Workplace Cabling in the Control Room

Customer: Swiss Federal Railways, SBB AG, Switzerland
Project: Olten operations control center, 2014
Application: Network for rail operations control center with a special solution for workplace connections in the control room. Use of Cat. 6A connection modules, Cat. 7 cable and R&M VARIOline for the FO backbone.

Challenge
SBB required a specific system solution for the network of the new operations control center in Olten. The control room with up to 100 workplaces was only to contain monitors and input devices. The actual systems and active devices were to be situated on another story to avoid noise and waste heat at the workplaces. Furthermore, the infrastructure would have to be designed in such a way that it could be adapted to suit any coming requirements at any time over several decades.

Solution
The SBB operations control centers are complex facilities for the interregional control of Swiss rail traffic. The cabling for controlling the signals and switches as well as for IT and communication technology are correspondingly sophisticated. The requirements for protecting the railway system are as high as for data centers.

The infrastructure of the Olten operations control center with computer rooms, 180 server cabinets, distributors and connecting lines features a redundant design. Backbone and access layer of the data network are based on FO cabling with the pre-terminated R&M VARIOline system. Copper cabling connects the computer rooms with the frontend devices in the control room. For the workplaces, R&M and SBB together developed compact boxes which unite several connections and use the innovative Cat. 6A module. This guarantees immediate signal transmission between input devices, systems and monitors. Telephony is integrated into the data network. The staff can thus handle all communication tasks efficiently.

From left to right: Peter Meier, R&M Switzerland; Jürg Lauber, project lead at the SBB infrastructure telecom division; Hanspeter Digel, project lead at the SBB infrastructure telecom division; Franco Suppa, divisional manager for installations at swisspro AG; Beat Stucki, R&M Switzerland.

From left to right: Peter Meier, R&M Switzerland; Jürg Lauber, project lead at the SBB infrastructure telecom division; Hanspeter Digel, project lead at the SBB infrastructure telecom division; Franco Suppa, divisional manager for installations at swisspro AG; Beat Stucki, R&M Switzerland.

Result
SBB can steam ahead into a new age and develop perspectives for the coming years. With the modern operations control centers, rail traffic can be coordinated more precisely than ever.

The operations control center in Olten now has a network with a 25-year system warranty at its disposal. This helps to master the complex control tasks that are part and parcel of rail traffic. “Working out the specific solution together was of immense benefit to us,” stresses SBB project lead Hanspeter Digel.



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Peter Meier

By Peter Meier

R&M Switzerland