OCP - Open Compute Project
13.12.2017 - Innovative, fully standardised IT architecture cuts investment and operating costs, saves energy and thus helps the environment.
The Netherlands province of South Holland manages and maintains 78 bridges and locks on its network of waterways. It has developed a standardised solution for controlling this infrastructure – for example opening and closing them to enable boats to pass. This solution makes use of various Rittal products. The deployment of modular, easily integrated components enables maintenance partner EPC Groep to guarantee highly reliable operations at low cost.
In 2006, South Holland decided to switch to remote control of its infrastructure to ensure seamless travel for boats on rivers and canals. Step by step, its locks and bridges were connected to a fibre optic network. Electronic operation and remote monitoring is now conducted by five control centres. These employ standardised products, paving the way for cost-effective maintenance, highly reliable control technology, and smooth traffic on waterways. One of the control centres is located in the futuristic Steekterpoort building near the historic Gouwsluis vertical-lift bridge in the town of Alphen aan den Rijn. The facility controls 24 movable bridges across South Holland.
South Holland’s standardised approach extends to the camera systems and sensors, and Rittal’s TS IT racks and LCP cooling units. These products are deployed at all five control centres. This minimises maintenance effort and outages, reducing costs. Additionally, the province has signed a service agreement with Rittal for the timely replacement of sensitive components.
Longevity and eco-friendliness were decisive factors in the selection of the control centres’ IT cooling systems. Tino van As, Project Head of the infrastructure management agency for the province of South Holland explains: “Rittal launched its rack-based LCP cooling units in 2012. We quickly recognised the advantages of this rack-level, energy-efficient approach. But we wanted more – we were looking for ways to make this solution even more durable.” In cooperation with Rittal, a solution was developed that connects directly to a heat recovery system. Data-centre waste heat is leveraged for heating the control centres. This cuts annual power consumption and CO2 considerably.