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ENGIE taps BICS to connect 50,000 EU EV charging stations to cellular IoT

July 9, 2024

ENGIE Vianeo, the electric vehicle (EV) charging business of France-based energy company ENGIE Group, has appointed international comms outfit BICS to connect around 50,000 charging stations to cellular-based IoT networks. It wants live monitoring data from its EV charging stations to make faster decisions about their operation, and to enable remote maintenance of them; the project starts in Belgium and rolls out to other European countries.

ENGIE launched ENGIE Vianeo last year in response to a European Union (EU) mandate to expand EV charging infrastructure across member states. The legislation put emphasis on new stations on highways. BICS, owned by Belgian operator Proximus, is to “upgrade” its EV charging footprint with IoT connectivity – to support “remote maintenance and troubleshooting, analytics on station activity, and remote software and firmware updates”.

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