The company was founded in 2004 by an experienced team of technology professionals with a strong background in electronics, communications and IT. Our early efforts were directed towards the home automation market, and developing ZigBee wireless equipment for this purpose. However, it became apparent that home energy management was a much more interesting application for this technology. Our technical team spent several years developing a certified implementation of the ZigBee Smart Energy communications protocol, and has been actively involved in helping write and refine the ZigBee standard itself. Members of the Rainforest Automation team are recognized as leading experts in ZigBee technology. Our first product was released in 2009, and sold to a number of utilities for limited customer trials. Our second generation of products began selling to utilities and directly to consumers in retail stores and online in 2012. In early 2013, we unveiled our gateway platform that opened up connectivity to the internet and enabled a whole class of cloud service providers. Rainforest products are all certified by the ZigBee Alliance. They have been tested with most of the major smart meters, including those made by Itron, Landis+Gyr, Silver Spring Networks, Sensus, and Elster. Our products are now deployed across the U.S. and in Canada and Australia. In addition to utility deployments, there are also thousands of retail customers in Texas and California, firmly establishing Rainforest Automation as an industry leader in energy feedback products.