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ABB places well-being of Control Room operators centre stage with latest digital solution

ABB is launching a new digital solution as part of its ABB Ability unified, cross-industry digital offer. The new solution will provide Security Control Room operators with direct insights into their own environmental conditions, allowing them to adjust those conditions according to their individual preferences.

The result is what ABB describes as “a complete micro environment that adapts to each individual’s needs and is achieved through the measurement and grading of factors such as air quality, temperature, lighting, environment and humidity”.

Operators also receive information on factors such as how long they’ll-being. That being so, they can reduce the risk of potential health problems such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and obesity which not only benefits the operator, but also helps to reduce the level of absence due to sickness within a business.

“At ABB, we really understand the crucial role an optimised Control Room environment has for a business,” explained Pierre Skönnegård, ABB’s global product manager for Control Room solutions. “The wrong environment can lead to human error that can cost a business dearly. In fact, 40% of all industrial downtime is due to operator errors caused by fatigue. By creating the right environment, this new solution will go a long way towards addressing the problem.”

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A pilot project using the new application is already underway at the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) and it will be rolled out globally in the first quarter of 2019.

“Operator well-being in the Control Room is a key element for consideration in project development.” stated Larisa Rizvanovic, senior scientist at RISE. “We will be exploring this new digital solution from ABB with our industrial partners such that they can also maximise the benefits it brings for their operators.”

The solution offers the possibility of creating a number of preferences and personal settings at any workstation, making it ideal for those businesses where there is shift working and also for those running a 24/7 Control Room operation.

Optimised light in the Control Room space, for example, decreases the risk of workers developing eye problems. The right balance between the monitors and the surrounding lights is crucial and can now easily be monitored and adjusted. The cloud-based application works in synergy with many other ABB Ability solutions, and provides a platform for information which can be shared between systems in the near future.

The consolidation and analysis of the collected data stored in the cloud is presented on a well-being/safety dashboard. Data is ranked automatically according to important standards such as ISO 11064. Specific business-related KPIs can be determined in relation to human factors and ergonomics.

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Bulgaria’s prime security provider SOT chooses Winsted for Control Room furniture project

Control Room furniture developer Winsted has been chosen to equip a stunning new Control Room on behalf of Bulgaria’s leading security provider SOT 161.

Specialising in the delivery of a highly professional and focused range of security services, SOT is Bulgaria’s largest security provider. The company’s 4,500 security staff protect more than 85,000 sites across the country, all of which are managed centrally from the National Operations Centre in Sofia.

The National Operations Centre runs on a 24/7, 365 days a year basis and monitors the assets of numerous companies and properties, including Embassy residencies, Government buildings, banks, High Street stores, sports facilities, hotels, car dealerships, offices and ATMs.

SOT realised that the company’s staff had to be able to operate effectively in the Control Room as this is a major factor when it comes to influencing the response time and outcome of incidents. An ergonomic solution was a must.

Winsted was invited to provide ideas for the Control Rooms’ furniture requirements and duly produced computer-aided design (CAD) drawings and colour renders giving a complete visualisation of the project.

The SOT Control Room

The SOT Control Room

While great importance was given to workstations having an optimum ergonomic design, the use of space and aesthetics were also important considerations in selecting the correct console design and space layout for the Control Room.

Winsted proposed and delivered a solution based on a Prestige Sight-Line console, with a stand-alone M-View media wall selected for its modern aesthetics within a contemporary environment. Console design allows for 19” rack-mounted electronic equipment, while Winsted’s Versa-Trak display mounting system affords ergonomic comfort and ‘adjustability’.

Combined with VESA-compliant brackets, Versa-Trak has enabled screens to be easily attached and provides horizontal and vertical adjustability for optimal viewing angles and sight lines for the operating staff.

Also incorporated into the console design is an enhanced cable management system consisting of a large dual-cable raceway hidden inside the console, in turn keeping all cables hidden from view but easily accessible.

“The aim of the new Control Room was to create a solution that meets current requirements while at the same time affording flexibility for future extension needs,” commented Darren Allen, Winsted’s European sales manager. “Combined with the modern interior, the console design really does give the space a ‘wow’ factor.”

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