Section A: Initial setup
1. Contact Charge Amps
In order to successfully set up your Charge Amps charge point with Monta, you need to do a couple of extra steps before you begin the installation in the Monta Portal. You need to first make sure that your integration is switched to OCPP.
Why is switching to OCPP important?
By default, Charge Amps’ charge points use an API protocol. We, at Monta, have taken the decision that going forward, we are no longer going to support an API-based integration of Charge Amps devices. Instead, we will require all Charge Amps devices to use the OCPP protocol to connect to Monta. This decision was based on our experience that the OCPP-based connection provides a better charging experience.
Furthermore, by using an OCPP connection, you are going to be able to store the data regarding charging history with us. This brings many advantages to you as a partner. With a charging history, we can provide better support in terms of identifying and removing many potential problems your charge points might be experiencing.
To switch your charge point to use OCPP protocol, you need to send an email to Charge Amps support and ask them to point your charger(s) to Monta’s OCPP url: wss://ocpp.monta.app/
Once you receive an answer from Charge Amps that your charge point has been pointed to Monta, you can proceed with the integration process.
2. Turn RFID lock on
The next step is to go to the Charge amps website and make sure that RFID LOCK is turned on.
What you need to do is:
a. Log into https://my.charge.space/userapp/#/login
b. Go to the home page
c. Locate the charger you trying to integrate
d. There should be a button that is labeled as "RFID Lock"
e. This button should be "ON" and the colour green
In order for you to be able to charge your car you must have the RFID lock switched on at all times. This is needed in order for the OCPP protocol to work, which is the connection between Monta and your charge point. When you have the RFID lock on and try to charge your car, the portal acts as the key, which unlocks your charger and allows for the charging to start.
3. Proceed to the Monta Portal
Now that you have completed the Hardware Setup of your charger, you can proceed to the Monta Portal.
Section B: Setting up in the Monta Portal
1. Add Charge Point
On Monta Portal click on "Add charge point" under Teams section.
2. Add Charge Point Settings
Select Charge Amps and the charge point model, put max charging power (this information can be find on the charge point box or should have been provided by the manufacturer in this case Charge Amps) and choose supported connector type.
3. Add Charge Point Details
You can add an existing Charge point group or create one for that specific location. If you already have a Charge point group pointing to that location of the charge point it will be added automatically.
4. Connect to Monta
Important! If you choose "Not now" you can connect your charge point to Monta later. Click on Charge Point Name - Set Integration.
5. Select Brand
6. Select Model
7. Select Integration Method
8. OCPP Integration
Important!! At this point of installation you will need to have the charge point serial number. When you reach this part of charge point integration portal will automatically fill in the serial number field for you. Please click on the option "I have my own serial number".
After clicking on that option, you will get the screen below, where you can input your own charge point's serial number.
9. Check Connection
Here we verify your connection to Monta. Please wait until the loading bar reaches 100%.
11. Perfecto! You are now connected to Monta!
Congrats! 🤗 You have now successfully integrated your charge point to Monta.