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.”
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.