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A 911 Dispatchers Survival Guide to APCO 2018: Tips and Scheduling

Posted by Kathleen Utley on Jul 17, 2018 4:31:45 PM

Tips from an expert

  • 2018 APCOIt’s going to be a long day. No matter how you dice it. The days you are in Vegas are going to be looooong. Be prepared. Bring some waters and some snacks. No one likes a hangry person. Not to mention, usually the nearest place for food is a good ½ mile away.

  • The expo hall is big! And it's going to be far away from your hotel room, even if you are staying at the host hotel, so bring comfy shoes, bring a couple pairs. Swap out your shoes. If you ever see me coming or going from a APCO, NENA or Navigator, I usually have on sneakers or flip-flops, that way I can easily change into my work shoes when I arrive. (If you’re from somewhere where there is snow, this is a common practice as an elementary aged child. You’d wear your snow boots to school and change into your sneakers for the day and then back into your boots for recess and going home. Same concept here.)
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Topics: QUICK TIPS, Buying, Dispatch Consoles, APCO

Crushing it. Yeah! Collision Detection and Your Dispatch Console Furniture

Posted by Ellie Bittourna on Jul 5, 2018 3:19:46 PM

Crushing it - Collision Detection Dispatch Furniture ConsolesDid you know that most dispatch furniture desks you purchase should come with a collision detection system? This feature is integral to lengthening the life of your furniture while ensuring your dispatchers and equipment stay safe. Ask your furniture manufacturer, if your desks have collision detection. It shouldn't be a costly add-on. In most recent models, the collision detection is built into the lift columns that raise and lower the desks. This ensures greater detection and sensitivity toward collisions with objects.

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Topics: Height Adjustable Workstations, Dispatch Consoles, Standing Desks, Features

Times They Are A-Changin': Shopping for Dispatch Furniture Has Too!

Posted by Kathleen Utley on May 24, 2018 11:20:52 AM

SmarterBuyingThe way we buy...well just about anything, has changed. With websites offering quick service and simple shopping like Amazon, grocery delivery services like “Click-List” and of course there is Uber, there is no wonder why we've changed. We have all changed how we shop, buy and research products. Hello instant gratification! But what about those big purchases, a new car, a home or a vacation? Well, that part hasn’t changed much and neither has shopping for dispatch furniture.

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Topics: QUICK TIPS, Purchasing, Installation, Dispatch Consoles, Warranty, Due Diligence

Dispatch Furniture Proposals: How Soon is Too Soon?

Posted by Maria Teruel on May 11, 2018 8:51:37 AM

giphy-downsized22When is the right time to start thinking about getting dispatch furniture proposals? The short and simple answer to this question is, that it all depends. Every state (really every Comm center) has a unique purchasing system that usually drives the speed at which you can get new dispatch consoles. Workstations are typically replaced once every 10–15 years. If you are in charge of getting the new workstations, it might be the first and last time you buy furniture with your agency. If you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry; most people aren’t too experienced at buying dispatch furniture.

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Topics: QUICK TIPS, Buying, Purchasing, Pre-Installation, Dispatch Consoles, Workstation Planning

Ergonomics Standards for 911 Dispatch - Here's What's Missing

Posted by Ken Carson on May 4, 2018 2:59:09 PM

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When it comes to sitting at a desk all day,
nothing matters more than comfort and 
functionality. In order to make consumers happy, furniture manufacturers strive to make comfortable products that meet the latest ergonomic standards. This is an obvious goal of any furniture company, but where do these standards come from?

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Topics: Ergonomics, Dispatch Consoles, Workstation Planning, Due Diligence

How Long Does It Take to Get New Dispatch Consoles?

Posted by Chelsea Kimbrough on Apr 6, 2018 12:09:31 PM

How long does it take to get new dispatch consoles?The idea of getting a new communications center, getting upgrades at your current center, or remodeling can be exciting, but there is also a lot to take into consideration. Typically, a comm center remodel involves several components, such as installing new flooring, painting the walls, implementing new CAD systems, finding new monitors, and of course, getting new dispatch consoles.

7 Steps to getting new dispatch consoles

As you can see, there are quite a few moving parts involved in revamping a comm center. During this process, it’s natural to want to plan around a time frame estimate. A question we are frequently asked is "how long does it take to get new dispatch consoles"? To help  answer this, I’ll map out the typical timeline we use at Xybix, starting from the beginning.

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Topics: Buying, Purchasing, PSAP Workstation Furniture, Design, Dispatch Consoles, Workstation Planning

The RFP Easy Buy Button for Dispatch Console Furniture

Posted by Cher Ice on Mar 28, 2018 12:35:00 PM

EasyButton.gifDoes the RFP process stress you out? Do you wish there was a faster way to the "easy" project highway? If you haven’t heard of HGACBuy, you may be missing out on a way to make your life much more simple.

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Topics: Purchasing, Dispatch Consoles

Dispatch Console Trends for 2018

Posted by Kathleen Utley on Feb 9, 2018 4:32:45 PM

giphy-downsized (25).gifWhile I can’t predict the future, I have seen a few trends develop in the dispatch console and furniture arena over the last 7+ years in the industry. I can’t tout that I know everything, but I have picked up on a few things just by listening and paying attention.

A new year is a great time to make note of any recent changes in the industry, as it’s a time when everyone is focused on advancement and improvement. Based on what I’ve personally noticed, here are four dispatch console trends I've seen:

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Topics: Dispatch Consoles

Dispatch Furniture for 911: What is a Slatwall?

Posted by Ken Carson on Feb 2, 2018 3:53:45 PM

giphy-downsized (24).gifYou may hear the term “slatwall” being used to describe part of your furniture, but what exactly is slatwall? What does it do for your dispatch furniture?

The slatwall panel was originally designed to serve as shelving in a retail store so that retail workers could hook merchandise onto the wall. Slatwall panels are made up of rows of dovetail-shaped slots, and they are designed so that items can be hooked into the slots and hung from the slatwall. The most common use of slatwall in the 911 Public Safety industry is to hang monitors. A panel is usually mounted at the back of the monitor surface, and it moves up and down with the height adjustment of that surface.

Slatwall has also been adapted to be used on dispatch consoles due to Xybix creating and patenting RollerVision, which is a monitor mount with focal depth adjustment.

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Topics: Dispatch Consoles, Accessories

Customizing Your Cabinetry for 911 Comm Centers & Office Spaces:

Posted by Ellie Bittourna on Dec 15, 2017 3:45:32 PM

Custom Storage Unit 1.jpgYou've received the "go-ahead" to start planning a project to get new workstations in your 911 Comm Center. You begin by researching possible console suppliers, or you might already have a vendor in mind. After you’ve done your research on the consoles themselves, you begin to weigh your options, but...have you thought of everything? One thing to consider that is sometimes overlooked is the addition of custom cabinetry and office solutions. If you are able to customize your console, why can't you customize your cabinetry and offices as well?

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Topics: Buying, Dispatch Consoles, Accessories

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