Photo 1 | JST control room concept: In the new network control center, the TraveNetz team has an overview of all electricity, gas, water and district heating supply systems as well as the networks in the Lübeck region and surrounding communities. Schleswig-Holstein's most modern network control center is characterized by the latest IT infrastructure and future-proof network monitoring.
Photo 2 | Calculated on the basis of 24/7 alternating shift operation, the old control center had been in service for around 60 years. "There was urgent need for a renewal," says project manager Detlef Zuhl.
Photo 3 | Arrived in the future: The network control center after the metamorphosis. Tens of thousands of process variables constantly send data to the new "command center" from the supply networks and plants. Thanks to innovative technology, it is possible to ensure that the supply of energy and water is guaranteed at all times.
Photo 4 | JST control room furniture: The topic of "ergonomics" played a central role for project manager Detlef Zuhl when furnishing the new network control center. Here, for example, through work tables that are easy on the back. The height adjustment of the Stratos X11® operator's desk up to standing height allows an alternate posture and avoids health hazards.
Photo 5 | JST DisplayWall: The possibilities of the JST DisplaySuit are manifold and allow many customer requests - here a variant with AlarmLight and integrated loudspeakers, which makes both visual and acoustic alarms possible with the appropriate presetting.
Photo 6 | JST control room solutions: In addition to the DisplayWall, each of the four workstations in the network control center has five monitors, which, thanks to individually adjustable TFT columns, enable a parabolic arrangement and thus offer the user an optimal field of view.
Photo 7 | JST Videowalls: Four individual large-screen systems, each consisting of four Ultra SlimLine LC displays with extra-narrow frames, characterize the image of the multi-utility network control center. Thus, each operator has their own video wall at their disposal, on which various individual systems and BigPicture displays can be called up.
Photo 8 | JST MultiConsoling®: Via the JST CommandPads® integrated directly into the operator consoles, each team member has the myGUI®, the intuitive user interface for MultiConsoling®, can be seen at all times. In this way, the control room control system not only remains constantly present for each employee, but he also has an endless selection of predefined myActions at his disposal, which, for example, make time-consuming switching on of individual systems obsolete during shift handovers.
Photo 9 | JST AllMedia Conference System: The heart of the crisis room is the customized AllMedia conference table. With JST MultiConsoling® users have direct access to all systems of the network control center from here. A JST CommandPad®, which is placed on the table, enables convenient control via the myGUI®user interface.
Photo 10 | JST control room planning: Project manager Detlef Zuhl (left) in conversation with JST consultant Dirk Lüders. "It's hard to imagine a better collaboration. After an analysis of the individual requirements, it quickly became clear which solutions would be suitable for TraveNetz. With the result, the network control center will also effectively meet future requirements," says control room specialist Lüders.
Photo 11 | JST AllMedia: More than just a conference table. The individually configurable AllMedia Conference System makes any source immediately available via the integrated MultiConsoling® whether TV, notebook, workstation or DVD player; whether TV, notebook, workstation or DVD player.
Photo 12 | JST Technology: Especially in the field of critical infrastructures, such as the supply of electricity, gas, water as well as district heating, indispensable: the highest possible reliability of the safety-relevant installations. Following this principle, the MultiCenter, the heart of the JST control technology MultiConsoling®, was designed redundantly.
Photo 13 | JST Technology Room: Hardware components for the JST MultiConsoling® operating concept - two power units for the grabbers located below, to which the individual computers are connected (integrated in the RackMount kit). By outsourcing the technical components, heat and noise pollution in the network control center are a thing of the past.
Multi-utility network control center with "enterprise" character
Comfortable heat, running water and, of course, electricity – always and everywhere available. What is as self-evident as it is indispensable for the consumer requires a whole series of complex control processes, for which hundreds of control rooms with constantly growing tasks and areas of responsibility are responsible throughout Germany. This also applies to the Lübeck network control center of TraveNetz GmbH in the far north of the republic. In the classic multi-utility network control center, the requirements of the future as part of Germany’s critical infrastructure are met with calm anticipation. In cooperation with the control room specialists from JST – Jungmann Systemtechnik®, an installation was realized there that the employees are proud to call “the most modern network control center in Schleswig-Holstein”.
“You feel like you’re on the starship Enterprise” – that’s what he hears again and again from people who see the TraveNetz multi-utility network control center for the first time, reports Detlef Zuhl, who is responsible for the network control center and the cooperation with the JST experts. Behind the convincing appearance of the system is a well thought-out technical concept that is clearly geared to the individual needs on site.
Old control center had reached "retirement age
“When you get right down to it, our old network control center was well over 20 years old,” says Detlef Zuhl, “after all, we work 24/7 rotating shifts, which amounts to a useful life of more than 60 years.” If the increased demands on monitoring activities and the expanded area of responsibility due to Lübeck’s surrounding municipalities are also taken into account, the conclusion is obvious: it is high time for extensive modernization.
The simulator from JST really impressed us
The first contact with Jungmann consultant Dirk Lüders came about through recommendations. A visit to JST’s control room simulator quickly followed. “What we experienced there really impressed us,” recalls Detlef Zuhl. “The fact that we were able to try out the technical applications ourselves was very helpful in the decision-making process. With the subsequent analysis and needs assessment, we were able to get a clear picture. We knew exactly what we needed and what costs to expect after the workshop.”
Each of the four workstations has a dedicated video wall
Workstation displays “stacked” on top of each other, a confusing jumble of mice and keyboards – these working conditions are a thing of the past in the new multi-utility network control center of TraveNetz GmbH. There are four workstations located in a semi-circular arrangement, each with their own large display wall, for process control and safe operation of the plants and networks in the electricity, gas, district heating and drinking water supply in Lübeck and the surrounding region. The ultra-slim frames of these video walls, each with four 46-inch displays, are perfect for large overviews – the so-called BigPicture mode.
Everything controllable with only one mouse and keyboard
Only one mouse and keyboard are required per workstation to control process control, office PCs, building technology, TRA computers and media connection. Thanks to the MultiConsoling® concept, all associated displays can be operated and all desired systems can be connected with just one console. Perfect orientation is provided by the display of the control room controls on JST CommandPads® integrated into the surfaces of the new Stratos operator consoles. Here, the intuitive myGUI® (GUI = Graphical User Interface) in the 3D layout of the control center makes operation child’s play.
Complete networking even in the crisis room
And users in the adjacent conference and crisis room also have direct access to all control center systems. With the AllMedia Conference System in combination with the MultiConsoling® technology, enables full networking with the control center. Here, too, a JST CommandPad® is available for control purposes. Furthermore, the conference table offers individually definable options for the integration of external information, for example by connecting notebooks, the data of which is made visible to all on a large display wall.
Maximum availability for the CI control center
This maximum flexibility is just as important to Detlef Zuhl as the particularly high availability. “In a network control center, we can’t say we’ll just wait a day for the processes to continue. Everything has to run smoothly,” says the project manager. As part of the critical infrastructure, Lübeck has therefore not only attached importance to redundant systems, but also to cooperation with a reliable partner. Detlef Zuhl: “It works really well with JST. We are very satisfied.”
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