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article imageBurns & McDonnell teams with Greenlots on advanced EV charging

By Karen Graham     Sep 7, 2018 in Technology
Burns & McDonnell, a 6,000-strong engineering firm, is installing a Greenlots EV charging network and integrating it into the company’s campus network. The engineers hope to offer EV related services to their many electric utility customers.
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Employee-owned Burns & McDonnell, a Kansas City-based firm made up of more than 6,000 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists, and consultants, already covers 100 percent of the electricity the employee-owners use to charge their EVs on-site.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Greenlots has a global footprint that spans across three continents with deployments in 13 different countries. The company's focus is on the future of electric mobility. Greenlots' goal is to deliver innovative software, services, and expertise that empowers utilities, cities, communities, and automakers to deploy EV charging infrastructure at scale.
On September 5, the two companies announced they were building out an advanced electric vehicle (EV) charging network at the Burns & McDonnell World Headquarters campus as a demonstration project to test new open standards charging technology.
Greenlots SKY EV software
They will be installing Greenlots' SKY EV Charging Network software into Burns & McDonnell’s “open standards electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) to provide real-time visibility into the network and allow for charging data collection," reports PV Magazine.
Essentially, Greenlots will be adding a Level 2 system to Burns & McDonnell's existing charging system. The software includes an app that will allow Burns & McDonnell employee-owners to monitor progress as their own vehicles charge, or, if waiting in line, see which stations may be available soon.
And, as Burns & McConnell's charging infrastructure grows larger, the platform will provide a wealth of data on systems and technology performance that will be vital information going forward. This means the mission will shift from an employee benefit to a business initiative that is well worth the risk.
The business initiative
All the charging data from the Greenlots SKY operating system will be analyzed for predictive modeling In Burns & McDonnell's new "Integration and Automation Lab." Basically, this will enable real-time testing of advanced equipment that utilities are incorporating into their power grids.
Predictive modeling is a process that uses data mining and probability to forecast outcomes. For Burns & McConnell, it will allow their team to experiment with new methods of customer interactions.
"Our alliance with Burns & McDonnell will allow Greenlots to accelerate the global deployment of innovative EV charging solutions," said John McLean, Director of Strategic Alliances for Greenlots. "Greenlots' market-leading technology, combined with Burns & McDonnell's century-plus of design expertise, allows us to offer our clients a unique and compelling turnkey solution."
Chris Underwood, General Manager of Burns & McDonnell's Business & Technology Solutions Division said, "Charging networks must be integrated with the latest technology in open platforms that will be flexible enough to accommodate continued innovation and new technologies that are certain to be on the way. This data also will be invaluable for utilities and regulators as they develop new policies, rate structures and legislation that will be needed as EVs become an even bigger part of the transportation fleet."
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