The primary offering of Hitachi Energy includes automated power supply systems to meet the needs of power plants and industry as well as infrastructure and logistics. Together, Hitachi Energy and Gofore have been developing the usability of the MicroSCADA Pro automation system for several years. When the cooperation started, it was decided that the user and the user’s needs would be at the core of the entire operation.
The cooperation kicked off with research into the needs and expectations of employees in the target group. Extensive user interviews were conducted to ensure excellent functionality. The research was used to create personas that depicted the users of the system, which were then utilised in the design of the user interface.
The director and the shift manager of the factory will use the system in different situations and for different purposes: that is why their user interfaces will be different. The information architecture of the user interface was updated during the project, and in addition, its interactive functionalities and visuals were redesigned based on feedback.
The MicroSCADA Pro system offers Hitachi Energy’s customers an easy-to-use user interface that is compatible with most devices for control room operators in power plants, for example. “The system is flexible enough to adapt to foreseeable user needs and expectations,” says Senior UX Designer Miika Mikkola from Gofore.
The same system is in use both at the Vuosaari Harbour distribution of energy and remote control and the lighting control of the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.
Mikael Molander, Product Manager, Hitachi Energy – Automation Products
Extensive user interviews to ensure excellent functionality
Different interfaces for different users
Redesign of the interactive functionalities and visuals