Ken Carson

Ken Carson
As one of the owners at Xybix, Ken joined the Xybix team right after graduating from the University of Denver in 1993. With a degree in International Studies and no knowledge of furniture or dispatch Ken hopped in with both feet. With an always growing passion for the industry, Ken was able to learn a little bit of everything and has helped Xybix grow into the company it is today.

Recent Posts

WFH Radiology Done Right

Posted by Ken Carson on Sep 10, 2020 11:58:12 AM

 

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Topics: Purchasing, Design, Dispatch Consoles, Human Interest, Workstation Planning, Performance

Ergonomic Design: Protecting Your Eyes, Neck, & Shoulders

Posted by Ken Carson on Aug 21, 2020 7:51:52 AM

 

 



Last weekend, I traveled to California for a wedding and drove a rental car. The whole time I was there, I couldn’t quite get the seat and headrest adjusted comfortably—at least not while still seeing out the window to drive. I ended up sitting through the wedding with a crick in my neck, pining for the memory seats in my car.

This served as a stark reminder of the importance of ergonomics. Our work environments need to be designed for the human factor to prevent injury, decrease muscle fatigue and increase productivity. Good design can do everything from preventing repetitive stress injuries and eye strain to solving trip hazards and keeping employees alert and engaged.

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Topics: Purchasing, Design, Dispatch Consoles, Human Interest, Workstation Planning, Performance

Timeless Colors Bring Command Centers to Life

Posted by Ken Carson on Aug 11, 2020 3:29:32 PM

 

 

Yes, sometimes black-and-white will capture the moment so nicely, but the reality is, we’ve been thriving on color since the 1960s. Color TV! Color photos! Color movies! And now all our digital devices record and relate the world in millions of colors.

We Americans love color for how it looks. Amber waves of grain. Purple mountain majesties. And we love color for the meaning. Red light stop. Green light go. We love how color make us feel. Calming blues, optimistic yellows, disciplined grays.

What we don’t love is selecting colors. In a world where Benjamin Moore alone sells 150+ shades of white, how do you even know where to start? And even if you’re able to pick the perfect white paint, what about the furniture, artwork and accent colors? Today’s muted gray looks are 10 years away from looking as dated as the teal and mauves of the 1980s.

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Topics: Purchasing, Design, Dispatch Consoles, Human Interest, Workstation Planning, Performance

Man vs. Machine: Great Designs Come from Great Designers

Posted by Ken Carson on Aug 4, 2020 11:36:13 AM

 

 

Back in 1996, chess champion Garry Kasparov beat IBM’s Deep Blue chess-playing machine and we thought it was a triumph of humanity over technology. And then, a year later, Deep Blue wins. Could the world of The Terminator be coming true?

 

The reality is that humans were behind the artificial intelligence (AI) that allowed Deep Blue to win. And I see that in our work here at Xybix every day. The artificial intelligence from our technologies helps our ASID-affiliated interior designers communicate, but it’s their experience and creativity that brings your vision to life. It’s the human element that allows us to design workspaces that are functional, efficient and inspiring.

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Topics: Purchasing, Design, Dispatch Consoles, Human Interest, Workstation Planning, Performance

Will It Fit? Working with Design Pros on Dispatch Console Configuration

Posted by Ken Carson on Jul 28, 2020 11:06:30 AM

 

It’s all in how you see the column. Some see a column in the middle of the room—that pesky support column holding up the building—as a showstopper. Professional interior designers see it as an interesting challenge to solve.

“As designers, we care about our clients and want to see them succeed,” says Emily Houston, NCIDQ, a Xybix interior designer. “This includes devising creative solutions to barriers like columns as we work to make the best use of space for the organization.”

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Topics: Purchasing, Design, Dispatch Consoles

WARNING: Know These 3 Things Before You Touch That Sanitizing Wand

Posted by Ken Carson on Jul 7, 2020 8:31:49 AM

 

"I cannot stress enough that these specifically designed UVC light sources are not safe for humans or pets.”

Ultraviolet light (UVC) sanitizing wands are flooding the COVID-cleaning market, and I’m more than a little concerned. Touted as a means of cleaning COVID19 germs out of… everything (your workstation, office, skin), here's what's even more unsettling. Sellers of these "magic wands" are advertising relentlessly to mission-critical facilities, including dispatch and command and control centers.

Before you even touch a UVC sanitizing wand, read this.

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Topics: Cleaning, COVID, PlexiGuard

Wood vs. Steel-construction: 5 Common Claims

Posted by Ken Carson on Jun 15, 2020 8:16:50 AM


If you’re shopping for new consoles for your 24/7 operations area, you’ve likely heard a lot of mixed messages about wood vs. steel-construction workstations. Why so much conflicting information? Because the best console manufacturers, including Xybix, invest heavily in their manufacturing infrastructures for the products they know are high quality.

So how do you sort through the myriad claims out there and, most important, choose the right materials and products for your operations center or control room? Read on as we address five common, often misleading, claims about wood components in control room consoles—and uncover the truth.

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Topics: Design, Warranty, Durability, Performance, Features

How Important Is the Lift Capacity of a Dispatch or Command Center Console? (NEW VIDEO)

Posted by Ken Carson on Jun 4, 2020 9:36:32 AM

WeightCapacity.jpgWhen you're shopping for a new dispatch or command center console, you want to get something that will hold up to the abuse of a 911 dispatch center. Let’s face it; 24/7 use is tough on any equipment. The actual furniture itself takes even more abuse with the constant physical contact.

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Topics: Dispatch Consoles

Mission-Critical Operations Require Change in the Post-Pandemic World: My Top 7 Predictions

Posted by Ken Carson on Apr 17, 2020 9:43:20 AM

 

There’s been plenty of talk about what the world will look like post-pandemic. This includes non-essential folks returning to work—and a new reality for mission-critical operations who never stopped working. I see several specific and tangible solutions, some involving cloud technologies, that will likely serve mission-critical infrastructure in the immediate future and beyond.

Here are my top seven predictions, working from the small-scale ideas to the large.

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What is the cost of an Imaging Desk?

Posted by Ken Carson on Mar 6, 2020 3:16:33 PM

 

Your top 3 price questions, answered

Most radiologists know the advantages of doing their work at a high-quality, height-adjustable workstation. The best radiology furniture not only delivers optimum comfort for doctors during long hours; it supports an ideal workflow and enables greater collaboration among the team.

So, what does a new radiology desk cost? We’ll cut straight to the chase here, followed by key considerations to help you maximize the furniture investment you make for the long term. 

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Topics: PACS Radiology Workstation Furniture, Buying, Purchasing, Imaging Desks, Telemetry Desks, Healthcare Command Center, Healthcare, Radiology, Telemetry