Category: Traffic control center
Critical infrastructures


Operations control center monitors rail network with modern control room solutions

Around two million people – many of them commuters from Hamburg´s surrounding communities – use the rail network of Eisenbahnen und Verkehrsbetriebe Elbe-Weser GmbH (evb) every year. The company, which is more than 80 percent owned by the state of Lower Saxony, relies on state-of-the-art technology to keep its own 235-kilometre-long railway lines in view at all times. For example, the operations center at Bremervörde station was recently equipped with control room solutions from JST – Jungmann Systemtechnik®.

The old signal box from the 90s had its best years behind it. The operations control center, in which the place of the dispatcher is located, has been adapted step by step in the past to current requirements. The result: grown structures with a confusing number of individual applications, displayed on a multitude of monitors. Hard to be overseen by a single employee.

Independent research and external tips lead to JST

“What we needed were modern workplaces, real optimisation. We had a complete restructuring from a single source in mind,” explains Nicolai Breden, project engineer at evb. Initial research led the expert to JST. A participating contractor also referred to the expertise of the specialists from Jungmann Systemtechnik for the reconstruction of the operations center and thus for optimised control of the rail network.

"See what's possible today"

Nicolai Breden remembers the first contacts with JST consultant Dirk Lüders well: “The chemistry was right from the start. And when we visited the control room simulator and saw what is possible today, the decision was easy. That was the initial spark, so to speak.”

Operating concepts convince the employees

The project engineer and an evb delegation consisting of users and decision makers quickly came to the conclusion: More is not always better. “The opposite is true! The special advantages of a large screen are obvious. The fewer monitors in the workplace, the better. This means that colleagues can work with even greater concentration,” says Nicolai Breden. The operating technology via the so-called MultiConsoling® also quickly convinced the team monitoring the rail network in the operations control center: “The operators were able to immediately transfer the concepts to their working situation in their minds.

Get an overview of the overall situation at a glance

Today, the evb operations center in Bremervörde not only has ergonomic control center furniture, but also the equipment to display the entire rail network on a large display wall. The operator – or in this case the dispatcher – can see at a glance where the individual trains are currently located. In future, the AlarmLight will proactively draw his attention to any signal or switch faults. Nicolai Breden: “The employees have a much better overview and thanks to large-screen technology in combination with the possibilities of MultiConsoling® they can concentrate on the really important things”.

"Exactly what you wish for"

For the railway expert, one thing is certain: “Here the saying sought and found” is right. The smooth running of the project, the individual solutions and the cooperation – that is exactly what you want.

JST reference EVB operating control centre: control centre workstations in front of the video wall
JST reference EVB operating control centre: Exterior view of the new control centre
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