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.

The Mico VoIP communication frontend for Rega mission controllers

The safety and availability of SBB railway infrastructures is ensured by the Infrastructure Monitoring business unit. SBB requires a “towed diagnostics vehicle” (gDFZ) to fulfill this duty and at the same time to provide an enhancement to the existing self-propelled diagnostic vehicle. The gDFZ can also measure the vehicle dynamics and overhead line. When in use, the gDFZ is drawn in a train composition consisting of a locomotive, a braking and a control car.

The central system forms the heart of the new vehicle. It not only adopts the interaction with the user, but also the analysis and the persistent storage and display of all measurement data.

The SBB has accepted the tender from SCS for the development of the central system (hardware and software). The successful concept in the public call for tender combines for the first time modular measurement equipment via open interfaces with the technology of a modern data centre and integrates them into a rail car. This flagship project meets all the essential features of an “Industry 4.0” application.

The Microservice architecture allows a modular, flexible, extensible and highly scalable solution. The result is a clear and extensible software environment, which is extremely well suited for further development over the entire life of the gDFZ and which can also be operated efficiently.

SCS also takes on the role of integrator for the overall system. System integration is the key success factor for the entire project. The chosen solution therefore supports the integration of all current diagnostic and support systems through a clear and systematic approach and through open, transparent and scalable system architecture. SCS has extensive experience both in the field of open systems, the integration of third-party systems and the development of “mission critical applications” including maintenance and support throughout the entire life cycle (Life Cycle Management – LCM), for example with the REGA communication system.

We are delighted with this award and the prospect of working with SBB and the suppliers of the other work packages, peripheral systems and vehicle modifications.

gDFZ-Komposition

Background information on the application:

The SBB infrastructure monitoring business unit is responsible for ensuring the safety and availability of railway infrastructure in compliance with the applicable regulations. The services provided by the monitoring unit are fulfilled using a mix of human expertise (route inspectors) and machine-determined diagnostic and prognostic data (Measurement and Diagnostic Technology). In the medium term the proportion of machine performance will increase due to the expansion of the industrial monitoring of the network and the commissioning of new high-speed lines (Gotthard and Ceneri Base Tunnel GBT/CBT).

Measured test runs are state of the art in railway technology and essential for professional investment management, particularly in the track and traction current asset classes. The measurements in the field of driving technology are mandatory because of the legal and regulatory requirements (including R 22070). Reliable, consistent and meaningful measurement data also provides an important input for short-term diagnostics (monitoring), preventive maintenance and the prognosis of the substance preservation. They form the basis for the medium and long-term maintenance control of the asset classes.

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