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Data center

This trans-regional data center was newly constructed to expand one of Europe’s most secure, cutting-edge data centers. As a rule, data center operators have extraordinarily high demands regarding buildings, infrastructure, security, reliability, and availability. A comprehensive concept was designed to included HVAC systems, fire protection, and access control. Each sub-section is covered by its own system solution. The various solutions are brought together and monitored in a central security management system. This data center chose the Siemens Siseco CC central security management system

to integrate the fire alarm system, the safety systems, and the building automation system. The Siseco CC agent –designed by us especially for this project – and the ESPA 4.4.4 agent are used to send alarm messages from each sub-section to the respective employees: by text message (via GSM terminals) or by e-mail.  If necessary, the responsible fire department is also alerted automatically. If only technical alarm messages are pending, the fire department is not alerted.

Tobacco manufacturer

Safety and quality are the top priority for a renowned tobacco company. A perfectly controlled production environment is the prerequisite for flawless goods of the highest quality. The Siseco CC building management system integrates and monitors the fire alarm, access, and HVAC systems. Additionally, numerous relevant data points from the various systems are continuously recorded and analyzed. If any malfunctions or deviations occur, the technicians are

notified by text message, e-mail, pager (TelePage Suisse), or phone. They receive all the information needed to directly assess the type and severity of the fault, and can take action immediately. Another safety feature is the in-house conference server. In an urgent situation, an employee places an emergency call to a central number. Simultaneously the conference server notifies all subscribers and connects them to a standby telephone conference.

Integration and virtualization

A large insurance company wanted utmost flexibility to integrate existing systems in a comprehensive safety and building management system.  Fire and burglar alarm systems, video surveillance, access control, and building automation were all integrated in Siseco CC. To prevent malfunctions, all systems were put through their paces using a testing system. Next, a reference system was used to model day-to-day situations.

After passing both tests, the system was transferred to the productive environment. To ensure security and flexibility, all systems run in virtual ESX environments. The Alarm Control Center helped realize the challenge of various redundancy levels. All subscribers – service personnel as well as building technicians – are alerted by the Alarm Control Center via text message.

Automotive

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Final assembly

In complex production processes, time is of the essence – minutes or even seconds can make the difference between productivity and downtime. At a major car manufacturer’s final assembly line, the task was to call in a skilled worker as soon as a bottleneck develops. The member of the expert team who can address the problem right away is notified via his DECT telephone and is on site almost immediately.

The process control system Siemens Sicalis PMC transmits the messages to the Alarm Control Center, which then forwards them via a HiPath telephone system. This enables 60 alarm messages to be sent simultaneously. For backup purposes, the alarm management system has a redundant design, featuring two ACC servers. This also distributes the load

Energy

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Pumped-storage power plant

A Bavarian pumped-storage power plant needed modernization: In addition to the electrical equipment upgrade, the plant’s control system was removed and replaced by a Siemens T3000. The power plant has been integrated in the regional utility company’s network and is centrally controlled without permanent supervision. It takes just 90 seconds for the power plant to reach total capacity. And, thanks to the control system, it has remote black-start capability. Should alarms occur, the control system forwards them via text

message and speech output. On his Android smartphone, the technician in charge will receive the alarm message and additional information. At a glance, he can see exactly where the malfunction took place, whether someone else has already care of it, or whether the message is still active. The Alarm Control Center was a decisive factor for controlling the plant operation without permanent supervision and helps ensure cost-efficient operation day after day.