Alpiq selected the VSS2X Allocation System and the remotisation of local PCs. In order to ensure maximum security, it was decided to divide the PCs and other system components between two system rooms. Fibre
optics was chosen for the transmission of the PC’s keyboard, mouse, video and audio signals in order to provide space-saving infrastructure.
Solution modularity ensures high flexibility
The system was designed so that users were split among two separate system rooms, practically eliminating the risk of complete system failures due to disasters such as fire or flooding.
Fibre optics was preferred over copper cable to economize on space for building infrastructure. An integrated remote power control module was included to power-up switched off workstations. With this innovation, the administrator can easily switch any PC off and on again via an Internet browser. This simplifies IT support and keeps potential downtimes to a minimum. All users have this same functionality available for their PCs.
A standard and user-friendly workplace environment was defined and implemented throughout the trading floor. A single WEYTEC Multifunctional MK06 Keyboard was deployed at each desk with which traders control both dedicated PCs and shared sources (PCs and TV channels) which are accessible over the WEY Allocation System.
The move was realised during normal operations over a two week period. In total, 75 workplaces were dismantled, re-equipped to accommodate both existing and new components and redeployed together with new desk modules on the trading floor. To reduce the risk of interruptions in trading to a minimum, the moves were carried out in a phased manner according to a pre-defined project plan. Groups of six workplaces were adapted to the new standard so that traders could continue their work throughout the whole process. With the realization of the new trading floor, a modern infrastructure has been created to provide optimum conditions for the further development of European-wide energy trading.