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: Ergonomics, Features, Command Centers, Pre-Planning, Brief Overview, Xybix vs. Competitors

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: Ergonomics, Design, Command Centers, Pre-Planning

Time Frames for Purchasing Control Room Furniture: Planning Suggestions to Keep In Mind

Posted by Kristen Nielsen on Sep 20, 2019 10:46:37 AM

out of time GIF

Oftentimes, people come to us when they are short on time for their Control Room furniture project. They need furniture and they need it ASAP! Have you thought about what your time frame is? Have you considered all the elements in your timeline such as approvals, sign-off's and more? Oh geeze, maybe this process will take longer then you think? Whip out that watch of yours and let's talk some project timeline details here.

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Topics: Installation Information, Pricing, Command Centers, Pre-Planning

Wait! Don't Waste Those EOY Fiscal Funds - 5 Ways to Update Your PSAP

Posted by Halley Barba on Sep 18, 2019 10:30:05 AM

happy new ... fiscal year?
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Okay, it’s a little premature for that… but, with the end of the fiscal year coming for many states, you might be one of those lucky agencies that has some extra cash laying around. How can you spend that money wisely and show a return on investment for your people and your agency? We'll tell you how; updates, accessories and face-lifts for your consoles and PSAP. 

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Topics: Employee Health, Accessories, Features, Pricing, Dispatch, Command Centers, Pre-Planning

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, Features, Command Centers, Pre-Planning, Featuring a Video or Photo Gallery

Dispatch Furniture Color and Finish Selections: You Have Choices

Posted by Amanda Schwartz on Sep 3, 2019 12:01:53 PM

Xybix Design and Color Selection

Does a car come in only one color? No – so why should your dispatch furniture. Selecting colors and finishes for your new center can be difficult and overwhelming, especially since there are so many different selections. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you choose the right colors and textures for your next furniture project.

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Topics: Installation Information, Design, Dispatch, Command Centers, Pre-Planning, Brief Overview, Architecture

The Biggest Questions Asked in Your Initial Meeting for Command Center Consoles

Posted by Kristen Nielsen on Jul 15, 2019 1:11:37 PM

Taking notesYou’ve scheduled a meeting with your Xybix Representative to discuss new Command Center furniture consoles; here are some recommendations and expectations to ensure you get the most out of your time. Speaking of time, plan to spend an hour to an hour and a half for your initial visit. Including key players such as managers, supervisors, directors, operators, IT, and the architect (if applicable) will help to ensure all concerns and questions are addressed upfront.

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Topics: Features, Pricing, Command Centers, Pre-Planning, Brief Overview, Xybix vs. Competitors

Xybix's Eagle Dispatch Consoles Are Here to Stay: Here's Why.

Posted by Halley Barba on Jul 12, 2019 9:53:01 AM

Xybix Eagle Dispatch Consoles
Xybix’s Eagle Line dispatch consoles have been taking over comm centers and PSAPs for over a year now, but why are these consoles here to stay? Let me help you experience the Eagle Difference.

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Topics: Employee Health, Warranty, Accessories, Features, Dispatch, Command Centers, Xybix vs. Competitors

The Latest Trends in Monitors for 911 Dispatch Communications Centers

Posted by Maria Teruel on Jun 13, 2019 4:58:44 PM

Latest Trends In Monitors for Comm CentersIn the world of dispatch furniture equipment, it’s no secret that in Communications Centers the monitors are getting larger and the CPUs are getting smaller. Now it seems like there are endless options for monitor sizes, and that means new ways to configure them as well. If you’re brainstorming new ways to improve or change your monitor setup, here are 3 trends that we’ve noticed in the field:

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Topics: Design, Accessories, Features, Dispatch, Command Centers

Standing Desks Increase Efficiency & Focus in Casino Security Surveillance

Posted by Kristen Nielsen on Jun 6, 2019 1:42:20 PM

Casino Security SurveillanceCasino floors are like no other place on earth. The flashing lights and winning rings of slot machines. Cocktail servers
all around with smiling faces. The cheers of excitement as someone shouts “red!”
or “black!” Your casino has an energy that can’t be found anywhere else. Because
of all this constant action, you need exceptional security operations.

The recent advancements in technology are astonishing. Cameras can cover every inch of the floor and use facial recognition. Real time text alerts are used to notify staff instantly of a possible threat. It is no secret that constantly upgrading and investing in new technology is a key strategy to keeping your guests and casinos secure and safe.

But what investment is your casino missing?

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Topics: Employee Health, Ergonomics, Utilities, Transportation, & Casinos, Command Centers