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It’s Electric! Boogie Woogie Dispatch Workstations

Posted by Maria Teruel on Sep 8, 2017 12:34:38 PM

ElectricBoogie.gifDon’t pretend like you don’t remember the song! Unlike this catchy tune, discussing dispatch workstations electrical requirements can be forgotten about until  a few weeks prior to installation. When you’re  discussing dispatch workstation requirements during initial meetings with your sales manager, it’s important to have IT personnel present, as doing so  will help to make sure you review cabling or electrical requirements. While it might seem too soon to discuss electrical components, especially if you’re in the beginning  phases of budgeting for dispatch workstations, it’s still important to start turning the gears now. Ignoring these questions upfront could incur unwanted costs later in the event you make room changes or need to bring in an electrician.

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Topics: Electric Requirements, Cabling

Dispatch Console Furniture Trends at APCO 2017

Posted by Ken Carson on Aug 23, 2017 11:56:27 AM

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I usually like to do a review on all of the competitors and highlight what was new at APCO 2017. I was busy this year (busy is a good thing), so I didn’t really get to check everything out this year.  

That being said, I still took notice of overall trends that will affect what your dispatch console furniture will look like in the next few years. Here’s my two cents on what to expect in the near future:

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Topics: Buying, Dispatch Consoles, APCO, Computers

A Day in the Life of a 911 Dispatcher

Posted by Marie Athearn on Aug 4, 2017 8:45:10 AM

9 1 1.jpgWe at the Johnson County KS Emergency Communications Center pride ourselves on our operations and the technology we have available to use to do our jobs every day. We provide Fire and EMS services, and are a secondary PSAP, providing 911 call taking and dispatching for fire and medical calls, with certified EMD call takers for medical events. We service 10 fire agencies and 2 ambulance agencies, dispatching and managing resources before, during, and after events.

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Topics: Dispatch Consoles, Human Interest

Xybix’s 3 Helpful Tips if You're Attending APCO 2017

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Jul 28, 2017 10:30:19 AM

APCO DenverAug 13-16th.jpgAs a proud Colorado native, I thought about all of my friends, co-workers and customers who will be coming to APCO 2017 in August. As a ski patroller (during the winter months), I thought that I should make sure they’re prepared. With that being said, if you’re a public safety professional headed to the Mile High City of Denver for the APCO 2017 Conference, this blog has everything you must do!

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Topics: APCO

Is your 911 Comm Center Ready for the Future?

Posted by Ken Carson on Jul 27, 2017 2:33:38 PM

Large 50in Monitor.jpgTechnology is pushing the 911 industry forward. Technological advancement is an important element of helping emergency responders and dispatchers be efficient at their jobs, and because of this, it is always a challenge to keep up with new emerging technologies. Of course the private sector gets the latest in new developments first, and then they work their way into public safety market. What similarly seems to happen is that the digital side of the product pushes the envelope, and afterwards, the hardware side is left to catch up.

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Topics: Monitors, Dispatch Consoles

Thinking About Buying Dispatch Furniture? 6 Signs That Point To YES!

Posted by Chelsea Kimbrough on Jul 19, 2017 9:59:07 AM

Perhaps you’ve been noticing that your current workspace just isn’t what is used to be. Maybe the furniture is beginning to show some breakdown, or perhaps the style is simply outdated and unpleasant to look at. Even worse, maybe your colleagues are hunched over the desks and operating their jobs in uncomfortable positions. And they’re telling you about it. (Image via GIPHY)

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Topics: Buying, Installation, Dispatch Consoles, Due Diligence

Buying A New House vs Buying New Dispatch Consoles

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Jul 14, 2017 3:31:25 PM

NewHouseDispatchConsoles.jpgIf you have ever bought a new house, you know that the house comes basically as a shell. Without knowing it, this probably means that you'll be getting carpet in your kitchen and laminate flooring throughout. As for the carpet, you'll get the choice a hideous shade of gray or an even worse shade of what they call "beige" and a lackluster carpet pad that might as well be non-existent. Anything that would be included and installed as “standard” is often the cheapest of the cheap. You'll have to expand your budget or subtract some common features if you’re even going to start thinking about doing things like changing the paint color or adding hardwood floors. All the sudden that dream home you'd visioned is looking a bit more cloudy.

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Topics: Buying, Dispatch Consoles, Features

How Do I Complete My Room After Shopping for New Dispatch Furniture?

Posted by Ken Carson on Jun 19, 2017 3:27:12 PM

100.pngYou’re right in the middle of shopping for new dispatch furniture, and you realize that you don’t know what to do about all the ancillary storage and furniture in the room. You can’t just keep the old steel HON file cabinets when they are ugly and do not match anything. So how do you complete your room after shopping for dispatch furniture?

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Topics: Dispatch Consoles, Accessories, room layout

Do you have a Pain in the Neck in your Comm Center?

Posted by Eric Parks on Jun 14, 2017 10:54:36 AM

painintheneck.jpgWhen you first read the title of this blog, what were you really thinking? Were you ready to respond with names, or did you answer with just a simple yes or no? Working in a 911 Comm Center myself over the past 25 years, pain is a topic I hear quite frequently. If you or someone you work with suffers from neck pain while working, here is a remedy to address that problem and prevent it from occurring in the future:

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Topics: Ergonomics, Monitors, Eye Strain, Dispatch Consoles

Post Dispatch Furniture RFP: 5 Tips on What to Do Now

Posted by Maria Teruel on May 19, 2017 2:22:35 PM

RFP what to do now.jpgThere are many different avenues out there when purchasing your height-adjustable dispatch workstations and dispatch furniture. Some 911 Comm Centers require a three-quote process, others purchase directly off of state contracts, and some "piggy-back" off of open contracts in their states. If your 911 Comm Center chooses or requires a formal bid process, the journey can be more complicated than you expect! You will have to draft up arequest for proposal (RFP), which often has an addendum or two. Then you also have to think about reviewing and scoring the submittals. Then, when the RFP is closed and the vendor is awarded, you might think, "Hooray! We're in the clear!" Let me put the brakes on that dream wagon; there's still some more work to do.

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Topics: Purchasing, RFP

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