Hitachi Communication Technologies America, Inc. and Tendril Partner to Deliver Smart Energy Applications

  Hitachi Communication Technologies America, Inc. and Tendril Partner to
  Deliver Smart Energy Applications

 Companies will present combined solutions at DistribuTECH 2013 in San Diego

DistribuTECH 2013 booth #2931

Business Wire

NORCROSS, Ga. & BOULDER, Colo. -- January 22, 2013

Hitachi Communication Technologies America, Inc. (Hitachi CTA) and Tendril^®
today announced that the companies are partnering to deliver a wide range of
smart energy applications to consumers via an array of set-top boxes, wireless
gateways and other devices that are already in the home. This dramatically
improves the economics of home energy management by providing an economical
and operational alternative to special-purpose gateways and other specialized
hardware for each application used by the subscriber.

Through the Hitachi/Tendril relationship, the Tendril Energize™ suite of web
and mobile home energy management applications will now be available via the
Hitachi SuperJ^® Applications Ecosystem, an open, Java-based platform
compliant with OSGi^TM specifications. Telecom, cable, mobile and other
service providers who already have gateways and set-tops in the home will be
able to quickly and easily add Tendril Energize energy monitoring, management
and device control to their repertoire of smart home applications and
services. Energy providers will be able to meet their energy efficiency and
demand response/load control goals via branded, mutually beneficial
relationships with these service providers and multiple gateway suppliers.

The combination of Tendril’s energy consumer engagement applications and
Hitachi’s SuperJ applications ecosystem ensures that consumers have expanded
and ready access to the latest, most valuable applications for home energy
management, and provides energy, telecom and cable service providers with an
open, cloud-based platform that supports ease of deployment and lifecycle
maintenance. Hitachi and Tendril have already validated the operation of the
Tendril application running on SuperJ-enabled gateways from several major
suppliers of service provider gateways.

“Hitachi is excited to partner with Tendril, the leader in delivering consumer
engagement energy management applications and services,” said David Foote,
Hitachi CTA chief technology officer. “We believe that as increasing attention
is given to energy use, including energy conservation and the development of
renewable energy sources, the ability of consumers to be aware of and control
their energy usage will become critical.”

“For energy providers, which comprise most of Tendril’s customer base, the
ability to engage customers in energy management programs via SuperJ-enabled
gateways that are already in the home is an important new competitive
advantage,” said Tendril CEO Adrian Tuck. “It provides an easy and innovative
way to improve energy management and customer satisfaction without the cost of
special-purpose gateways and other hardware devices.”

Tendril and Hitachi will present a series of educational discussion forums
about energy management via ubiquitous home gateways at the upcoming
DistribuTECH conference in San Diego on January 29, 30 and 31. The discussions
will take place in Tendril’s booth #2931.

About Tendril

Tendril is changing the way the world uses energy with its groundbreaking
consumer engagement applications and services. Energy providers, product
manufacturers, and consumer channel partners use Tendril’s solutions to foster
deeper consumer relationships, differentiate their products, achieve business
objectives and drive increased value over the lifetime of the consumer. The
company’s flagship application suite, Tendril Energize delivers the insight,
choice and control utilities and consumers need to meet their energy
management goals. All of its solutions are built on Tendril Connect™, a
software platform that integrates an ecosystem of product and service
providers, enabling them to engage consumers and seamlessly engage, extend and
evolve their offerings. Tendril works with more than 35 energy providers as
well as product and service providers and has implemented more than 50 smart
energy projects around the world. In 2012, the company opened its platform to
developers to support the creation of an open application marketplace. It now
has more than 500 developers registered in the program. Tendril is
headquartered in Boulder, Colo. It is venture backed by VantagePoint Capital
Partners, Siemens Venture Capital (SVC), Good Energies, RRE Ventures and GE.
For more information, visit www.tendrilinc.com.

About the Hitachi SuperJ Applications Ecosystem

The Hitachi SuperJ^® Applications Ecosystem, developed in collaboration with
Hitachi Solutions, Ltd., is a software platform that allows embedded systems
developers, applications developers, equipment manufacturers, service
providers and a wide array of related constituencies to develop, deploy,
optimize and manage services and applications in a dynamic cloud-to-user
environment based on Java and the OSGi service platform. SuperJ provides
enhancements that promote maximum operational efficiency and lifecycle
management, along with a software development kit (SDK) and other tools that
prepare the target software for deployment on servers, embedded systems, home
gateways, and M2M devices used in multiple industries.

About Hitachi Communication Technologies America, Inc.

Hitachi Communication Technologies America, Inc., a subsidiary of Hitachi,
Ltd., develops, manufactures and markets solutions for communications service
providers and enterprises in the Americas. The company offers high-speed
optical networking equipment for long haul, metro and data center
applications, software platforms for subscriber “connected home” and
“machine-to-machine” (M2M) applications deployment and management, and
products and technologies for wireless network operators, including 4G evolved
packet core and small cell solutions. For more information about Hitachi
Communication Technologies America, please visit www.hitachi-cta.com.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd., (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global
electronics company with approximately 320,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal
2011 (ended March 31, 2012) consolidated revenues totaled 9,665 billion yen
($117.8 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation
Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power
systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and
urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that
support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's
website at http://www.hitachi.com.

Tendril is a registered trademark of Tendril, Inc. SuperJ is a registered
trademark of Hitachi Solutions, Ltd. Oracle and Java are registered trademarks
of Oracle and/or its affiliates. OSGi is a trademark or a registered trademark
of the OSGi Alliance in the U.S., other countries or both. All other
trademarks or trade names are property of the respective holders.

Contact:

Hitachi Communication Technologies America, Inc.
Pete Westafer, 678-777-3532
pete.westafer@hitachi-cta.com
or
Tendril
Ginger Juhl, 720-921-2348
gjuhl@tendrilinc.com
 
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