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Security and Convenience at the Grid-Edge - EV Charging Stations

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              With data security becoming a higher priority than ever before for the utility industry, it should come as no surprise that this extends to edge devices that leverage electric power on the utility network; public charging stations; even if they’re not owned directly the utility themselves.

 The partnership between EV charging experts at Germany’s Hubject and Greenlots (Shell New Energy technologies) is bringing security and convenience to the EV charging experience. Known as Plug&Charge, the system integrates with Greenlots’ SKY network to deliver a connection and authorization for charging sessions by simplyplugging an electric vehicle into an electric charging station. The combined Plug&Charge technology coupled with the SKY network is being touted as even easier than fueling your car with gasoline in that it can be done in one combined step; plugging in your vehicle for charging actually authorizes a secure payment for the very same service. There’s no intermediate step of using a mobile app or inserting a credit card into the system.

              With data protection and customer privacy built into the Hubject solution form the get-go, it’s no surprise that the majority of automakers have endorsed the solution according to the latest press release information. As utilities look at cybersecurity in a more wholistic way both for their on-site generation and transmission infrastructure, there may be best practices in either overall platform standards or authentication technologies that may trickle down to other aspects of the energy ecosystem. This will continue to make grid edge devices secure for the energy network at large and create greater convenience in the all-important world of EV infrastructure.

              With data security becoming a higher priority than ever before for the utility industry, it should come as no surprise that this extends to edge devices that leverage electric power on the utility network; public charging stations; even if they’re not owned directly the utility themselves.

 The partnership between EV charging experts at Germany’s Hubject and Greenlots (Shell New Energy technologies) is bringing security and convenience to the EV charging experience. Known as Plug&Charge, the system integrates with Greenlots’ SKY network to deliver a connection and authorization for charging sessions by simplyplugging an electric vehicle into an electric charging station. The combined Plug&Charge technology coupled with the SKY network is being touted as even easier than fueling your car with gasoline in that it can be done in one combined step; plugging in your vehicle for charging actually authorizes a secure payment for the very same service. There’s no intermediate step of using a mobile app or inserting a credit card into the system.

              With data protection and customer privacy built into the Hubject solution form the get-go, it’s no surprise that the majority of automakers have endorsed the solution according to the latest press release information. As utilities look at cybersecurity in a more wholistic way both for their on-site generation and transmission infrastructure, there may be best practices in either overall platform standards or authentication technologies that may trickle down to other aspects of the energy ecosystem. This will continue to make grid edge devices secure for the energy network at large and create greater convenience in the all-important world of EV infrastructure.

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