Swiss Air-Ambluance Rega has introduced a complete new mission control system and thereby developed a new telecommunication infrastructure system with SCS AG as its partner. The system is Voice-over-IP (VoIP) based and features a custom-designed user frontend that perfectly fits the mission controller’s needs and includes two VoIP-telephones per workplace. The system also integrates communication through the Rega-proprietary Switzerland-wide radio system which was also developed mainly by Supercomputing Systems AG.

The communication system is seamlessly integrated to a mission control system delivered by Hexagon and ideally supports the operative processes of Rega mission controllers. In addition to the introduction of these new software solutions the entire mission control IT infrastructure of Rega has moved to external data centers. The telecommunication core systems run redundantly in two geographically separated locations. This ensures a high availability.

The development of the communication system including testing, deployment and go-live took SCS one year.

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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.

In cooperation with BKW (Berne), ewz (Zurich) and BEAG (Baden), Supercomputing Systems AG develops a holistic smart grid platform that will help to make distribution grids future-proof:

The electrical energy system is undergoing fundamental changes. Efforts to decentralize the system that is historically based on central energy generation and top-down distribution. Large power stations might be replaced by many local energy generation units like PV, water power, wind power etc. In addition, regulatory requirements are changing and energy markets see new rules of the game. All these transformations have an impact on the electrical distribution grid which will have to be more dynamic, less cost-intensive and more intelligent in the future.

GridBox is a generic platform for the intelligent grid of the future: Distributed measurement and control devices (intelligent PMUs, phasor measurement units)  collect data about the grid every second and communicate the grid state to a local master agent. The master agent implements algorithms for grid stability, grid monitoring, asset management aspects, market aspects etc. and takes control of the grid through a set of available actors such as PV inverters, electrical water boilers, batteries, e-car loading stations etc. The platform therefore is a real-time control system for the distribution grid.

The GridBox platform enables additional applications such as power quality measurements, grid monitoring, virtual power plants, support at grid dimensioning, coordination of PV and batteries in homes, smart markets with real-time price signals etc.

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There are two real-world test regions: A rural grid in the Bernese Oberland (region of Kiental) including low- and mid-voltage grids and an urban test region within the city of Zurich. There are 150 devices installed in total and the project will also gather high-resultion grid measurement data throughout an entire year. Experiments and demonstrations will take place live.

The present state of the system and the woring of the state estimator and the optimizer can be observed live through the GridBox cockpit:

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The project is co-funded by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy and runs until mid-2016.

Presentation slides: PDF

Contact: Stephan Moser

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

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The company Jöhl + Köferli AG offers tailored radio-transmission solutions. Supplemented by a control system, a central communication infrastructure for public transport emerges.

The comprehensive and reliable radio coverage of an area is always hampered by topographical and structural barriers. The single frequency radio network technology designed by Jöhl + Köferli AG solves this problem by using many spatially separated base stations, which guarantee full coverage of the concerned areas. The base stations emit information, which is synchronised on the same frequency. Thus, the frequency spectrum is used economically, allowing the use of simple terminal devices.

The voice connection between the control system and the base stations is achieved via voice-over-IP. The GPS-based synchronisation, designed to keep a precision up to microseconds, allows the simultaneous emitting of the signal at all base stations.

Supercomputing Systems AG (SCS) has developed a universal hardware platform, which is used by the control system (TMC) as well as the radio transmission site (BSC). It is based upon a multi core ARM Cortex A9 processor and the Altera FPGA technology.

Moreover, the Linux software and the FPGA firmware have been developed for the Voice-over-IP communication, the FSK modems as well as the call decoder.

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The platform can be used for the integration of a variety of other signal processing tasks.

Jöhl + Köferli AG use the module in a flexible and universal way and expand it according to the different requirement of the public transportation companies. Via a web-based configuration panel, adjustments can be quickly performed.

Conctact person at SCS
Christof Sidler

 

Compared to regular radiation therapy with X-rays, the proton therapy allows an even more precise localisation of the dose and therefore a high therapeutical efficiency with fewer side effects. Thus, it is highly significant when treating tumors that are located closely to important organs, for instance in the area of the head.

In November 2013, the „Gantry 2“ has started its clinical patient treatment. The applied high speed, intensity-modulated 3D-scanning method is globally unique. We congratulate the PSI Institute on this big success!

The beam control and the continuous monitoring of the beam parameters function with a system cycle of 10 us and ensure the highly precise and safe radiation. We are very pleased, that this innovative system – to which SCS contributed core parts in a common project– is now clinically operative in order to bring forth healing to the patients.

 

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Construction of Gantry 2 at PSI at an early stag.

 

Web-Links:

http://p-therapie.web.psi.ch/gantry2.html

https://erice2011.na.infn.it/TalkContributions/Meer.pdf

 

Rega, Switzerland’s air rescue service, brings swift and professional medical help from the air and supports people in emergency situations. Rega aims to replace the existing infrastructure with an integrated dispatch system with a modern radio network as part of a major project named REMICO (Rega Mission Control). SCS is developing and extending the components of the new radio system.

Rega operates its own radio network to guide its helicopters and as part of their co-operation with the Swiss Alpine Rescue Service. Rega’s radio network consists of the central radio components, the radio operation workplaces, 42 fixed radio transmitting stations as well as radio equipment for the helicopters and handheld transceivers. The radio operation workplaces allow the radio system to be used even without the dispatch system.

The central radio components are designed for high availability and are permanently monitored together with the radio stations. The central components allow the existing and new radio stations to be operated in parallel. Thus they enable seamless migration.

In the REMICO project, SCS’s services comprise the following:

  • Overall concept, technology evaluation
  • Creation of a migration strategy for uninterrupted transformation of the radio system
  • Development of software for the radio stations
  • Development and linking of central server components into the dispatch system based on VoIP
  • Development and certification of an avionics component for radio control
  • Provision of operating, test and training infrastructures

When the Swiss start-up company Limmex started selling the “Swiss Emergency Watch” in autumn 2011, it was the beginning of a success story. The innovative emergency watch combines various technologies to form the mobile emergency device of the future.

The availability of the switching platform and the long battery life are indispensable factors to the success of the product for Limmex’s customers.

The services provided by SCS include:

  • Advice on system architecture
  • Development of cloud-based services
  • Development of embedded software
  • Development of product test systems