Transitioning from Architecture 1.0 to Architecture 2.0
In his presentation, Patrick emphasized the importance of getting back flexibility and scalability in the e-mobility market, especially when talking about the almighty control the Charge Point Management Systems (CPMS) have over the charging points and all actors involved. Instead of trying to maintain scalable this old model of operating, which allows connection to only one CPMS, Architecture 2.0 proposes to decentralize the power through a gateway, enabling connection to multiple systems concurrently.
Introducing OCPP Proxy instead of a single Charge Point Management System (CPMS) enables splitting up the management into separate, independent systems for operational management, roaming, navigation, and external services (smart charging, independent validation, and others), allowing unlimited flexibility in managing and choosing multiple systems.
ChargeBroker – an independent EV charging gateway
The gateway proposed and developed by JIBE, addresses the issues of having all the control in one management system. Edwin Witvoet discussed our solution, ChargeBroker, the EV Charging Gateway that unifies systems, access, and data collection & analysis, while also giving back the power to all actors participating in the e-mobility ecosystem.
The solution was developed in 2018 and was already on the market for testing the following year. Its purpose is to enable vertical integration of multiple systems versus horizontal integration of systems, as was the case in the Architecture 1.0 model. Implementing Architecture 2.0, ChargeBroker acts as a gateway that unifies networks on all levels by giving access to services by choice, without duplication of services, and even to migrate chargers. As Edwin puts it, the existence of ChargeBroker is a necessity in the e-mobility market because “the best decision for tomorrow might be different from the best decision of today. The future requires flexibility and adaptability, which is why ChargeBroker was developed, to sustain the constant movement, transition, and evolution of the EV market” (Edwin Witvoet).
The key concepts ChargeBroker rely on:
- Multi-services: concurrently connecting to multiple services
- Business logic: control to access, routing, grouping, and priority organization
- Transformations: dealing with all kinds of hardware and OCPI versions by allowing to interact with the chargers, different versions, and different security levels of vendor and hardware to mix and match them
- Partner Ecosystem: validate partners and services with their own innovation roadmap.
What does ChargeBroker offer?
- Selecting and re-selecting of many CPOs
- Support Legacy chargers
- Dedicated platforms for installers, maintainers, managers, and support teams
- Integration of EV charging solutions into existing ecosystems
- The fuel stations deploying charging stations can also benefit from a gateway integrating all services
- Unified data and alerts, keeping track and sharing communication data in real-time.