ElaadNL, a firm focused on developed smart charging solutions has launched its first ever smart charging station. The Netherlands-based firm made the announcement via a company blog post introducing the smart charging station. The newly launched station is capable of machine to machine (M2M) communication over an IOTA network implementation. The charging station is part of the new ElaadNL test site which is based in Arnhems Buiten, a business park in the former KEMA site. The test contains numerous charging stations that have become ubiquitous in public areas all over the country.
The charging station does not require any communication protocols as it operates completely autonomously. Payment and communication functions are performed via an M2M interface directly with the end user. The system offers robust data transfer security and instant micropayment solutions with zero fees.
The charger itself has a built-in TCP/IP connection port. The charging cable and specialty hardware needed for the charger are designed according to the e-Mobility ISO 151188 spec. the current set up of the charger is easy to use but there are some difficulties with the process involving the actual ‘plug and charge’ procedure with a car. Being only a preliminary proof of concept, there are still a few bugs to be taken care of before it ready for full-scale beta testing. During the launch, the station was used to charge a mini Tesla.
Commenting on the development, the managing director of ElaadNL, Onoph Caron said that the charger had demonstrated the ability to implement M2M communication and secure micropayments over IOTA. He declared that his company will continue to “explore and research” the many potential possibilities of the technology in their Arnhem testing ground.
Head of Mobility at the IOTA Foundation, Alisa Maas said that IOTA was happy to see a firm like ElaadNL come up with practical solutions that can be implemented on the platform. She went on to say that the project could potentially demystify IOTA, showcasing it to the world as the backbone of the emerging Machine Economy and the actualization of the Internet of Things (IoT) concept. She described the project as a giant leap forward and expressed optimism that other groundbreaking innovations were around the corner.
Blockchain might be the first successful implementation of the Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) framework, but it isn’t the only one. IOTA is another such implementation but is designed with a greater focus on the IoT environment. It is an open-source “blockless” distributed network protocol that facilitates robust M2M communication. Unlike the blockchain, there are transaction blocks linked together by chains in a linear arrangement. Instead, transactions are arrayed in a sort of “tangle” within a directed acyclic graph (DAG) protocol topology. IOTA was created by Dominik Schiener, Sergey Ivancheglo, Dr. Serguei Popov, and David Sønstebø.