CROSS-COLLABORATION BETWEEN CONCLUSION COMPANIES
A COMPLEX E-MOBILITY PRICING SYSTEM
With 25+ companies in the Conclusion’s unique ecosystem, Conclusion Mediaan is part of a diverse team that inspires and empowers each other. This often results in cross-collaborations that allow us to provide our clients with the best possible solution. Let’s have a look at a use case where this applies in practice!
Together with our sister company, First8, we developed an internal pricing system capable of handling the complexity of pricing data. We do this for one of the leading companies that builds a network of powerful electric vehicle (EV) charging stations along major highways in Europe! During this project, we provided support to our client in the following areas:
- Price configuration
- Microservices architecture
- Web development
- Cloud migration
Our client works with B2B partners with whom they have made price agreements for charging sessions. In order to accurately manage these price settlements and communicate the correct information to the charging stations, a price management system is required. Our project’s goal is to develop a comprehensive application logic; from tariff management to pricing of charging sessions.
Understanding the pricing configuration is not an easy task due to the complexity of the pricing rules involved. These rules can vary depending on a range of factors, such as special rates charged to certain partners or differing rates on weekdays versus weekends. Pricing data plays a crucial role in business operations, which is why it needs to be accurately configured and safeguarded against unauthorized modification. Furthermore, it is also essential for the application to have a historical backtracking capability. On top of that, our team has to extensively delve into the E-mobility domain as there is a lack of information on the protocols used for B2B use cases.
The team was divided into several different fields including Software Engineering, DevOps/ infrastructure and QA (Quality Assurance). The following methods and techniques are used:
Microservices architecture with event-driven communication
- Open Charge Point Interface (OCPI)
- Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Amidst the challenges related to the complicated pricing rules and the lack of information on the protocols used for B2B use cases, we were able to help our client develop a complex pricing system and migrate their existing application to a new environment in the cloud. Not only did this project showcase the power of cross-collaboration between Conclusion companies, but it also gave us extensive knowledge about the E-mobility domain for B2B and AWS!
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