By 2014, The tpg and SCS started a collaboration for the upgrade of the 500 ticket machines, with the aim to develop a new sales software and to renew certain components of the sales systems.

Just six months after the start of the project, the first prototype started dispensing tickets at Geneva’s Cornavin Train Station. Four months later, in December 2014, the rollout was completed by 100 machines.

The modifications have enabled the tpg to halve both the time of the sales transaction and of maintenance operations. The availability of vending machines has improved massively and is now over 99%.

During the next stage of collaboration, the solar ticket machines will be reengineered.

Press Release TPG
Press Release TPG (PDF)

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

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.

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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.

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

Herrmanns Laundry Service AG operates dry cleaners and laundries both in Switzerland and elsewhere. As is customary in many dry cleaners, customers receive a discount/clothes passport, which they don’t have to take home with them – instead it is stored on-site in a card index file. Due to large customer lists, there can be long delays until the customer card is found in the card index file, particularly when many customer names begin with the same letter.

Solution

In order to shorten the time taken to find the clothes passports, SCS developed a graphical application software for clothes passports which functions on an iPad. It uses the following services from Apple: the well established and easy to use address book and the cloud service for data back-up.

Clothes Passport on the iPad – Characteristics

  • Manual input, search and management of customer surnames and other data such as addresses and notes via the iPad touch screen
  • Manual management of the individual stamps on the graphically visualised clothes passport.

Customer Benefits

The iPad is installed into the business in such a way that it is clearly visible. This way, the customer can see clearly how their passport is found quickly via an address search, and the discount fields are clearly visible when they are being filled out. This creates customer confidence, reduces waiting times and confirms Herrmanns Laundry Service’s status as a thoroughly modern company.

Further Uses

The clothes passport on the iPad has all-purpose functionality (bonus card) and can be adapted to similar needs, for example as a menu passport for restaurants.

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

 

The new 12/13 timetable brought major changes for public transport users in the Canton of Zug: Ring zones were converted into area zone systems. This took place as part of the integration into the ITV Z-Pass Corridor Zug/Schwyz. From the logistical point of view, this meant that a range of completely new products, as well as new user interfaces had to be activated across 150 systems during just one night.

The automated ‘Big Bang’ switch worked perfectly thanks to intensive tests in the run-up. The SCS team only needed to intervene via remote access on one single ticket vending machine during the night.

The new system not only makes our customers happy but also makes us – the developers – proud!

ZVB Userinterface Ringzonen   becomes    Userinterface im ZVV Stil

The Gerhard Schubert GmbH Company manufactures flexible packing machines. The application of  Schubert’s plant control allows to record a vast quantity of data, including the OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness), an indicator for the quality of a production line.
In order to improve the overall efficiency of the plant, Schubert wanted to offer an analyzing system to its customers and commissioned SCS to implement a so called plant-cockpit.

By developing the plant-cockpit, SCS has precisely developed a solution corresponding to the needs and requirements of the customer.The result is a contemporary application, both technically and in terms of the user experience. Thanks to the longstanding and broad experience in developing wide spread and complex applications in the Microsoft .net environment, the team was able to stick to the ambitious timetable.

The plant-cockpit loads, filters and visualizes the OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) and other indicators from various plant controls located around the globe. The user friendly guidance of the software allows to identify the cause of a loss of efficiency with a few mouse clicks. This makes it possible to find the root cause of errors and corresponding losses of efficiency faster and applying appropriate counter measures in order to improve the OEE.

The most important qualities:

  • Loading of data from many, globally located plant controls
  • Flexible filtering
  • Efficient navigation, from the overview to the root cause of a problem within few mouse clicks
  • Access to recent as well as archived data
  • Pre-configured and individually combinable views
  • Quick overview of the execution of the last jobs

Employed Technologies:

  • Microsoft .NET 4.0 , WPF, WCF (used for asynchronous requests; among other uses)
  • Telerik WPF Controls
  • Visual Studio 2012

Website of the manufacturer: Schubert Anlagencockpit