IoT services with patented AI technology for recurring revenues in energy, security and care markets. People Power introduces true intelligence into the home, enabling service providers to rapidly offer differentiated services to address growing consumer market opportunities.

People Power Achieves GDPR Compliance, Names Data Protection Officer

Leading IoT software provider achieves European Union data privacy requirement and appoints veteran Chief Scientist John Teeter as Data Protection Officer

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — People Power, the Internet of Things (IoT) software company providing white-label solutions for home, security, energy and care, announces compliance with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), adding to the company’s longstanding commitment to consumer data privacy for IoT solutions. To help oversee GDPR compliance and the company’s data protection strategy, People Power names Chief Scientist, John Teeter, as the company’s Data Protection Officer (DPO).

Enabling privacy for all individuals within the EU, GDPR addresses the export and management of personal data beyond member state boundaries, giving control to citizens and residents over their personal data and simplifying the regulatory environment for international business. Incorporating the privacy by design approach, People Power has enabled auditing and compliance controls to administer GDPR-compliant data processing for business partners delivering the company’s white-label IoT solutions to their customers.

“For smart homes to become truly intelligent, user data collection and analysis is a necessity. That doesn’t mean a privacy tradeoff should exist,” said Gene Wang, CEO of People Power. “To the contrary, smart home data demands more protection than ever before. Unlike companies that sell user data for advertising or research purposes, we never will. It’s a person’s home, so it’s their data. With GDPR compliance, our connected home services allow users complete control of their own data.”

The company also announces the appointment of John Teeter as its Data Protection Officer, following his position as Presidential Innovation Fellow at the White House, where he participated in both My Data and Open Data initiatives within the Executive Branch of the Federal Government, along with driving innovation at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the General Services Administration (GSA). In addition to his responsibilities as People Power’s DPO, Teeter remains the company’s Chief Scientist.

For more information on People Power, please visit https://www.peoplepowerco.com.

About People Power
An award-winning IoT software company specializing in the development of consumer smart home solutions delivered through service provider brands, People Power leads the industry in white-label IoT services with patented AI technology for recurring revenues in energy, security and care. People Power introduces true intelligence into the home, enabling service providers to rapidly offer differentiated services to address emerging consumer market opportunities.

People Power CEO Speaks at Senior Care Event at Silicon Valley History Museum

Company believes addressing the role of caregivers ultimately improves patient care

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — People Power, the Internet of Things (IoT) software company providing white-label solutions for home security, energy and care, today announces that the Company’s CEO and Co-founder, Gene Wang, will present People Power’s vision for senior care and care provider solutions aimed at transforming the eldercare industry at the second annual Avenidas Generations Tech Conference “Seniors Shaping Technology” at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA, on June 14, 2018.

A leader in white-label IoT smart home solutions, Wang will share People Power’s vision of the essential considerations behind designing, deploying and managing eldercare solutions for broad global market adoption. The event is organized by Avenidas Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Palo Alto, CA, and sponsored by global brands including Procter and Gamble and People Power Company.

“The large and expanding number of people in need of eldercare is a public health concern. To improve patients’ lives, we must also consider the needs of caregivers,” said Gene Wang, CEO of People Power. “Caregiving is stressful. Understanding and solving this critical concern will improve the quality of care. People Power is keenly focused on leveraging our smart home expertise to design and deliver solutions that address this critical healthcare issue.”

The People Power IoT system enables rapid connection, engagement, delivery, management and IoT data collection and analytic services for business partners who understand the opportunity of delivering connected lifestyle improvements to their customers.

For more information on People Power, please visit https://www.peoplepowerco.com.

About People Power
An award-winning IoT software company specializing in the development of consumer smart home solutions delivered through service provider brands, People Power leads the industry in white-label IoT services with patented AI technology for recurring revenues in energy, security and care markets. People Power introduces true intelligence into the home, enabling service providers to rapidly offer differentiated services to address emerging consumer market opportunities.

People Power Develops White-Label IoT Solutions for Insurance Providers

Company accelerates development of smart home services for growing insurance segment

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — People Power, the Internet of Things (IoT) software company providing white-label solutions for home security, energy and care, today announces an accelerated development initiative to refine the company’s leading IoT solutions for the insurance industry. Bolstered by a growing clientele of top-tier international service providers, the company’s IoT lab is remastering its advanced connected home technology to address the unique needs of insurance providers and their customers.

Insurance-centric IoT solutions include an array of wirelessly connected devices and machine learning microservices that detect potentially costly residential and commercial occurrences of theft, unwanted intrusion, fluid leaks, frozen water pipes, mold and mildew formation, appliance performance and safety concerns, and more. People Power is able to deliver integrated mobile experiences with certified Amazon and Google voice services through any insurance provider’s brand to reduce claims by sending intelligent early-warning mobile alerts directly to consumers.

Essential to every IoT initiative, People Power makes available the Maestro command center for insurance providers to deliver IoT device management and services across a large user base. A tool to enroll users, support their needs, issue challenges and offer rewards to keep them engaged, Maestro’s role-based access allows administrators to manage users under their own organization. Additionally, super administrators have the ability to deploy the capabilities of Maestro to multiple organizations, granting each access to their own installation. The web-based command center is able to manage customers and devices, deliver alerts and updates, view IoT device performance and communicate directly with smartphone users.

“As consumers become more familiar with connected home solutions through a mobile app and the rapid adoption of voice assistance, the timing is perfect for insurance providers to deliver services critical to their business growth,” said Gene Wang, CEO of People Power. “Given our expertise in delivering smart home solutions welcomed in the home by users across the globe, we are uniquely positioned to help them grow their brand through differentiating services that increase customer trust and connectedness.”

Critical to IoT program success, insurance providers also have access to the People Power Data Cube, a real-time cloud based data service that enables analytics, what-if scenario planning and limitless report creation. Scalable to millions of users and compatible with popular data visualization tools and CRMs, business performance management of IoT programs is convenient and affordable with Data Cube. Helping insurance providers in the creation of machine learning models for greater system intelligence, Data Cube can be injected into IoT programs to optimize service performance.

The People Power IoT system enables rapid connection, engagement, delivery, management and IoT data collection and analytic services for forward-thinking business partners who understand the opportunity of delivering connected lifestyle improvements to their customers.

For more information on People Power, please visit https://www.peoplepowerco.com.

About People Power
An award-winning IoT software company specializing in the development of consumer smart home solutions delivered through service provider brands, People Power leads the industry in white-label IoT services with patented AI technology for recurring revenues in energy, security and care. People Power introduces true intelligence into the home, enabling service providers to rapidly offer differentiated services to address emerging consumer market opportunities.

People Power Introduces World’s First Artificial Intelligence-Based Microservice for HVAC Fault Detection

Microservice delivers notifications to residents, property managers, repair professionals and energy providers about HVAC performance problems

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Adding to the company’s lineup of Artificial Intelligence-based (AI) microservices for the energy industry, People Power, the Internet of Things (IoT) software company providing white-label solutions for home security, energy and care service, today announces its new HVAC Fault Detection Microservice.

Designed to alert residents to performance and mechanical problems in their heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, the microservice detects inefficiencies around the clock before repairs become potentially costly. Available to consumers as a low-cost microservice through energy providers’ smart home offerings, the system warns if target temperatures for heating or cooling are not achieved within a learned period of time.

Working with a range of connected thermostats, including Honeywell Lyric, ecobee, Centralite Pearl, Sensibo Sky, ZEN thermostats, RCS thermostats and Radio Thermostat of America, the microservice notifies residents, property managers, repair professionals and energy providers of observed HVAC performance issues. It works with any connected thermostat and outdoor weather data to understand heating or cooling performance troubles that typically go unnoticed.

“The key to reducing costly HVAC repairs comes from knowing when those systems are performing inefficiently. Something as simple as low refrigerant levels in an AC system can lead to repairs or replacements costing several thousand dollars – not to mention the wasted electricity,” said David Moss, CTO of People Power. “This monthly subscription microservice can potentially save consumers big money on repair and energy costs, while functioning quietly in the background of their lives with 24-hour protection.”

People Power’s HVAC Fault Detection Microservice benefits:

  • Knows when HVAC has not reached thermal targets within learned time period
  • Sends in-app notifications and email alerts of problematic performance issues
  • Notifies customer support or repair services during warranty coverage period
  • Integrates with professional monitoring call centers for value-added services
  • Reminds users of manufacturer recommended service and filter replacements
  • Compatible with a wide range of connected thermostats
  • Works with a variety of other People Power energy microservices

The patent pending HVAC Fault Detection Microservice adds to People Power’s lineup of energy-centric offerings that incorporate industry-leading artificial intelligence (AI) for energy providers through the company’s white-label smart home services.

For more information on People Power, please visit https://www.peoplepowerco.com.

About People Power
An award-winning IoT software company specializing in helping service providers deliver differentiated connected home offerings through their brands, People Power leads the industry in white-label IoT services with patented AI technology for recurring revenues in energy, security and care. People Power introduces true intelligence into the connected home, enabling service providers to rapidly offer unique services to address emerging market opportunities.

New Behavioral Demand Response Service Drives Consumer Engagements for Retail Energy Providers

Built with research from Stanford University ChangeLabs and People Power’s behavioral science experts

SAN FRANCISCO and HOUSTON, April 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — People Power, Internet of Things (IoT) software company providing white-label IoT solutions for energy, security and care services, announces the company’s newest energy-centric service designed to achieve significantly improved consumer participation in Behavioral Demand Response (BDR) initiatives, People Power BDR 2.0. Built on research and field-testing in collaboration with Stanford University ChangeLabs, the new service is comprised of microservices, adding to the library of AI-based energy-centric microservices announced recently with People Power Pro Energy 2.0.

Sustainable transformation in energy efficiency is possible when solutions simultaneously leverage shifts on both the demand and the supply sides of the equation. Catalyzing realistic ways of shifting behaviors through choices and options based on behavioral science principles – but which are sensitive in meshing with people’s identities, sensibilities and their daily lives – are key to changing the energy landscape,” said Prof. Banny Banerjee, Director and Founder of Stanford ChangeLabs. “People Power’s BDR 2.0 service is based on collaborative learnings from our energy-centric behavior science experts to address a global concern – more efficient energy consumption of individuals and groups.”

The new service enables energy savings contests and transforms successes into points, rewarding those who conserve while motivating others who could perform better. Featuring microservices that incorporate the company’s leading smart home behavioral research, People Power BDR 2.0 is designed to keep participants engaged and responsive to energy efficiency efforts in their connected homes. Contest results are delivered through conversational user experiences within the app and email. Developed for white-label deployment and available today, People Power BDR 2.0 includes the following microservices that combine to make energy efficiency initiatives more engaging and successful:

  • Time-of-Use Notification Microservice
    Able to collect retail energy Time-of-Use (TOU) schedules, it provides SMS texts and in-app notification of pricing changes to consumers in real time. This AI-enabled microservice can also announce pricing level shifts in advance. Deployable to individuals and groups, it can understand real time home occupancy through sensor data, providing optimal reactions to TOU events regardless if consumers are home or away.
  • Savings Goal Challenge Microservice
    Designed to give energy consumers the ability to set personal energy savings goals, this microservice keeps users engaged in the process of energy efficiency through challenges, surveys and points rewards. Customers can set a monthly percentage goal of energy savings they would like to achieve.
  • Maximum Energy Savings Microservice
    Assisting customers in achieving significant energy savings, this microservice measures whole home energy consumption by kWh for targeted energy efficiency contests. When combined with other energy-centric microservices, automated efficiency programs can be administered to intelligently guide energy consumption to specific kWh goals.
  • Group Energy Savings Microservice
    Making possible a way for conservation co-ops and retail energy providers to unite and organize people with common efficiency goals, this microservice enables improved behavioral energy decisions at a group or community scale for maximum savings. Promoting energy conservation best practices for groups, this microservice transforms energy conservation into points rewards.
  • Recruitment Microservice
    Recruiting friends, family and colleagues to join energy efficiency initiatives is made easy with this microservice. It is designed to assist organizations in recruiting their own members into energy savings programs. Points are awarded based on the number of subscribers signed up. Perfect for larger organizations or non-profits, recruitment efforts are recognized and rewarded.
  • Report Card Microservice
    Providing a system where user-defined energy pledges transform into weekly activity report cards that recognize consumer participation through the distribution of rewards, this microservice has the ability to distribute a customized weekly report detailing individual pledges, points, awards and progress towards successful program completion.

For more information on People Power BDR 2.0, please visit https://www.peoplepowerco.com

About People Power
An award-winning IoT software company specializing in helping service providers deliver differentiated connected home offerings through their brands, People Power leads the industry in white-label IoT services with patented AI technology for recurring revenues in energy, security and care. People Power introduces true intelligence into the connected home, enabling service providers to rapidly offer unique microservices to address emerging market opportunities. The People Power IoT Suite enables rapid device and program connection, engagement, delivery and management from concept through commercial release. Learn more at https://www.peoplepowerco.com

People Power Announces Pro Energy 2.0 to Enable Energy Provider Delivery of Intelligent Consumer Smart Home Initiatives

The most advanced AI-enabled energy management solution for scalable market deployments to maximize energy savings, comfort and convenience for consumers

SAN FRANCISCO and HOUSTON, Feb. 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Internet of Things (IoT) software company providing white-label solutions for home security, energy and care services, People Power announces today the company’s Pro Energy 2.0 offering designed to help energy service providers deliver greatly improved demand response (DR) initiatives, energy-centric connected home solutions, and the management of large scale consumer IoT deployments.

Leading the industry in AI development for IoT, People Power has created patent pending, energy-centric services for the smart home that meet the needs of both energy providers and consumers. Each new service is configured with AI-enabled microservices to deliver modular functionality for optimal intelligence and performance. By learning key activities and patterns in the home, configurations of microservices help any service understand when to optimize energy consumption to maximize comfort, convenience and energy savings. A new service can be purchased and added dynamically into a customer’s smart home account. Energy service providers benefit from the flexibility to quickly and easily create microservices that continuously innovate and differentiate.

People Power Pro Energy 2.0 enables sophisticated DR services with customizable microservices to address consumer opportunities at scale. Able to deliver intelligence to an array of devices for targeted energy programs with thermostats, lighting, load controllers, plugs, switches and more, Pro Energy 2.0 makes energy efficiency and IoT initiatives easily managed with People Power’s improved command center, Maestro 2.0. Maestro expands in functionality to enable simple control of AI-based consumer services at the admin level. In addition to the rich feature set of the previous version, Maestro 2.0 also includes a new Demand Response Management System (DRMS). With simplified user engagements in mind, Pro Energy 2.0 delivers new mobile customer dialogue functionality with intelligent SMS conversations for increased program ease-of-use.

Pro Energy 2.0 incorporates three new services important to energy service providers and their customers:

  • Enterprise Program Management Service is responsible for orchestrating multiple synchronized DR events and time-of-use pricing schedules across an aggregated user base. The service acts as a VEN/VTN and understands negotiations in individual households to load-shift energy around a community to broadly balance comfort and energy savings.
  • DR Home Management Service is responsible for implementing DR activities in the individual home and acts as a VEN. It manages all energy assets in the residence, learns comfort preferences, communicates with occupants and negotiates with the utility service for optimal comfort.
  • Enterprise Weather Management Service connects to weather conditions and forecast data to determine when to trigger manual DR events as a VTN. It connects directly to the Maestro command center, allowing administrators to define geocode, temperature, humidity and heat index thresholds that trigger DR events.

An industry first, People Power Pro Energy 2.0 makes available to energy providers a growing lineup of AI-based, energy-centric microservices that deliver modular features for improved energy efficiency and home automation:

  • Leaky Home Microservice intelligently identifies residences that fail to retain desired heating and cooling efficiency and are most likely to benefit from energy audits – addressing an important concern for both energy providers and consumers.
  • Home Lighting Microservice tracks the time of sunset and sunrise, and the user’s utility time-of-use rates to intelligently dim or brighten home lighting. Add a motion sensor and home lighting can be switched off after learned periods of inactivity. Working in the background to deter burglary, this microservice can learn the resident’s movement patterns and automatically mimic them while occupants are away from home.

Also announced with Pro Energy 2.0, People Power introduces Data Cube, a real-time cloud based data service that enables analytics, what-if scenario planning and limitless report creation. With Data Cube, service providers enjoy full access to end-user, opted-in data to assist knowledge discovery not for just a couple of weeks, but forever. Helping service providers and their partners in the creation of machine learning models for greater system intelligence, Data Cube can be injected into IoT programs to improve behaviors of digital microservices.

About People Power
An award-winning IoT software company specializing in helping service providers deliver differentiated connected home solutions through their brands, People Power leads the industry in white-label IoT services with patented AI technology for recurring revenues in energy, security and care. People Power introduces machine learning and true intelligence into the connected home, enabling service providers to rapidly offer unique microservices to address emerging market opportunities. The People Power IoT Suite enables rapid device and program connection, engagement, delivery and simple management from concept through commercial release. Learn more at https://www.peoplepowerco.com

People Power Brings New Smart Home Service to Australian Consumers With Innovative Energy Retailer, Origin Energy

Home HQ represents first foray into the smart home market by an Australian energy retailer

PALO ALTO, CA–(Marketwired – Nov 20, 2017) – Internet of Things (IoT) software company providing bot-enabled artificial intelligence (AI) for energy, security and care solutions, People Power announces today commercial availability of Home HQ from Origin Energy (ASX: ORG), a smart home service for Australian consumers made possible with People Power’s suite of IoT services.

Offered by Origin Energy initially to residents of the state of Victoria, which has a population of nearly 6 million, Home HQ is a simple and affordable connected home solution that allows customers to remotely monitor and control appliances with a mobile app and a range of smart sensors and plugs connected within their homes. Priced at AU$199, the Home HQ Starter Kit includes a gateway, temperature and humidity sensor, smart plug, smart light bulb, a motion sensor and two entry sensors.

Preliminary trials of Home HQ succeeded in providing users peace of mind and control of their homes, encouraging broader market deployment. Home HQ was developed in partnership with People Power and Origin’s recently launched O hub, a Melbourne-based innovation center dedicated to rapid prototyping, trialling and commercialization of new solutions for Origin’s more than 4 million customers. Origin will announce details of product availability in other states and territories in 2018.

“Delivering smart home solutions with a truly innovative partner like Origin — who shares our commitment to develop new services that deliver comfort and control in the home — is inspiring,” said Gene Wang, CEO and co-founder of People Power. “Home HQ combines the attractiveness of a low cost, easy to install and use smart home service paired with a well-positioned consumer brand to bring peace of mind to the people of Australia.”

In May 2017, Origin announced a US$1.2 million investment in People Power that strengthens the partnership between the two companies. People Power was recently named a Cool Vendor in Gartner’s annual “Cool Vendors in Connected Home, 2017” report. People Power’s platform introduces machine learning and true intelligence into the connected home, enabling service providers to offer unique micro services to consumers while shifting revenue models from hardware device sales to recurring service revenues.

“Origin is actively planning for a cleaner and smarter energy future where customers are more empowered and have greater transparency and control over their energy use. Our investment in People Power is part of our strategy to develop digital led solutions for our customers that are simple, personalized and effortless,” said Tony Lucas, Executive General Manager, Future Energy & Business Development, Origin. “This collaboration with People Power has been critical in allowing us to rapidly prototype and trial a connected smart home solution and apply what we learnt into the product we are now launching for sale.”

Home HQ’s geo-location technology allows users to set rules for their connected appliances based on whether or not they are home, and sets their smart lights to come on if they are not home by a certain time. The smart plugs allow customers to remotely control electrical appliances via their mobile phone and do things like check if they left an appliance on, or schedule a fan to switch on if it’s a hot day. Entry sensors and motion detectors can be used to monitor when kids get home from school, or can be set up in an elderly relative’s home to provide an alert if no motion is detected by a set time in a nominated room.

About People Power
Founded in 2009, People Power Company is an award-winning software company focused on delivering white-label IoT solutions to consumers around the world. With patented industry-leading Artificial Intelligence technology, the company helps drive recurring revenues in security, energy and care services. The People Power IoT Suite enables rapid IoT device and program connection, engagement, delivery and management, from concept through commercial release. More information at www.peoplepowerco.com.

About Origin
Origin is an Australian integrated energy solutions provider with leading positions across energy retailing, power generation and natural gas production. Origin is scaling up its capabilities in digital, data and analytics to create more innovative and differentiated energy solutions for its millions of customers. More information at www.originenergy.com.au.

People Power Named a Cool Vendor in Gartner 2017 Connected Home Report

The company is recognized for its innovation and impact in the smart home

PALO ALTO, CA–(Marketwired – Jun 27, 2017) – Internet of Things (IoT) software company providing bot-enabled artificial intelligence (AI) for home security, energy and care solutions, People Power has been named as a Cool Vendor in Gartner’s annual “Cool Vendors in Connected Home, 2017” report. People Power’s platform introduces machine learning and true intelligence into the connected home, enabling service providers to offer unique microservices to consumers while shifting revenue models from hardware device sales to recurring services revenues.

The connected home industry is struggling to deliver intelligence to IoT devices and ultimately live up to its global market potential. The white-label ready People Power Pro Security service includes a bot platform that enables service providers to deliver AI and machine learning bot technology for core IoT services. Bots listen to and make sense of real-time data streams flowing from a user’s life to generate targeted, intelligent and sometimes unscripted outcomes that matter. Beyond delivering core subscription services for end-users, bots also communicate proactively with customer support on behalf of the end user to identify hardware issues and flag customers who require attention.

The People Power Pro Security service includes a cloud computing environment called Bot Server that executes bots against real-time IoT data streams, and an environment for developers to construct bots and add new services to existing devices called Bot Lab. People Power’s Bot Lab technology is available for developers to explore on GitHub.

“The biggest opportunity for service providers in the connected home space today is to produce a meaningful set of core services that simplify user interfaces, minimize human interaction and increase the monetization of subscription services,” said David Moss, ‎President and CTO of People Power. “Similar to digital assistants that learn about users and their surroundings, bots enable services and experiences that were never possible in previous eras of computing. We are proud of being recognized as a Cool Vendor by Gartner for our cutting-edge bot platform, and realize these bots only represent the beginning of a shift from the clumsy smart homes of yesterday to the intelligent homes of tomorrow.”

Gartner’s Cool Vendor reports identify technology vendors that have strong market vision and offer unique and innovative products and services that have genuine market impact. Connected home vendors focus on design, intelligence and ease of use of devices — and must not sacrifice usability.

About People Power
Founded in 2009, People Power Company is an award-winning software company with unique expertise and success in creating mobile and cloud technology. The People Power IoT Suite enables rapid IoT device and program connection, engagement, delivery and management for digital service providers, telecoms and manufacturers. Bringing Artificial Intelligence to IoT for recurring revenues in security, energy and care services, its ready-made cloud and mobile software stacks connect consumers to valued lifestyle experiences. Services from concept through commercial release enabled by People Power are available as white-label solutions for customers around the world. For more information, visit www.peoplepowerco.com.

Gartner, Cool Vendors in the Connected Home, 2017, 12 May 2017

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