Smart technologies shaping the future of cities Globalization, demographic change as well as climate change are megatrends that will impact the future of cities. To support this sustainable city development, technologies are fundamental to create efficient buildings, a reliable power grid and capable mobility solutions.
E-mobility as a key driver Electric vehicles are more than a means of transport. Thanks to technical innovations in Smart Grid infrastructure, where the flow of energy in the grid is no longer one directional, electric vehicles’ ability to connect with the grid is fundamental: they can be used both as transportation and as electricity storage devices feeding the electricity back into the grid to cover peak loads. Electric vehicles are also important because cities, to be smart, require new and sustainable transport models, such as electrical car sharing initiatives.
Siemens answer for the e-car infrastructure management Considering the important role of e-mobility inside urban spaces, the infrastructure for electric mobility must satisfy the requirements of the grid, but also the needs of all the people operating in a modern Smart City. Drivers must be sure that they will be able to recharge their vehicles anywhere, and payment for electricity must be uniform across all distribution points. This infrastructure requires management by an
E-car Operation Center, the
brain of e-mobility, which has been developed and
successfully implemented by Siemens.
The Operation Center has three functional modules, one for managing the charging stations, one for managing customers contracts and the last one to manage the recharges in a smart way, according to the power grid status or to the real time price of energy. Moreover, the system is open and interconnected to the rest of the world, thus enabling integration with third Party systems or roaming features through roaming platforms generally available in the market. The users can choose to install the system themselves or to receive a complete service model managed by Siemens (following the Software as a Service, SaaS). Choosing this last option Siemens would take care of hardware or maintenance. Web portal and smartphone applications for end users are also already available: users can see the real time status of charging units, book charging stations, control the recharge details history and the status of their contracts and Rfid cards.
Specific features for different customer segments
The Operation Center manages the charging infrastructure and the grid connecting the charging points and provides semi-processed data to external systems for use in further processes (billing, telematics, etc.). The system addresses: charging infrastructure, end users/drivers and companies involved in electric mobility processes, such as charging contract providers, charging spot providers, operators in the free energy market and electricity distributors. Furthermore, a single system can manage multiple companies and a variety of charging infrastructures, which means that the system is multi-DSO, multi-service provider and multi-energy vendor capable.
Siemens Ecar Operation Center has a “multi-tenancy capability”. In practice, just one system can offer operation center services to multiple clients entering the electric mobility market, thus reducing running and delivery costs and offering specific features for all stakeholders involved in the electromobility world.
Discover some functionalities offered by Siemens Ecar Operation Center to emobility stakeholders
DriversWeb portal and smartphone applications, charging stations booking, real time billing and prepaid model support
Service ProvidersAdditional e-car charging offer for their customers, integration with loyalty cards, enabling of electric car sharing services using a unique platform to manage e-cars and charging stations, roaming services assuring an interoperable recharging infrastructure with others providers
MunicipalitiesWeb portal with reporting and Dashboard of electromobility in their region, unique point of access for infrastructure recharging services, management platform enabling interoperability and unification of electromobility projects data in their area.
Industries/Shopping MallsAdditional offering with charging facilities for their customers.
Public TransportsRoaming services assuring an interoperable recharging infrastructure with others providers
Charging Stations OperatorsProactive management and maintenance of the charging stations, asset Management real time view of the charging infrastructure to be provided to business partners, roaming services assuring an interoperable recharging infrastructure with others Providers.
Car ManufacturersIntegration of the recharging infrastructure services and status with the cars infotainment Solutions.
UtilitiesAdditional revenue from energy usage, additional load that can be managed in a smart way to avoid peaks during congestion hours
Modularity as guiding principle
Siemens offer goes from a single component to a complete turnkey solution. The basis is the e-car Operation Center system, which can be provided in two different ways. The first is the licence package: the customer buys a licence, installs the software on its hardware and makes it run. The second possibility given to the customer is to buy just a service, therefore following the modern SaaS (Software as a service) model: the system is hosted in a Siemens datacenter and managed directly by Siemens.
For more information on your customized emobility solution based on Siemens Ecar Operation Center, please contact us.
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