Today, I have an exciting announcement that I've been wanting to share with you for weeks.
Five years ago, I started as a freelancing e-mobility consultant specialising in future-proof communication standards. This was to help companies around the globe better understand ISO 15118, in order to bring the user-friendly and seamless Plug & Charge experience to market.
Last year, I decided to take matters into my own hands and establish a limited company in London. I hired very talented electronics engineers, software developers, and designers to help me build the much-needed software solutions that the industry was lacking.
Today, I’m proud to present to you our new brand: Switch.
We’re building the most reliable, innovative, and easy-to-use software ecosystem for charging electric vehicles, so that shifting the world to a greener way of moving will only be a simple switch.
Here’s what we’ve been working on recently and what we’ll launch during the course of this year. (Yes, it’s all coming to market this year!)
Scotti tests and verifies the compliance of your software (both on charging stations and the charging station management systems –– CSMS) with the most advanced communication protocols OCPP 2.0.1 and newer. This helps you to significantly improve communications between your software and its counterpart (be it a charging station or a CSMS), as well as boost interoperability across the charging network.
Josev is the brain of the charging station. A flexible and open operating system that finally makes it easy for EV charger manufacturers to comply with ever-evolving industry standards such as OCPP 2.0.1 and ISO 15118. The clue is in the name: it makes sure that everything is running seamlessly.
We build Sara to make managing and monitoring charging points easier and more effective. Sara gathers valuable, intelligent, and accurate data, which gives you the most up-to-date information on your network and allows you to run it smoothly. Its user-centric design allows you to easily harness the full monitoring and management capabilities of OCPP 2.0.1 and ISO 15118.
Giving a little nod to our former brand name V2G Clarity. With Switch Clarity, we continue to educate, and with open source versions of our technology, we inspire innovation within the industry so we can get there quicker, together. Because we believe that by making things as simple and seamless as possible, we can accelerate the switch to a greener world – and protect this wonderful planet of ours, before it’s too late. With Switch Clarity, we offer in-depth articles, industry news, monthly Ask Me Anything (AMA) webinars, infos about upcoming industry events, and - of course - the popular ISO 15118 Manual.
We’re here to make seamless EV charging finally happen and to accelerate the switch to electric vehicles. So we’re inviting you to join us on this journey, whether you’re a follower of our newsletters, a development partner, or customers of Josev, Scotti, or Sara. Together, we can make the change happen.
I’m personally looking forward to meeting you again in person, starting in September, when I’ll be attending the Hubject ICNC 21 and the CharIN Testival in Germany, hosted by comemso. Hope to see you there!
With OCPP 2.0.1 and the new device model concept, a station can automatically describe its full layout and capabilities to the cloud-based CSMS. This allows for plug-and-play installation of a charging station. It also lets the CSMS read and control any component remotely.
Sara stands for Station Analytics and Remote Administration
The Open Charge Alliance is the official body that specifies OCPP 2.0.1 and defines a set of certification profiles. Each profile tests a certain set of functionalities. Depending on the functionality of your charger or CSMS, you might want to certify for either a subset or all of these profiles.
Continuous Integration / Continuous Deployment (CI/CD)
Scotti stands for Simple Compliance Testing Tool for Interoperability.
Efficient XML Interchange (EXI) is a very compact representation of XML. All ISO 15118 messages are defined in XML. EXI improves serialisation and parsing speed on embedded devices (like an EV and a charging station controller) and allows more efficient use of memory and battery life, compared to standard (textual) XML.
The Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) is a lightweight, publish-subscribe network protocol that transports messages between devices.
A CSMS is a cloud-based management system operated by the company that is managing the charging stations. A charging station connects to a CSMS using OCPP (Open Charge Point Protocol).
Automated Connection Device (ACD), a conductive charging concept that doesn't require a person to plug in the charging cable. A first implementation is ACD-P, where 'P' stands for 'pantograph' charging of buses.
Power line communication, a communication technology that enables sending data over existing power cables.
Signal Level Attenuation Characterisation (SLAC) is based on power line communication (specifically HomePlug Green PHY) and is a protocol to establish the data link between the EV and the charging station via the charging cable.
Charge Point Operator, the entity monitoring and managing an EV charger network.