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Combined Tech Simplifies EV Charging

June 09, 2024 by Jake Hertz

Parkopedia and Irdeto’s multi-contract plug-and-charge solution combines in-car services and advanced technology for effortless EV charging.

As the auto industry moves to electric vehicles (EVs), efficient and accessible charging infrastructure is becoming increasingly essential. However, the current EV charging landscape faces several challenges, making the process inefficient, unreliable, and time-consuming.  

Parkopedia and Irdeto will collaborate to simplify and secure the EV charging process for drivers worldwide with Plug and Charge Alliance. The system aims to facilitate access to EV chargers and streamline usage.

 

Electric vehicle charging.

Electric vehicle charging. Image used courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

 

EV Charging Status Quo

As electric mobility gains traction worldwide, EV charging becomes increasingly commonplace. While home charging offers convenience and cost-effectiveness, charging away from home is still riddled with challenges compared to using traditional gas stations.

EV charging’s status quo requires various access control methods to facilitate charging transactions, including ISO 15118 communication standards, smartphone apps, web apps, RFID technology, and payment terminals. These methods authenticate and invoice EV drivers utilizing technologies like RFID cards or remote access through smartphone or web applications to initiate charging transactions. EV drivers must often download smartphone apps to access various functions like station identification, session control, and payment setup. However, challenges concerning charger compatibility issues, limited account visibility, and reliable internet connections confound this process.  

Additionally, public charging infrastructure faces significant security challenges. For example, charging stations face cyberattack risks. Hackers can exploit software and network system vulnerabilities, potentially causing disruptions, unauthorized access, or data theft.  

Another challenge is the threat to user data privacy. Charging stations often require users to share personal information like payment details and vehicle data. If these systems are not adequately secured, malicious actors can intercept and misuse sensitive information.  

 

Streamlining EV Charging

In response to the challenges faced in EV charging access methods, Parkopedia and Irdeto have developed their Plug and Charge partnership.

This collaboration combines Parkopedia’s in-car parking and EV charging services and Irdeto’s CrossCharge technologies. When used together, they can streamline the charging process for drivers and OEMs worldwide. The solution simplifies authorization and payment processes by eliminating the need for separate contracts, apps, or RFID cards for different charging networks. Instead, it consolidates these into a cohesive system, allowing EV drivers to initiate charging transactions directly from their in-car media systems.

At its core lies Irdeto’s CrossCharge technology, facilitating secure and seamless communication between the vehicle and charging infrastructure. Leveraging Public Key Infrastructure expertise, CrossCharge ensures robust authentication and validation of charging transactions and safeguards against potential cyber threats. Moreover, the solution adheres to ISO 15118 standards for secure communication, enhancing compatibility and interoperability across different networks.

 

CrossCharge unifies various EV charging processes.

CrossCharge unifies various EV charging processes. Image used courtesy of Irdeto

 

Parkopedia’s extensive parking and charging data further enhance the solution's efficacy, providing drivers with comprehensive information about available charging stations and tariffs. By offering a unified platform for EV charging, the multi-contract plug-and-charge solution simplifies compliance with industry standards, reduces development burdens for manufacturers, and enhances user experience.

Additionally, it streamlines ISO 15118 compliance for manufacturers, easing technical burdens and accelerating EV adoption by ensuring secure and user-friendly charging solutions.

Eliminating the need for multiple apps or RFID cards, this partnership promises a more convenient, secure, and globally accessible infrastructure.