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The Role of IoT in Electric Vehicle AC Chargers
Simran Kaur
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Published on 14th Jan 22
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The Role of IoT in Electric Vehicle AC Chargers

“The Internet of Things is not a concept; it is a network, the true technology-enabled Network of all networks.” — Edewede Oriwoh

To the future of zero-emissions

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are the new trend in the automotive industry, and India is no exception. The combination of rising fuel prices and a commitment to sustainable development goals has resulted in a significant push toward EVs.

By 2030, India's EV market is expected to exceed USD 50 billion. After a brief lull in the last months, the adoption of electric vehicles has accelerated. With EVs now being the preferred mode of delivery for e-commerce and passenger transport, the future appears highly optimistic.

It’s time to move forward

There is apprehension and anxiety among buyers, as the electric vehicle industry is still in its infancy. Due to the ubiquity of gas stations, buyers have a choice of product, range, and charge time. Insurance companies and lenders are incapable of identifying and quantifying risks, as well as computing the residual value. Numerous business models are being evaluated and will require time to fully develop.

The Internet of Things (IoT) devices (telematics) play a critical role in removing these complexities by addressing the root cause of the majority of uncertainties through the provision of real-time information.

What is IoT?

The term "Internet of Things," coined in 1999, refers to the networked interconnection of sensors and software. It assists in the control of connected devices, and their associated data can be collected and visualized via a user interface.

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What does IoT primarily do?

Collect: Collect data from sensors and various other devices located throughout a home, vehicle, or manufacturing facility.

Analysis: Analyze useful information from raw data for visualisation, report generation, and prediction.

Communication: Transfer data to a destination such as the cloud, AWS, Azue, or a personal data center via a communication gateway over Wi-Fi, 4G, or 5G, for example.

Action: Communicate with other devices via machine-to-machine (M2M) protocols or send notifications (SMS, email, etc.) to the appropriate parties to correct any errors.

“With the rise of Big Data and advanced connectivity, the Internet of Things (IoT) is a key solution that allows companies to remain competitive.”

The Internet of Things in Electric Vehicles: Optimizing Control

EV charging stations must remain online at all times, as users charge their cars via an app; however, if a station goes offline unexpectedly, it must be repaired immediately. Furthermore, data transmission is a weak spot, as required data is frequently not delivered on time.

With the Internet of Things, electric vehicle charging stations become smart, connected, and thus accessible for remote maintenance and support.

The EV drivers can easily search for nearby charging stations and schedule a time to fill up with the IoT-powered charging apps.

The app will automatically notify you when a station becomes available and will reserve it for you. Likewise, the IoT-powered software analyses a large number of factors such as the exact charging time, weather conditions that may affect charging times, cable position, and so on, to provide users with complete real-time information about charging processes.

Management of EV Charging via the Cloud-Based Platform

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The Internet of Things platform is a comprehensive solution for controlling, utilising, and managing complex EV charging stations. IoT connects and manages a variety of distributed engineering devices. The platform utilises an adaptable cloud architecture, allowing for the deployment of private, public, or hybrid cloud storage as needed.

Advanced data analytics systems process and analyze data collected from a variety of devices before presenting it in a user-friendly format. In the event of any problems or changes, the IoT platform notifies the appropriate users immediately. Likewise, an integrated geo-engine enables easy monitoring and management of distributed devices.

Application of IoT in the Electric Vehicle AC Chargers

IoT when applied to electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, significantly improves their intelligence. By connecting charging stations, the Internet of Things enables easier maintenance and management of charging devices and fueling processes through a graphical user interface.

IoT platform makes use of advanced cloud solutions that enable real-time data collection and analysis. Voltage, electric current, and temperature readings will aid service workers in station maintenance and monitoring processes.

Additionally, a geo-dashboard illustrates the geographical distribution of EV charging stations and directs drivers to the nearest EV charging station. To make it even more convenient for users, the geo-dashboard employs a color-coding system: a reserved or occupied station is indicated by a red label, while a free station is indicated by a green label.

IoT platform supports a range of access levels based on the user's role and function. Additionally, the multi-tiered help desk enables users to receive advanced assistance from a service provider in the event that a charging network operator is unable to resolve an issue. To make things even easier for drivers, the embedded data system is capable of analysing user data and identifying patterns of behaviour in order to provide additional services and support.

Powering future

With the Internet of Things, EV charging stations become more efficient and convenient for drivers and service personnel alike. IoT enables easy monitoring and management of EV charging stations - You can now accelerate your electric vehicle drive with Kazam EV, which offers IOT-based charging stations that are tailored to your specific needs and budget.

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