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How & When Do you Start Planning for Control Room Furniture?

Posted by Gail Gerlesits on Oct 16, 2018 2:16:51 PM

let's go GIF by Ramsey SolutionsIf your control room is finally being renovated or you have a brand new control room on the horizon, there are a TON of items to get in order. It can be difficult knowing what to tackle first. The furniture of the control room is clearly a huge element of the project, but with all of the moving parts you need to address, when should you start planning for the furniture?

The answer is NOW!

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Topics: Command Center Console Furniture, Workstation Planning, Design

How Much Does a Command & Control Room Console Cost?

Posted by Megan Yartz on Sep 21, 2018 4:01:06 PM

howmuchIf you are purchasing something such as a brand new radio or perhaps a new monitor, for the most part, you can lean on Google to compare pricing amongst several different websites, and even make your purchase that same day! But, what about a “custom" ergonomic furniture solution - "How much does a Command & Control Room Console cost?"

“Can you provide a budgetary cost?” Yes, but it will vary depending on the different command and control furniture vendors and which options you can add. To help answer these questions and more, let me walk you through a typical quoting process and what determines the price.

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Topics: Operation Centers, Workstation Planning, Price, Buying, Purchasing, Security Console Furniture, Command Center Console Furniture

When to Consider Updating Your Control Room Consoles (Don't Let Them Go To The Dinosaurs)

Posted by Megan Yartz on Jun 29, 2018 2:42:34 PM

http://www.jurassicworld.com/videos/tension-control-roomEver feel like you are stuck in a scene from The Twilight Zone or Jurassic Park while working a 12-hour shift? Everything is evolving and changing around you, yet somehow you are still stuck behind this massive, uncomfortable, and archaic platform called a control room console.

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Topics: Operation Centers, Command Center Console Furniture

Who Do I Involve in the Process of Planning a New Control Room?

Posted by Gail Gerlesits on Jun 7, 2018 9:48:40 AM

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Whether you’re planning a new control room or revamping your current one, you understandably want the end result to work well for your people. In fact, you probably want them to love it. The goal is obvious, but how do you make sure you get there?

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Topics: Operation Centers, Command Center Console Furniture, Morale

Console Furniture: Should You Upgrade Now, or Should You Wait?

Posted by Megan Yartz on May 15, 2018 4:48:29 PM

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Time and time again, we hear people say, “Well, we may be looking to upgrade our console furniture, but we might be moving into a new building. We will just hold off for now.” Does this sound familiar to you?

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Topics: Casino, space planning, Workstation Planning, Design, Command Center Console Furniture, Security Console Furniture

How Many Monitors Can Fit on a Command Center Console?

Posted by Megan Yartz on Apr 12, 2018 10:27:41 AM

pondering simon rex GIF by Simon Rex  Dirt Nasty-downsizedWith the continuous trend of increasing monitor sizes, a question we are frequently asked is "how many monitors can fit on a row of a command center console?" In command centers, control rooms, and surveillance areas, monitor wall visibility is often critical for an operator’s performance, so you want to try to find the most ideal setup for viewing performance. So, what is the right amount of monitors? It depends on several things.

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Topics: Command Center Console Furniture, Ergonomics, Workstation Planning, Operation Centers, Eye Strain, Security Console Furniture

Healthy Furniture for Command Centers | Neophilia & Neophobia 

Posted by Ken Carson on Feb 9, 2018 2:59:35 PM

Fearofchange.gifRaymond Loewy was a French born industrial designer who made it to America during the 1930s and put his stamp on American culture with iconic designs that are still around today, including the paint scheme on Air Force One and the logo on Shell gas stations. Companies hired him to create successful designs for their businesses, something that would create a lasting symbol of their individual brands.

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Topics: Command Center Console Furniture, Operation Centers, Security Console Furniture, Ergonomics

How Do You Justify Purchasing New Consoles for Your People?

Posted by Gail Gerlesits on Nov 1, 2017 3:20:00 PM

Purchase.gifMaybe you just started in your new role, or maybe you have been with the same company for a long time. Either way, when it’s time to update the command and control center, it’s time. You know it, and your operators also know it. Providing a comfortable, ergonomic environment for your people is the right thing to do. 

It’s important to start with your mindset. Is the purchase of new consoles a cost or an investment? If it is a cost, that will be tricky to justify. I can just hear management say that they already have desks that work, so why would they spend money on that? Instead, try to think of it of as an investment for your people. A more comfortable environment improves the health and performance of your team, which can surely lead to a ROI.

If you’re advocating that new consoles or workstations are an investment for your people, here are some important factors that will help make your case:

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Topics: Buying, Security Console Furniture, Command Center Console Furniture, Performance

Command Centers: Keeping Your People Happy & Motivated

Posted by Gail Gerlesits on Aug 29, 2017 4:07:48 PM

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 Whether you are managing the buses                                                                                          throughout King County in Seattle -
 the flow of traffic in Naples, FL – the
water system at Denver International
Airport – or, the electric grid in Baton
Rouge, LA –
it all comes down to
keeping people safe and things 
working.

The people doing all the manning of our transportation and utilities, your operators and dispatchers, with the onslaught of more smart technology, have more monitors with more information to look at than ever. As the demands of the job increase, how do you ensure your people are healthy and happy at work?

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Topics: Morale, Command Center Console Furniture

How Do You Measure Quality in a Command Center Console?

Posted by Gail Gerlesits on Jun 22, 2017 2:01:43 PM

Quality.jpgThis time of year, many organizations are planning to remodel, upgrade or build a new command center. If this is happening for you, the amount of decisions you need to make for success of the project can seem enormous. One of the decisions may include new consoles, desks and furniture for the project. Now is the time to go for it! The budget approval for your new consoles may be relatively small as compared to the million dollar or so project at hand, but, how it can help your operator’s daily lives is huge.

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Topics: Command Center Console Furniture, Due Diligence, Durability

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