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Different Ways of Purchasing Console Furniture

Posted by Previous Xybix Employee on Mar 29, 2016 5:00:00 AM


Some of you may not know that there are a variety of methods to look into when purchasing dispatch furniture, and agencies have a couple of different options when it comes to paying for it. Traditionally, purchasing console furniture is done by making a large purchase upfront through a purchase order, or PO, but many smaller agencies can struggle to come up with the funds needed to go this route. If you are one of these agencies, it may be time to look for alternative purchasing options.

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Topics: Buying, Purchasing

How to Hit a Home Run with Acoustics in Your Comm Center:

Posted by Previous Xybix Employee on Jul 29, 2015 10:27:16 AM

The winner of this year’s home run contest, Todd Frazier. By NewJack984 (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

This past week I was sitting at home flipping through the TV channels, and I found myself involved in the first round of the Home Run Derby contest. The rules to this game are very simple; the players hit as many home runs as they can in a specific amount of time, and the players with the most home runs move onto the next round. It sounds simple, right? However, the further the players advance, the more tired they become, and I can only imagine what the players’ arms feel like when it gets down to the final two contestants..                        

As the rounds moved along, I really began watching and listening to the sounds of the game. The sound of the ball coming off of the wooden bat had such a nice “crack” or “knock" to it. (The cheering from the crowd as the ball cleared the fence was another sound in itself.)

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Topics: Acoustics

Acoustics: Your Comm Center Could be Missing This Critical Function

Posted by Previous Xybix Employee on May 15, 2015 12:50:26 PM

AcousticsWhen we design a communications center or upgrade our current, are we really putting in the time to look at what we can do to give our center the best acoustical advantage or is this more of an afterthought?

A 911 emergency call center is the "center of the universe" when a high profile call comes in. The caller and the dispatcher will be forever linked in their conversation. This conversation might be played over and over for many years to come. Criminal cases can be won or lost based on the clarity of a 911 tape. Family members and friends longing for closure are able to recieve this with a clear 911 recording of a call. The 911 dispatch team can breathe a sigh of relief knowing they did their job to the best of their abilities and it is available for the world to hear with a clear 911 recording.

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Topics: Acoustics

The Best Way to Measure and Design Your Comm Center

Posted by Previous Xybix Employee on Feb 24, 2015 4:02:53 PM

Xybix Initial Design Process

Learn how Xybix gathers details through the initial measurement process to create a custom professional design layout of your comm center. Proper and accurate room dimensions and measurements will ensure the correct fit and placement of your furniture within your space while adhering to ADA clearances and fire codes. 

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Topics: Design

Top 7 Dispatch Console Furniture Features Everyone Wants for Christmas

Posted by Previous Xybix Employee on Dec 23, 2014 10:03:35 AM

DispatchChristmasWhen you start thinking about your 911 Comm Center and those little things you'd really like, you might start to come up with a wish list. Let's face it, everyone has a wish list! The focus is usually on the basics: height adjustable workstations, monitor mounting, cable management, and CPU storage. You've been good all year, right? So ask yourself - what about those little extras on your wish list? What do you really 'want for Christmas?'

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Topics: Treadmill and Bike Desks, Dispatch Consoles, Human Interest, Germs, Accessories

Alternatives to a Dispatch Furniture RFP: Why Purchasing Contracts Can Be a Win-Win

Posted by Previous Xybix Employee on Aug 14, 2014 10:24:00 AM

WINWINRFPDispatchFurnitureWhen public safety agencies upgrade their communication centers, they often need (or want) to replace their existing console furniture, as well. Because of state, federal and local laws, many comm center managers put out a Request for Proposal (RFP) or an Invitation for Bid (IFB) to get the process started. But, that isn’t always necessary. If local laws allow, there are several purchasing contracts that you may be able to use instead. 

Purchasing from a contract, or piggy-backing is often easier than creating an RFP or going out to BID, it also creates a WIN-WIN situation for the purchasing agency. The two contracts described below help create this WIN-WIN scenario by allowing state and government agencies to purchase directly from a pre-approved, reputable supplier without having to go out to bid.  

Here are two common contracts, and the benefits of using them over an RFP or IFB.

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Topics: Buying, Purchasing, RFP

Why Does BIFMA Certification Matter to 911 Dispatch Centers?

Posted by Previous Xybix Employee on Jun 27, 2014 2:51:00 PM

XybixBIFMAIf you’re planning to invest in new furniture for your dispatch or communications center, there’s one major attribute that you might be looking for above any others: reliability. But how will you know if a furniture manufacturer offers products that are safe and long-lasting? One simple way is by seeking out the BIFMA stamp of approval.

Here is a quick overview of this important certification and why it matters for your 911 Dispatch Center:

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Topics: Buying, Dispatch Consoles, Value, Test Results

Improving Comm Center Acoustics: 4 Common Questions (and Expert Answers)

Posted by Previous Xybix Employee on May 15, 2014 1:41:10 PM

XybixAcousticsCommCenter1. Why are acoustics important in a communications center?

No one likes to unintentionally eavesdrop on colleagues’ conversations — whether it’s work-related or personal. But in some office environments, noise travel fast, allowing you to hear other employees’ voices and movements from across the room, whether you want to or not. These undesirable sounds not only affect employees’ productivity, but also decrease privacy.

A room that is considered “loud”, “reverberant”, or “echoey” generally needs additional sound-absorption solutions. Workplaces designed with acoustics in mind will help absorb, block and cover sound by utilizing a combination of products. While successful acoustical design won’t eliminate noise completely, it will lessen it, allowing comm center employees to work more efficiently and effectively.

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Topics: Acoustics

Interior Designers: The Key to Public Health, Safety & Welfare

Posted by Previous Xybix Employee on Apr 8, 2014 4:21:13 PM

XybixInteriorDesignFirst things first, What Is Interior Design?

The history of interior design dates back thousands of years. Evidence shows that cave walls were painted with detailed representations of animals and plants. Egyptians decorated their homes with painted vases and handmade sculptures. And the Greeks used mosaic floors and wall paintings to embellish their interiors, even establishing strict guidelines for building construction.

Interior design is the art of planning and overseeing the design and execution of architectural interiors. This may sound simple, however, there are countless details to consider when designing interior spaces, such as adjacency requirements, environmental impacts, furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E), and finish selections, along with the fundamental principles of design: balance, emphasis, rhythm, proportion and scale, harmony and unity. The way these details and principles are combined and interact create the overall design of a space.

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Topics: Design, Pre-Installation

Poor Indoor Air Quality Can Be a Costly Health Concern for 911 Dispatchers

Posted by Previous Xybix Employee on Mar 19, 2014 4:30:00 PM

IndoorAirXybixDid you know that people spend approximately 90% of their time indoors? Did you know the air inside your 911 Comm Center can be 2 to 5 times more polluted than the air outside? YIKES! Indoor air quality(IAQ) affects your health and that is why improving the air quality in your facility is so important.  

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Topics: Health, Indoor Air Quality

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