ChallengeSchneider Electric develops charging terminals for newly built Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (EVCS). In order to meet the tight timeline required for the project, as well as include the remote monitoring and control necessary to manage charging terminals dispersed through 51 towns and five counties, Schneider Electric turned to Sierra Wireless to assist in quick development of a service and maintenance connected electric charging terminal.
SolutionThe EVCS is a comprehensive hardware and software solution connected by AirVantage Smart Automation, an M2M Platform as a Service (PaaS) that accelerates development and significantly reduces costs associated with deploying and operating M2M industrial control applications. Smart Automation helps machine OEMs and industrial control systems integrators to quickly connect programmable logic controllers (PLC) and sensors to easily develop M2M applications, enabling OEMs to add service revenue to their hardware and enabling Service Providers to augment existing services with M2M solutions and services.
The communication of Schneider Electric’s EVCS is provided by AirVantage Smart Automation and a Sierra Wireless Fastrack FXT programmable gateway, offering secure and reliable cellular connectivity. Using Smart Automation’s remote monitoring and control capabilities, Schneider Electric can manage its dispersed terminals from a central location – troubleshooting problem terminals and maintaining the terminal network without having to send personnel on-site. In addition, Smart Automation provides tools for quick application development, such as a consumer smartphone application that would be used to find a nearby EVCS location and book a terminal in advance, allowing electric vehicle drivers to better prepare for the time required to recharge their vehicles.
The Fastrack FXT programmable modem offers quad-band EDGE connectivity in a rugged form suitable for inclusion in an M2M solution. It allows for integration in a wide range of industrial equipment as an alternative to a full module integration, eliminating the need for full regulatory and network operator certification. Because of the faster time to market, application development tools, remote management and control capabilities and better deployment efficiencies afforded by AirVantage Smart Automation, Schneider Electric will be able to commit to providing a connected electric vehicle charging terminal to the progressive SAVE project and gain a leadership position in the green/alternative energy market.
AirVantage Smart Automation benefits Schneider Electric’s charging terminal by: enabling quick time to market; eliminating application development tasks and reducing development efforts; providing fast provisioning of the web applications; reducing development risk and allowing high scalability; enabling remote management and control of dispersed terminals.
* Case Study courtesy of Sierra Wireless
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