DB Energie Relies on PSI Radio Routers Nationwide

New radio-based communication provides greater reliability and availability

Berlin, 10 December 2019 – In the framework of a comprehensive migration concept of its integrated control system with nine sites, DB Energie GmbH has awarded PSI Software AG with the delivery and implementation of radio routers for the intelligent network connection (INA boxes) and redundant IP-based communication to the more than 400 larger sites.

DB Energie is implementing a new large network control system for the network management tasks of all central switching stations and S-Bahn network control stations and is also building three new central server sites. As part of the migration subproject for all sites, all larger sites will initially be equipped with an IP-based radio router from PSI (INA boxes). The necessary connections to the old and new control system will be subsequently established. Parallel operation will be carried out with complete redundancy and in compliance with cyber security requirements.

The control concept provides for three fully redundant central server sites and a common database managing the entire data model for all the networks. All substations will route their data to the central server sites. In the future, DB's entire traction power supply is to be managed more flexibly from nine control stations with a network-based control system. In addition, system maintenance costs will be significantly reduced and the integration of third-party systems simplified.

In 2018, PSI was already commissioned by DB Energie GmbH to supply a network control system for the renewal of all central switching stations and network control stations on the basis of the PSIcontrol network control system. The PSI system has been used successfully at DB Energie since the beginning of 2000 and has been continuously adapted to the operational requirements.

Based on its own software products, PSI Group develops and integrates complete solutions for optimizing the flow of energy and materials for utilities (energy networks, energy trading, public transport) and industry (mining, metals production, automotive, mechanical engineering, logistics). PSI was founded in 1969 and employs almost 2,000 persons worldwide.