OCPP and EVbee as an Open Charge Alliance Member

OCPP and EVbee as an Open Charge Alliance Member

EVbee has become a member of the "open charge alliance", which includes 5 members from Turkey and global companies. OCPP, or open charging point protocol, is a software protocol typically used to communicate between a network charging station and a network management system such as a charging point.

OCPP is a protocol for communication between an EV Charging Station and a central backend system.

Similar to many IoT protocols, the OCPP protocol also performs the following operations:

• Verifying the identity of new EV users,

• Monitoring energy consumption,

• Starting charging,

• Ending charging,

• Getting information about charge status,

Benefits of OCPP

The main benefits of using OCPP as a communication protocol for EV charging are:

Interoperability and compatibility: OCPP enables EV charging equipment from different manufacturers to communicate with EV charging management systems, regardless of the specific hardware or software used. This provides greater scalability and business flexibility by allowing operators to mix and match different charging stations and equipment without worrying about compatibility issues.

Improved management and monitoring: OCPP allows remote monitoring, control and management of EV charging stations. Operators can remotely start and stop charging sessions, monitor energy consumption and billing, and troubleshoot issues in real time.

Enhanced customer experience: OCPP makes it easy for customers to use charging stations by enabling operators to manage customer accounts and billing, and offer a range of payment options.

Cost savings: OCPP helps grid operators save money by reducing the need for manual maintenance and enabling more efficient use of charging infrastructures. It also helps operators optimize pricing and tariffs to maximize revenue. With OCPP, operators can collect data on usage patterns such as time of day and duration of charging sessions. This data can be used to optimize pricing strategies and tailor pricing plans to specific user groups. In addition, OCPP supports dynamic pricing, allowing operators to adjust real-time pricing based on factors such as demand, energy costs, and supply constraints.

Future-proof your network: OCPP is an open-source protocol that continues to evolve over time. It includes robust security features such as encryption and authentication to protect against unauthorized access or tampering with data. This ensures that the EV charging infrastructure remains up-to-date and compatible with new technology and standards.

Smart charging connects charging points with users and operators. When an EV is plugged in, the charging station sends information such as charge time and speed to a cloud-based EV charge management platform. Additional data about the capacity of the grid and how energy is currently used is automatically sent and analyzed by the platform. This data is then used to decide how and when to charge EVs. This way, network operators can remotely regulate energy usage via an EV charge management platform, and drivers can set up smart charging features via their mobile app.

How does OCPP work?

OCPP provides a standardized protocol for communication between EV charging stations (also called Charge Points) and a central management system (also called the Central System). The protocol enables the EV charging stations and central backend systems to exchange messages and data with each other. There are also other protocols that are either being used or developed that work alongside OCPP that handle communication between charging stations and EVs.

Resource: https://www.ampeco.com/guides/complete-ocpp-guide/#:~:text=The%20Open%20Charge%20Point%20Protocol,or%20type%20of%20charging%20station.