A highly accomplished technical solution, Hanover’s operation and tunnel control centre serves to monitor the operation of Lower Saxony’s seven tunnels. This comprises, amongst others, the Bovenden tunnel, the Butterbergtunnel and Heidberg Gallery. There were particular challenges we needed to meet in order to realise this project’s successful solution. The two main challenges were due to the existing video systems, which not only varied from tunnel to tunnel but partly also suffered from lossy transmission routes.
This meant that our solution had to meet two specific objectives: We had to provide a software solution able to display differing video formats in the control centre and, at the same time, find optimal system configurations for the transmission routes. Furthermore, in some instances it was necessary to handle the operation of analogue matrix switchers, in order to digitise video images using a free video encoder, and to transmit them. The process control system WinCC OA, which was developed by Siemens AG, serves as the operating platform for the operation and tunnel control centre’s monitoring system. Our video managmement system vimacc, which is integrated with WinCC OA provides for the platform’s video management capabilities.
The employment of WinCC OA allows for the monitoring of individual system sections’ conditions, for example as regards the system’s lighting, ventilation or pumps, and their control from the control centre. vimacc, our integrated video management system serves to facilitate the visual analysis of a variety of process states, e.g. smoke formation, road supervision and traffic management as well as general property surveillance.
The operation and control centre is continually in operation. Consequentially, if a support case arises as regards the tunnel control centre’s WinCC OA video component, time is of the essence – which is why we are there to provide swift support when required. Utilising our SCADA video expertise, we continue to provide support for the project up to this very day.