Canada: Hydro One has centralised all their monitoring activities in one state-of-the-art control room with a 250 ft display wall to improve safety and logistics and to keep electricity costs in line.
Hydro One delivers electricity to homes and businesses across the province of Ontario and plays a key role in the entire provincial infrastructure.
From the new control centre, operators can monitor Ontario's 28,400 km high voltage transmission system, which transports electricity to 67 large industrial customers, 55 local distribution companies and Hydro One's own low voltage distribution business.
The 20 ft high and 250 ft long display wall was installed by Evans Consoles – a front-runner in the AV industry with a long track record of projects worldwide. Design engineer at Evans, Matko Papic comments:
- Hydro One wanted to be able to monitor and operate power supply for many different regions from within the same room. And as a result of the new system, the operators can now move from operating one geographic location to another very easily - because all systems, consoles and displays are now the same. The synergy of having all practices under one roof allows for the sharing of ideas and adopting best practice techniques - and it maximizes every operator's situational awareness.
- The benefit for the customers is that their electricity will be moved faster and more reliably and that there will be a reduced chance of errors. Moreover, the cost savings for having all operators in one place will eventually keep the electricity costs in line, says Matko Papic.
The curved display wall comprises 120" dnp New Wide Angle Screens in a 2 x 29 configuration powered by Christie RPMS light engines - each delivering 1,200 ANSI Lumen to the corresponding screen. The viewing angles and distances of the operators are calibrated to optimise the operator comfort. As one example the screens on the upper row have been cut from 130" diagonal screens, which effectively offsets the projector lens, thus increasing vertical viewing angles.
Design engineer at Evans