As of July 1, 2018, SCS has launched a new Department for Blockchain and Internet-Of-Things. Alain Brenzikofer heads the newly formed group as the new Department Head. We congratulate Alain Brenzikofer on the new role and wish him every success.

Distributed Ledger Technologies, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, IoT: The terms are ubiquitous and will disrupt various industries. Alain Brenzikofer has been observing these technologies for years and is a profound expert on the scene. Interesting applications arise today in the energy sector, but also in the commodity trade, with guarantees of origin. Some of these are already under development at SCS: As Partner in the “Quartierstrom” project in Walenstadt, where a blockchain-based peer-to-peer energy market is being created.

Industry 4.0, Internet of Things, Cloud – all these terms are currently being discussed all over. However, most of the time, a common understanding is missing about the meaning of these terms and the way they are to be implemented in the industry. Also, the benefit for the customer is not always clear.

During a recent round table of the forum “Laufenburger Talks”, Dr. Johannes Gassner was invited as an expert to talk about this topic.

The article „Swiss KMU is ready – but the benefit is still unclear” was subsequently written about this roundtable and was published twice:

  • Article in the “Technische Rundschau”, the Swiss industry magazine
  • Article in the “Polyscope”, the magazine for electronics and automation

The “Internet of Things”, abbreviated IoT, has the intention to equip many electrical appliances with the ability to communicate with each other via the internet. Industry 4.0 stands for the pooling of technology trends and a vision of the way the manufacturing business may look in the future.

The „Laufenburger Talks“ offer a platform to discuss interesting, controversial and current topics among experts.

Contact person at SCS
Johannes Gassner

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.

 

 

Challenges

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.

Solution

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