Photo 1 | JST control room concept: Concentrated work in an environment that is not only technically state of the art, but also takes into account current ergonomic standards: With the new network control center, Stadtwerke Steinburg GmbH fulfills all requirements for modern workplaces in CRITIS control rooms.
Photo 2 | Visiting Itzehoe: JST consultant Dirk Lüders (left) was welcomed by René Quurk (Head of Network Management, 3rd from left), project manager Rolf Weihausen (center) and the team around control center manager Martin Krüger (right) after completion of the project to see for himself the concrete advantages of the installation in day-to-day business.
Photo 3 | A separate computer for each system, inadequate fault visualization, deficient ergonomics - the list of criticisms of the old control center had grown and grown in recent years.
Photo 4 | Here, the gates have been opened to progress: View into the new network control center of Stadtwerke Steinburg GmbH, an association of the four municipal utilities Brunsbüttel, Glückstadt, Itzehoe and Wilster.
Photo 5 | JST control room furniture: The topic of "ergonomics" played a central role for all those responsible for the project when furnishing the new network control center. Here, for example, back-friendly work tables. With the height adjustment of the Stratos X11® operator consoles up to standing height, an alternating body posture is made possible, which prevents damage to health.
Photo 6 | JST control center: perfectly organized and clear. Large screen wall, workstation monitors and the so-called JST CommandPad® (front left) - all sources of information are in the operator's direct line of sight.
Photo 7 | JST crisis room: Whether it's a meeting or a situation briefing - what used to disrupt operations in the control center is now relocated to the newly equipped crisis room thanks to the AllMedia Conference system and additional video wall. JST consultant Dirk Lüders (standing) knows exactly what the public utility team needs: MultiConsoling® technology makes it easy to connect and operate all control center systems.
Photo 8 | JST control system: With MultiConsoling® integrated in the AllMedia, any source (TV, workstation, notebook, etc.) is available immediately and at any location - even across rooms and locations. Additional component during the installation in Itzehoe: The conference table is equipped with a unit integrated into the table surface via the JST ControlRoom-Automation system, whose buttons can be individually assigned; in this case for lighting control and for acknowledging alarms at the push of a button.
Photo 9 | JST DisplaySuit: A total of eight Ultra SlimLine LC displays characterize the image of the network control center. The extra slim frames of the monitors are ideally suited for big-picture displays. Control center manager Martin Krüger comments: "This is especially useful in the electricity sector. Previously, we could not call up a complete overview. We had to deal with partial sections, which could delay the identification of problematic conditions."
Photo 10 | JST DisplayWall: The possibilities of the JST DisplaySuit are comprehensive and allow many customer requests - here a variant with AlarmLight and integrated loudspeakers, which makes both visual and acoustic alarms possible with the appropriate preset.
Photo 11 | JST AlarmLight: Thanks to the color change on the video wall and the control room consoles - here from blue to red - the operator notices critical situations immediately.
Photo 12 | JST ControlRoom automation: Predefined scenarios can be triggered at the push of a button via the integrated CommandButton Box. Lighting control, access control or, as in the case of the Steinburg network control center, the activation of individual configurations of the start screen at shift change.
Photo 13 | JST MultiConsoling®: Via the JST CommandPads®, every team member has the myGUI®, the intuitive user interface for MultiConsoling®, permanently in view. With the flexible desktop variant shown here, the control room operation is not only constantly present for each employee, an endless selection of predefined myActions is also available to them.
Photo 15 | JST control room management: The view into the technology room shows some of the hardware elements for the JST MultiConsoling® operating concept. Here, the grabbers with the associated power unit. Advantage of outsourcing technical components: Heat and noise emissions are kept out of the control room.
Municipal utility association sets standards with new network control center
It is one of the most modern installations of its kind in northern Germany: the new network control center of Stadtwerke Steinburg GmbH. Four municipal utilities have come together under the umbrella of the company: Brunsbüttel, Glückstadt, Itzehoe and Wilster. It took just six months – from planning to moving in – for the four utilities, in cooperation with the experts from JST – Jungmann Systemtechnik®, to put their new control center into operation.
Bundling technical and commercial tasks under one roof, exploiting synergy effects, for more efficient network operation, improved processes and more favorable conditions – these are some of the declared goals of Stadtwerke Steinburg. Around 79,000 households are supplied. Electricity, gas, water, district heating – the lifelines of the region have one hub: the network control center.
Modernization was consciously promoted
“Because we are one of the critical infrastructures, the topic of ‘network control center’ has become increasingly important in recent years due to the integration of new plants,” reports René Quurk, division manager for network management, “so we pushed ahead with a modernization of our control center.” Technology , which no longer met the growing demands and a furnishing that disregarded ergonomic principles, were among his points of criticism. Martin Krüger, head of the control center, shares a similar view: “We used to have a separate PC for each system. That meant we had to constantly log on again, often changing workstations. Efficiency looks different.”
"Right from the start fan of the project”
Together with teammates and project manager Rolf Weihausen, those responsible took a close look at the market, considered experiences from other control centers, and finally visited the control room simulator from Jungmann Systemtechnik. “What was presented to us there made me a fan of the project right from the start,” recalls René Quurk. “Together, we developed a concept specifically tailored to the needs of Stadtwerke Steinburg,” explains JST consultant Dirk Lüders, “keeping within budget and schedule were important aspects.”
Shown in practice the real benefits
Ergonomic control room consoles, a state-of-the-art DisplayWall and the intuitive MultiConsoling® control system pave the way to the future at the Steinburg network control center. “With MultiConsoling®, the formerly time-consuming operating steps are a thing of the past. Today, every operator uses just a single mouse/keyboard unit with which he can call up all applications anywhere – and thanks to MouseHopping, it is even possible to switch from the workstation screen to the large screen wall without any problems,” Martin Krüger reports from practical experience.
Network control center before and after the renovation.
Systems of the network control center also in the crisis room
In the newly equipped crisis room, it is also possible during special situations or meetings to connect and operate the network control center systems on a separate video wall. The AllMedia Conference system offers direct access thanks to integrated MultiConsoling® technology. René Quurk: “This is extremely convenient and has the great advantage that work in the control center can continue without disruption.”
"All expectations fulfilled with star rating!"
“Trouble-free” is also the word Division Manager Quurk cites for working with the team at JST: “All expectations were fulfilled with a ‘star rating’. This was really a very nice project in every respect.”
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