Cologne/Bonn Airport GmbH renews its Network Control Centre

IT Security – First Class Only!

With the objective of ensuring optimum operation, monitoring and supply reliability, Cologne/Bonn Airport GmbH has commissioned IDS GmbH to replace its old control system by the updatable and scalable IDS HIGH-LEIT SCADA system. With a view  to the special requirements of air traffic, Cologne/Bonn Airport GmbH attaches particular importance to a safe and future-oriented solution for their permanently staffed control centre.

Cologne/Bonn Airport covers an area of 1,000 hectares; on this area, the Airport company operates a closed distribution network, in accordance with §110 of the German Energy Law. This distribution network is connected to an upstream network and to a cogeneration plant, distributing an annual energy volume of ca. 85 GWh.

Like the old network control centre, the new one is designed as a redundant structure. It includes four control computers with video screen; from here, staff can monitor and operate all 37 medium-voltage stations. The control computers are connected to the master computers via Ethernet.

Safety First

IT security is of paramount importance in air traffic. The new control system does not only fulfil the BSI requirements on critical infrastructures, but also those of the German Federal Network Agency’s security catalogue and its associated standards for the operators of power grids.

Well Prepared

With the HIGH-LEIT SCADA system, Cologne/Bonn Airport staff are able to calculate the current load on the power grid by means of a load-flow calculation function. Like a traffic light, the grid load is visualized in different colours, thereby enabling staff to respond quickly to overloads.

Additionally, a simulation and control computer will be provided to facilitate training of the airport staff under realistic conditions and for all functions that are used in everyday operation, thereby enabling staff to be prepared for all contingencies.

Current Status

The above-mentioned project is currently going through its planning phase, and is due to be acceptance-tested in the middle of 2020.