See how this sensor solution can let drivers know when your electric vehicle charging points are vacant

by Brianna Crandall — October 9, 2020 — TagMaster, a Sweden-based supplier of advanced sensor systems for smart cities within traffic and rail, recently launched a kit to be used with electric vehicle (EV) charging points to streamline their use. TagMaster’s sensor-based system identifies vacant charging points and passes on the information to drivers of electric vehicles via traffic management systems.

Investments in the expansion of infrastructure for electric vehicle charging points are an important part of the ongoing restructuring of the transport sector, points out the company.

TagMaster’s solution, which is sold to integrators or operators of charging point systems worldwide, consists of sensors that identify whether the charging pole is busy or not, a gateway to pass the information on, and antennas to optimize the connection.

Jonas Svensson, CEO, TagMaster, stated:

This is a strategically important launch for TagMaster as it is an important contribution to the transition to electrification that is taking place with increasing force worldwide. This change has been given an extra boost by the many restart packages that have been launched as a result of the corona[virus] pandemic.

Investments in the expansion of infrastructure for electric vehicle charging points are massive, according to the company. The support package of a total of EUR 750 billion that the European Union (EU) put in place at the end of May included an investment in the restructuring of the transport sector where, among other things, EU funds will be involved in financing one million new charging points for electric vehicles. In France, President Macron has also set the goal of having 100,000 charging points in the country by the end of 2021.

Svensson continued:

It is obvious that it is a market with strong growth. Considering that there is a total of just over 150,000 charging points in the EU today, of which 8,000 [are] in Sweden, we believe in a good development for our sensor solution for charging points.

Developed in France, TagMaster’s sensor kit for electric vehicle charging points is easy to install for charging point operators, says TagMaster. The sensors are placed under the parking space itself and thus identify whether the charging point is occupied or not. The information is forwarded to a traffic management system so that drivers of electric vehicles receive information about where there are vacant charging posts.

TagMaster is an application-driven technology company that designs and markets advanced sensor systems and solutions based on radio, radar, magnetic and vision technology for demanding environments. Business areas include Segment Europe and Segment USA, sold under the brands TagMaster and Sensys Networks, with innovative mobility solutions in order to increase efficiency, security, convenience and to decrease environmental impact within smart cities. TagMaster has subsidiaries in UK, France and US and exports mainly to Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America via a global network of partners and systems integrators. TagMaster was founded in 1994 and has its headquarters in Kista, Sweden.