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

It’s Electric! Boogie Woogie Dispatch Workstations

Posted by Maria Teruel on Sep 8, 2017 12:34:38 PM

ElectricBoogie.gifDon’t pretend like you don’t remember the song! Unlike this catchy tune, discussing dispatch workstations electrical requirements can be forgotten about until  a few weeks prior to installation. When you’re  discussing dispatch workstation requirements during initial meetings with your sales manager, it’s important to have IT personnel present, as doing so  will help to make sure you review cabling or electrical requirements. While it might seem too soon to discuss electrical components, especially if you’re in the beginning  phases of budgeting for dispatch workstations, it’s still important to start turning the gears now. Ignoring these questions upfront could incur unwanted costs later in the event you make room changes or need to bring in an electrician.

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Topics: Electric Requirements, Cabling

UPS Power: The Lifeline of 911 Dispatch Centers

Posted by Kelley Smith on May 8, 2014 9:23:17 AM


What is a UPS power source?

An uninterruptible power supply, uninterruptible power source, UPS or battery backup is an electrical unit that provides emergency power to a load when the building power fails. A UPS is very different from auxiliary power or an emergency generator in that it will provide near-instantaneous protection from building power interruptions by supplying power stored in batteries. The-battery runtime of most uninterruptible power sources is relatively short (only a few minutes) but sufficient to start a standby power source or properly shut down your protected equipment.

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Topics: Electric Requirements, Installation, Pre-Installation

Turn Up the Heat in Your Dispatch Center - Safely!

Posted by A Previous Xybix Employee on Apr 25, 2014 12:22:00 PM

DispatchThermostatWhat is the one thing that public safety employees always seem to disagree about in a communications center? Well, there may be more than a few different things on your radar, such as lighting or even a code 7 — can we all agree on a place to eat? 

However, working as a 911 Dispatcher in California, the biggest argument I hear again and again in my center is over the thermostat! Can we turn the heat up? Can we turn it down? There never seems to be a perfect setting to suit all workers.

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Topics: Electric Requirements, Cabling, Dispatch Consoles

LED's Light the Path Forward in Workstation Lighting

Posted by A Previous Xybix Employee on Mar 4, 2014 4:36:00 PM

XybixLightingThe type of workstation lighting you choose can have a dramatic impact on your work environment as well as the overall costs associated with maintaining your workstation into the future. There are a variety of lighting elements to consider when you are looking at updating or replacing your lighting. To begin, we need to briefly discuss the most widely used types of lighting available in today's market. 

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Topics: Health, Purchasing, Electric Requirements, Lighting

R-56 Workstation Grounding in the Dispatch Center - Does your 911 Comm Center have enough grounding?

Posted by Kelley Smith on Feb 14, 2014 2:52:00 PM
Have you ever heard noise in your headset while you are trying to talk on the phone or talk on the radio?

Have you ever touched a metal object and received a shock at your workstation? 

If you answered yes to these questions, you have a grounding issue in your dispatch center.

There are a number of acceptable methods to correctly bond and ground a building, electrical cabling and equipment. The most common misconception about grounding is that, what you currently have for grounding, is good enough. But, there is no such thing as too much grounding

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Topics: QUICK TIPS, Electric Requirements, Grounding