When you choose a charging solution, you’re making an investment you will live with for years to come. We recommend everyone choose a solution that is OCPP-compliant; by this, we mean a solution that follows the OCPP standard. This gives you several benefits and can save you a lot of money down the road. In addition, the OCPP standard ensures that the system provides essential functions.
What IS OCPP?
OCPP (Open Charge Point Protocol) is the industry standard for charging systems. If you have more than one charger and a charge point management programme, you get a charging system. OCPP defines how charging boxes and software should talk to each other. In addition, it defines several standard functions and how they should work. If the software and chargers follow this standard, the system will work with all chargers and software.
The freedom to choose new system components
OCPP ensures you can choose to replace charging boxes and software without worrying about your system breaking down. This means that none of your suppliers can lock you into their system. It also means you have the freedom to choose between different solutions—now and in the future. Choose a supplier that does not follow the OCPP standard, and you risk enormous costs when the supplier goes bankrupt or if you want to switch to another supplier in the future. To find out if a supplier complies with the standard, ask if their system supports the core functionality of the OCPP standard.
OCPP MAKES IT POSSIBLE TO REMOTELY MANAGE THE CHARGERS IN YOUR SYSTEM
The OCPP standard lets you connect to your chargers and manage them via the internet. This means you can update software, monitor charging sessions, and carry out troubleshooting without being in the charger's vicinity. These capabilities make it cheaper and more convenient to operate your charging system. In addition, you can manage multiple chargers at the same time, which makes life easier. The OCPP standard ensures secure communications between chargers and software by introducing requirements for authentication and encryption.
OCPP MAKES IT POSSIBLE TO SCALE THE CHARGING SYSTEM AS NEEDED
OCPP makes it possible to add more chargers to your charging system without having to start from scratch. The system will incorporate the new charger, and the charger will behave like the other chargers in the system. As long as the charger complies with the OCPP standard, it will work, regardless of manufacturer and model. This makes it possible to choose chargers as needed without having to worry about compatibility with the existing system. It also allows you to switch from one OCPP-compliant management programme to another.
CURRENT IS AN EXPERT ON OCPP
We are one of the market’s leading experts on OCPP. We built our system around the OCPP industry standard from the beginning, and we have contributed to the development of the standard. Every year, we help hundreds of manufacturers with their implementation. We’ve even developed our own test tool for manufacturers who want to implement the standard. CURRENT is therefore a safe choice for those who want a full OCPP implementation. Should you regret your choice, the OCPP standard makes it easy to switch to another system provider in the future.
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If you need help with your OCPP implementation, reach out to us. We’re more than happy to provide you with a free consultation, during which we’ll determine how best to proceed. Don't wait. Contact us today to set up a meeting.