Seamless Installation of Your Workstations: The Live Cutover

Posted by Robin Bond on Mar 19, 2020 3:27:09 PM

Having a solid, cross-functional installation plan for your new workstations is critical for continuation of your mission-critical operations.

Congratulations, you have successfully procured state-of-the-art workstations for your command center or PSAP. While your colleagues in Facilities and Purchasing may start to breathe a sigh of relief, the most critical piece is still ahead: planning and completing installation of your new furniture. Installation of your center's complex communications set-up will take a village, so here’s how “plan your work and work your (cutover) plan” in five steps.  

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Topics: QUICK TIPS, Command Center Console Furniture, Installation, Pre-Installation, Dispatch Consoles, Operation Centers, Healthcare Command Center

How Much Does a Command & Control Room Console Cost?

Posted by Megan Yartz on Mar 6, 2020 2:45:17 PM

Your top 3 pricing questions, answered

The network operation center (NOC) has long been the central nervous system for mission-critical industries including transportation, utilities and casinos. But there’s a new urgency for agencies and businesses to procure state-of-the-art control room furniture.

With rising threats to our key infrastructures—and new technologies emerging in AI and IoT to meet growing demands—the control room operator’s job has never been so critical, nor complex. The control room operators of today need the right tools and access, along with state-of-the-art ergonomic design to increase comfort and minimize workplace injuries.

So what’s all this gonna cost, you ask? Some will say, “It’s not about the price, it’s about the return on investment.”

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

10 Tips to Prevent the Spread of Flu and Coronavirus at Work

Posted by Robin Bond on Feb 17, 2020 6:28:21 AM

Command centers, PSAP and healthcare industries are particularly vulnerable

Each flu season, we share tips with our customers on how to keep their workstations clean. Shared workspaces—common in settings like control and command centers, dispatch and healthcare—are especially vulnerable; with frequent shift changes, operators are likely to be occupying the same workstations as their colleagues. While Coronavirus and the flu—both making headlines as the number of cases rise—are not the same virus, the preventive measures are largely the same.

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Topics: Health, Command Center Console Furniture, PACS Radiology Workstation Furniture, PSAP Workstation Furniture, Human Interest, Germs, Operation Centers, Cleaning, Command & Control

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

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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

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: Health, Ergonomics, Command Center Console Furniture, Operation Centers, Stress, Command & Control

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: Command Center Console Furniture, Operation Centers, Morale, Command & Control

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

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: Security Console Furniture, Ergonomics, Command Center Console Furniture, Operation Centers, Command & Control

How to Keep the Body Moving During the Workday in an Operation Center

Posted by Gail Gerlesits on Dec 9, 2016 10:32:22 AM

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Whether a DOC or a TOC, operation centers need to ensure reliable grid operations to keep the power on. We all rely on it. With no weather issues or recent storms, one of the biggest issues for a operations center can be if it is too quiet. Sounds strange, but in a 24/7 center and 10 hour shifts, the days can get very long for operators. On the flip side, if there is too much happening, this can make for a stressful day. Keeping the body and the mind active can help to reduce stress and improve health. So what can you do during times of stress or inactivity. Here's some suggestions:

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Topics: Health, Command Center Console Furniture, Standing Desks, Operation Centers, Healthcare Command Center, Healthcare, Command & Control