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Based in France, Schneider Electric is a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries. Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation and data centers/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications.
The SAVE (Seine Aval Véhicules Electriques) project is a joint initiative by Renault, Schneider Electric, EDF, the Yvelines General Council, EPAMSA (contracting authority for Seine Aval) and the Île-de-France region to complete comprehensive tests on electric vehicles and prepare for the introduction of electric vehicles to the mass market in France. As part of the project, pilot customers will have access to a charging infrastructure at home and at work, in parking lots and on public highways.
Schneider Electric develops charging terminals for newly built Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (EVCS) throughout the test territory. In order to meet the tight timeline required for the project, as well as include the remote monitoring and control necessary to manage charging terminals dispersed through 51 towns and five counties, Schneider Electric turned to Sierra Wireless to assist in quick development of a service and maintenance connected electric charging terminal.
Schneider Electric’s electric vehicle charging terminal is a comprehensive hardware and software solution connected by AirVantage® Platform that accelerates development and significantly reduces costs associated with deploying and operating industrial control applications. AirVantage helps machine OEMs and industrial control systems integrators to quickly connect programmable logic controllers (PLC) and sensors to easily develop applications, enabling OEMs to add service revenue to their hardware and enabling Service Providers to augment existing services with solutions and services.
The communication of Schneider Electric’s charging terminal is provided by AirVantage Smart Automation and an AirLink® Fastrack FXT programmable gateway, offering secure and reliable cellular connectivity. The solution also includes a SIM card and Schneider Electric’s PLC. Using AirVantage’s remote monitoring and control capabilities, Schneider Electric can manage its dispersed terminals from a central location – troubleshooting problem terminals and maintaining the terminal network without having to send personnel on-site to the EVCS. In addition, AirVantage provides tools for quick application development, such as a consumer smartphone application that would be used to find a nearby EVCS location and book a terminal in advance, allowing electric vehicle drivers to better prepare for the time required to recharge their vehicles.
Because of the faster time to market, application development tools, remote management and control capabilities and better deployment efficiencies afforded by AirVantage, Schneider Electric will be able to commit to providing a connected electric vehicle charging terminal to the progressive SAVE project and gain a leadership position in the fast growing green/alternative energy market.
AirVantage Smart benefits Schneider Electric’s charging terminal by:
Industrial Asset Management