PHOTO CAPTION: Young woman plugs electric car into Elektrobay charging stanchion in London, England.

Elektromotive Introduces EBConnect Software

Elektrobay EBConnect software collects transactional data from charging stanchion network.

Published: 03-Sep-2010

Public organisations and private companies investing in electric vehicle (EV) recharging points can now evaluate ongoing usage levels and bill individual users if desired, thanks to pioneering new technology from Elektromotive, the world’s leading manufacturer of charging stations.

EBConnect is a software solution that can be quickly and easily uploaded to all of Elektromotive’s Elektrobay recharging units across the world, ready to provide the data, analysis and reporting that any future ‘pay-for-use’ system might require. The new software gathers all transactional data in near-real time via a secure communications network, and can generate a plethora of reports for analysis and tailored billing.

Elektrobay owners can view information through the dedicated EBConnect web portal, and can grant access to Elektrobay users so they can assess their personal account. The multi-facetted interface of the EBConnect web portal can be used to set up customer email and SMS accounts, maintain user subscriptions and manage the availability of Elektrobay units remotely. Users can monitor their own usage levels and carbon savings and, if required, manage payments for electricity used.

EBConnect also performs ‘heartbeat’ monitoring at each Elektrobay charging point to ensure operational health. Should an appropriate response not be received, an alert will be raised. At this point, a central operator can perform a diagnostic check and resolve it remotely, or arrange for an engineer to be called out. Elektromotive duplicates the data on the EBConnect server for disaster recovery purposes so, in the unlikely event of a hardware failure, the data can be switched over without interruption in service.

“This EBConnect system sets a new standard for the industry, providing charging point owners with unrivalled insight into usage patterns and a future-proof billing solution,” commented Greg Simmons, Technical Director of Elektromotive. “With the availability of so many reports, owners can tailor their own billing strategy.“

Simmons continued, “There is still some discussion about when and how to charge users of recharge points. EBConnect has the flexibility to ensure that, whichever method is chosen, it will deliver the required functionality.”

System reports are set against four key performance indicators: customer usage, energy consumption, unit and cluster availability, and hardware maintenance. Additionally, EBConnect is linked to Elektromotive’s user administration scheme and can check if a user is white-listed (approved) or black-listed (not approved). From this information the system can allow white-listed users to recharge their vehicles, and prevent black-listed users from charging by shutting down the charging point and disabling their tag.

For more information about Elektromotive, or to locate your nearest Elektrobay, please visit www.elektromotive.com.

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