Topics in this document:
- Operator explained
- Create an operator
- Details operator page
- Update operator
- Delete operator
- Session Settings
- Operator with Members in Private Network
To access this section in EV Charge, from the Menu, click Operators. A paginated list of all operators is shown in a tabular format.
Creating an operator in EV Charge is optional. However, it comes in handy if you have a revenue share agreement with the operator or something related.
Information:The reporting section in EV Charge enables you to filter for the total consumption obtained from an operator’s charger and the total revenue (money) generated from an operator’s charger. For more information, see Reports.
An operator is intended to represent a company, like a hotel, a restaurant, etc., where they have chargers. Typically, they are the owner of the chargers; however, you are the manager of those chargers.
You can create entities for the operators and link them to user accounts for them to receive login details to EV Charge. However, they will only be able to view the sections that pertain to them—for example, the stations they own. In addition, they can see their chargers’ session history.
An operator can be linked to multiple charging areas; for example, if you work with a restaurant, all restaurant chains will be managed by the same operator because they are the same business entity.
However, it can also be a one-to-one relationship: one operator to one charging area.
Four actions/subpages can be performed/viewed under this section, namely:
Create an operator
Under operators, to create an operator, click Create new. It has three sections, namely:
Under this section, provide a name and code.
Note:The code is a unique identifier of an object. It can be used during integration with the EV Charge API.
Additionally, provide the operator’s details. The details are only used for information purposes and can be used to reach out to the operator.
The operator’s details consist of the following:
- Organization Name
- Phone number
- Zip code
Under this section, the operator’s environment is configured; setting the Monetary session limit and Timezone is required.
The Timezone is configured to give the operator a standard timezone regardless of which part of the world they are connecting. Therefore, if an operator logs in to EV Charge, all the date-time on the interface will follow the timezone assigned in this section.
The Monetary session limit is the maximum monetary value a charging session can have when it occurs on a charger linked to the operator by a charging area. Therefore, a monetary session limit on the operator will affect any charging session performed on the operator’s charger.
The Monetary session limit can be used to enforce a term/conditions policy that a charging session should not exceed a specific amount.
In addition, you can configure the Monetary session limit to have no limit by setting the value to zero.
This section shows the information inputted in the previous two sections: it can be reviewed before creating the operator.
Once the operator is created, it can be assigned to a charging area.
Note:An operator does not automatically receive login details to EV Charge. They receive login details when you purposely create a user for the operator. For more information, see Users.
Details operator page
Under operators, to see the full details of an operator, click Details. It contains the following information:
- Energy step delta
- Security key
- Monetary session limit
Under operators, to update an operator, first, click Details; it shows the details of the operator. Then to update, click Update.
Note:All information filled out under the create an operator section can be updated except for the Code.
Under operators, to delete an operator, click Delete.
Note:Deleting an operator already used in other parts of EV Charge cannot be done. Every particular reference to the operator first has to be deleted.
Session Rating Settings: Provides settings about the charging behavior, usage patterns, and performance metrics associated with the charging sessions.
Idle Session Settings: Allowed session’s inactivity time after which the session is stopped being tracked.
Operator with Members in Private Network
Charging station’s visibility can be managed by toggling its visibility attribute.
When station is marked as visible, it will be generally visible on the map to all the drivers/customers. Otherwise, when marked as invisible, it will be hidden from the map, except for drivers which are station operator’s private group members.
When station is assigned to the operator, operator has control to grant/revoke drivers an access to its generally invisible stations.
Requirements to achieve this:
- Create an Operator.
- Area has Operator assigned.
To manage members, navigate to the top right corner on the operator’s view page and selecting “Add/remove members” button.
Figure 1: Create Operator with Private Network
Once the form shows up, operator can search for the customers which he would like to grant access to his private group/network of stations. Alternativelly he can also revoke an access.
Figure 2: Grant Access
Limitation: Currently a customer can be a member of only one Operator’s private group/network. Tridens is working on extending this to multiple operators.