Cloud-Based Data Functions to Be Added to ABB’s Terra Line
Microsoft has announced plans to work with Switzerland-based ABB to bring cloud-based data capabilities to high power electric vehicle chargers.
“The cloud-based e-mobility charging platform will combine ABB’s leading fast-charging technologies with Microsoft’s state-of-the-art cloud services,” states a release. “Combining ABB’s leading EV charging stations with Microsoft’s Azure cloud-based services will ensure stability, global scalability and advanced management features for ABB customers. The collaboration will also take advantage of machine learning and predictive analytic capabilities to drive future innovations.”
“Platform performance and stability are critical differentiators for the successful operation of a modern, data-dependent EV charging station,” Pekka Tiitinen, president of ABB’s discrete automation and motion division, says in the Mircosoft announcement.
“By partnering with Microsoft, ABB will be able to offer best-in-class operations as well as innovative advanced services — what we call the Internet of Things, Services and People,” Tiitinen said. “This partnership gives us the solutions, scalability and global agility to support expanding demand for EV charging infrastructure in the world’s major automotive markets, which is a key focus of our Next Level growth strategy.”
The cloud-based enhancements “will be implemented for the existing Terra hardware in the market today as well as any new offerings,” says ABB electric vehicle charging infrastructure director Andy Bartosh. “The goal is to increase the robustness of network reliability and add more value with new features within the platform,” he told F&F.
The World Needs Chargers
While the world population of EV now exceeds a million, with half purchased in the last 14 months, there are currently only 106,000 publicly accessible EV charging stations globally, Microsoft says. Microsoft further cites a forecast that global revenue from electric vehicle charging services is set to grow from $152.6 million in 2015 to $2.9 billion by 2023.
“Today we live in a mobile-first, cloud-first world, and this is ever apparent in the global electric vehicle market,” Microsoft business development executive VP Peggy Johnson says in the EVSE/electric vehicle supply equipment announcement.
Microsoft to Be ‘Differentiator’ for ABB’s EVSE
“Our partnership with ABB aligns to one of our company ambitions to build the intelligent cloud platform, and we look forward to our technology and services becoming a differentiator for ABB’s solutions,” Johnson said.
Microsoft says that under the new collaboration, “all ABB chargers will be connected to the Microsoft Azure cloud and surrounded by value-adding services, allowing operators and manufacturers and partners to take advantage of a world-class platform.”
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