SRF_WP_20140203_001The traffic system Proteus from Swiss radio and television SRF is a success story. For more than 10 years the detailed program planning for the channels SRF1, SRFzwei and SRFinfo has taken place with the help of this tool.

Proteus was conceived and implemented by SCS between 1998 and 2002. Up to that point the various editorial teams at SRF were working with various different methods for the preparation of their programs for broadcast.




With Proteus a system should be created which supports the editorial team with their jobs while at the same time leading to more efficient cooperative work through the introduction of uniform work processes.


In a concept phase the functionality of the system would be identified with the assistance of 30 members of the editorial team and would then subsequently be realized by SCS.

This includes amongst other aspects:

  • The administration and management of
    • Submissions from magazines such as Kassensturz, Aeschbacher, Einstein etc.
    • Information concerning participating presenters, guests, actors, directors and many others
    • Purchasing agreements for films and series.
    • Licenses for the broadcast of foreign productions, as well as additional rights holders for their own productions
  • Export of descriptions and photos for publication on the SRF website, in the program magazines and in teletext / EPG.

After 10 operational years Proteus has over 700 active users and administers over 300`00 programs with the associated metadata. The user requirements have also changed over the years and Proteus has thus taken over the following tasks:

  • Communication with the SRF automation system.
  • Checking the planning for the adherence to diverse regulations (age rating, advertising lengths).
  • Preparation of information concerning web-cockpits for easy access.

Participation SCS

  • Requirements analysis in conjunction with the SRF employees
  • Realization of the client specific traffic system Proteus
  • 3rd Level support and further development

The SBB (Swiss Federal Railways), the DB (German Federal Railways) and the ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways) react upon the future challenges in the area of interlocking technology and have therefore started a common project in 2010. This cooperation results is an innovative technology which allows existing relay interlocking systems to modernised in a cost efficient manner and thus being adapted to future demands, serving the customers of the three railway companies. The first facility will be put into service in 2014 in the DB network.

Supercomputing Systems, along with its subcontractor Systransis AG have been elected for this innovative project as the initial technology partner.

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Schweizerische Bundesbahnen SBB

A large variety of highly specialised types of microscopes have been developed in recent decades. The range comprises traditional optical microscopes, but also fluorescence, electron and atomic force microscopes. So it has become difficult and time-consuming for newcomers, students and even experts in this field to obtain an overview of the technologies, or even to keep up with them.

This created the demand for a means of providing an overview of the different microscope types and their key data (e.g. resolution) To this end, it was necessary to develop graphics-based software which enables the different microscope classes (just 1x “classes”) to be visualised easily and in a fun manner. They can also be compared to one another and more detailed information can be found.

SCS’s Solution

An easy-to-learn teaching tool was developed for students in cooperation with the Electron Microscopy Centre of the ETH Zurich  ( It visualises the different microscope classes as a semi-transparent 3D cube (Imaging Data Cubes) in the most frequently used web browsers. The cube axes characterise the achievable resolution limits: lateral, axial, and chronological.


Target Group
Students, microscope rookies, microscopy users, structural researchers


  • ‘Easy to learn’
  • ‘Engaging’ – it should be fun
  • ‘Effective’ – quick recognition of the boundaries and limits of the different types of microscopes
  • Technical information
    • HTML page with JavaApplet
    • 3D display with Java3D (Internet Explorer) und WebGL (Firefox, Safari, Chrome, …)

The mouse and/or keyboard is used to navigate through the 3D cube (rotate, move, zoom). The multi-dimensional parameter space can be searched using simple filter criteria and supplemented with new methods of measurement.  An HTML page with further information on costs, manufacturers etc. is shown for each method.

Customer Benefits

The ’3D Imaging Data Cube’ assists the students in getting to know the various types of microscopes and grasp relationships. They can study the microscopes in greater depth in a fun way and prepare for their exams efficiently. Furthermore, they can find complementary techniques and imaging methods without having to remember the numerical values.

For customers of EMEZ who wish to have a sample tested, the ’3D Data Cube” can serve as a starting point to find a suitable or alternative method of measurement for their sample.

Further Uses

The display of complex multi-dimensional data as a 3D cube in a web browser is generic. It can be easily used for other applications in order to make complex content easily understood, both optically and haptically.

Contact at SCS
Christof Bühler