Implementation of charging functions for an electric charging station

Zielpuls | Projects | Implementation of charging functions for an electric filling station

AN ELECTRIC CHARGING STATION BECOMES A DESIGN PROJECT AND PROVES THE COMPATIBILITY OF TECHNICAL EXPERTISE AND CREATIVE DESIGN.

At the time the project was initiated, e-mobility was new, electric charging stations were rare and the project was intended for PR purposes. The focus was on marketing the energy storage unit, which is located at the back of the filling station. It was also about marketing the energy generator based on wind and solar energy.

It is new that an electric charging station is interpreted as a design project, and yet the past project has proven its feasibility. Requiring a special design for the HMI, a designer was commissioned to create it. He created the UI including the animations, which were inserted into the software by Zielpuls as part of the project.

In addition to the software architecture, which included communication of the charging socket, backend service and UI, the procurement of special industrial PCs also became a challenge. Market analysis had to be carried out and requirements had to be collected, which the PC was capable of processing. For this, an appropriate graphics card was needed so that several monitors could be addressed.

The software development ranged from authentication via RFID cards at the charging socket, via a database interface to the HMI and back again.
Our client was Gildemeister AG (today DMG MORI).

Added value for the customer

Through Zielpuls’ commitment and close support in this project, the client received maximum all-round service. This allowed our client to demonstrate to their end-users that charging at an e-charging station can be informative, user-friendly and design-led.

A software project in a new dimension

"As a pure software developer, you rarely have the opportunity to build the hardware yourself. That was different with the electric filling station. Here we were really screwing and programming. The customer got an all-round package from us, from the conception, procurement of the industrial PCs, implementation, installation and support. This overall package created the necessary trust in our team."

Stephan Bauer, Project Manager

Senior Technology Expert