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

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

How much does a dispatch console or dispatch workstation cost?

Posted by Ken Carson on Mar 6, 2020 2:30:05 PM

3 Big Cost Questions, Answered

There’s been much written about dispatch furniture: why you need it, the health benefits and more. But let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. If you’re just starting out as a purchaser of PSAP furniture, your first question is going to be, how much does it cost?

Read on for answers to this and other FAQs regarding dispatch furniture pricing.

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Topics: Buying, Purchasing, PSAP Workstation Furniture, Price, Dispatch Consoles, Cost

DistribuTech 2020: A Review of Control Room Consoles

Posted by Ken Carson on Feb 5, 2020 4:21:35 PM

DistribuTech is the largest power grid technology conference in the U.S.

Transformation is the name of the game in the electric power industry, and that fueled the energy, so to speak, at DistribuTech 2020 last week in San Antonio.

New solutions and a flood of blow-your-mind innovations in AI (artificial intelligence) are powering the heightened needs in the utilities industry. But one thing is clear: it is and always will be the people who are making it happen. They are the gatekeepers who keep us safe and keep the machine running in the command and control centers of today.

I was reminded of this a few days ago when I received a text notification from my utility provider that the power was out in my neighborhood and would be back on in one hour. This minute-to-minute monitoring typically occurs in the NOC (network operations center), and this is the part of the process I love.  

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Topics: Command Center Console Furniture, Standing Desks, Operation Centers, Operations Centers, Communications Center, Command & Control

Trends for 2020 in Command Center Console Design

Posted by Ken Carson on Oct 4, 2019 4:39:42 PM

Xybix Command Center Consoles
TOC and NOC centers are among the many names for a operations command center which manages information from outside of the room. As new technology comes into this industry and new room design ideas are created, your command center design will change. For 2020, how can your room layout/design be more responsive and adapt to the fast pace technology and communications changes that are headed your way?
 

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Topics: Command Center Console Furniture, Standing Desks, Operation Centers, space planning, room layout, Command & Control

Facts about "Wasted Space" in a 911 Dispatch Center

Posted by Ken Carson on Sep 12, 2019 2:09:25 PM

 
Ever heard the term "wasted space"? Typically you'd hear this term in reference to the usable vs unusable space around a dispatch console. Often this is term is intermingled with a console footprint. Which is how much space a console or workstation does or does not take up in a room. Why is this important?   

Some console manufacturers claim to have eliminated wasted space with a linear design, when they have just moved it in different locations on the console.  No matter what you will still have some wasted space in the design of the console and then in the design of the room.   

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Topics: Design, Square Footage, Workstation Planning, space planning, Storage, Communications Center, Resources

HAPPY Birthday Xybix! 28 Years Later...

Posted by Ken Carson on Jun 27, 2019 4:44:14 PM

 

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Topics: Human Interest

Making Dispatch Furniture Bids & RFP's Work For Your 911 Comm Center

Posted by Ken Carson on Mar 20, 2019 4:50:45 PM

RFPs for 911 dispatchWhen it is time to purchase your new furniture for your 911 center, often a City or County has a purchasing department with rules to determine if such a purchase needs to go out to bid or can be bought directly. So, what exactly is a "bid"?   

The word "bid" seems to be used as a generic term for a competitive purchasing process.  We hear the word "bid" used in Request for Proposal or RFP or an Invitation to Bid IFB. These are two very different ways to create a competitive purchasing process.   

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Topics: Purchasing, RFP

KISS - Simple Electrical Tips for Powering New 911 Workstations

Posted by Ken Carson on Feb 14, 2019 3:54:09 PM

Valentines Day Love GIF by Evan M CohenA question we often hear is, "do we have enough power for the new workstations?".  This question can actually be split into two categories:  Live cut over and new building.

New buildings are pretty easy as the architect and the electrical engineer should have already specified enough power after consulting with the radio vendor, phone, and used best practices.   

A Live Cut Over is usually pretty simple but some knowledge base of what works will make the installation of your new furniture workstations go better. Here is some simple electrical information that you'll find helpful.

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Topics: Electric Requirements

Budgeting & Costs Associated with Console Furniture - Make Sure You Don't Get Fed To The Sharks!

Posted by Ken Carson on Feb 1, 2019 4:57:23 PM

hustling shark tank GIFIf you are in the beginning of shopping for new dispatch console furniture in your 911 center a great first question is, how much do they cost?  After all, you will need to plan a budget about a year in advance and get the most accurate pricing. If you don't budget enough, you may not be able to get all of the features and options you want. If you ask for too much you may not get the project approved.   

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Topics: Buying, Purchasing, Price, Dispatch Consoles, Warranty, Value, Features, Cost

The Best Long-Term ROI for your Dispatch Furniture Consoles

Posted by Ken Carson on Jan 4, 2019 4:13:11 PM

Good Investment - Dispatch FurnitureIf you're getting ready to purchase Dispatch Console Furniture, you will want to know that you are getting the best value or return on your investment (ROI). This is critical information for your your team and your taxpayers. Here is a quick guide on what to look for to make sure you are getting the most ROI for your dispatch consoles. 

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Topics: QUICK TIPS, Buying, Purchasing, Warranty, Value, Test Results, Due Diligence, Durability