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The X's and O's of Dispatch Furniture Planning

Posted by Megan Lewis on Mar 26, 2015 12:15:00 PM

I love football. Live it. Breathe it. College most especially (GO SPARTANS!), but I have to watch my boy Aaron Rodgers on Sundays. I know there’s a stigma surrounding women who “love” football, but I promise, it’s not just the tight pants or that Tom Brady is married to Gisele (insert “EW”).

But I will admit, I really have no clue how to read a play, other than maybe a post route and a blitz. These plays, to me, are so intricate, so well designed, that half the time I don’t even think the “experts” know what happened until they watch the replay (I’m looking at you, Brent Musburger). That being said, Xybix's in-house design team members are like offensive and defensive coordinators; they know when to blitz, and they know when to rush. 

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Topics: Design, Dispatch Consoles, Workstation Planning

Help! My 911 Dispatch Center is Too Small!

Posted by Megan Lewis on Mar 13, 2015 8:12:44 AM


How often have you thought “I’d really like to update my dispatch center” but in the same train of thought said, “My center is just way too small and way too weird”! We hear this constantly, things like “We’re peanuts compared to such-and-such county" or "we only have 2 stations and 150 square feet". The thought is, if your center is small, there is nothing you can do to improve your situation. Well, I'm here to tell you, You Can!

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Topics: Design, Dispatch Consoles, Workstation Planning

Designing Your Comm Center: What to Leave To the Professionals

Posted by Ken Carson on Dec 5, 2014 4:13:00 PM

XybixExperienceOne of the most exciting parts of designing a comm center or building a new 911 dispatch center is working on the layout. Everyone has ideas on how they can make it better. And why not? Sitting at the consoles for hours on end does give you time to think. Often time it is 'well that is stupid, why did they put that there?', or 'why am I sitting underneath an air conditioning vent?'

What do you need to look for and what do you need to ask to get it done right?  How do you get the best room design for you?  How do you know if they are just “selling you” or actually helping you out?  Will you meet ADA?  When the furniture shows up will it fit and will your equipment fit. 

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Topics: Design, Workstation Planning

Be Prepared: Seismic Anchoring of your Dispatch Workstations

Posted by Kelley Smith on Nov 21, 2014 11:52:49 AM

XybixSeismicAnchoringEarthquakes Facts:

  • Occur without warning
  • Can be deadly and extremely destructive
  • Can occur at any time
  • The major threats posed by earthquakes are bodily injuries and property damage, which can be considerable and even catastrophic.

Earthquakes, especially major ones, are dangerous, inevitable, and a fact of life in a number of states. Being prepared in a 911 dispatch center means the seismic anchoring of your workstations. Properly anchoring your workstations can help ensure that when the public calls your dispatch center, you'll be ready! 

Proper earthquake preparation of your Dispatch Center can:

  • Save lives
  • Reduce injuries
  • Reduce property damage
  • Avoid prolonged disruptions of functions
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Topics: Dispatch Consoles, Workstation Planning, Seismic Anchoring

What You Can Expect From Your Initial Xybix Site Visit

Posted by Previous Xybix Employee on Oct 27, 2014 3:51:46 PM

Initial Site Visit

Plan on about an hour to hour and half for the initial site visit. It’s helpful to have all the necessary players involved so that initial issues can be brought to the table and questions and concerns can be addressed. This would include Comm Center Director, Manager or Supervisor, Architect (if necessary), IT Manager, etc.

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

3 Secrets to Maximizing Workspace in Your Dispatch Center

Posted by Doug Herman on Oct 2, 2014 9:09:00 AM

SecretstomaximizingworkspaceStep into the service bay of an auto dealership and what do you see? Efficiency. In fact, walk into my wife’s kitchen and you’ll see a similar lean approach to how she works in her space. No one likes to waste time and energy when you’re just trying to get the job done. And considering that most Americans spend 90 percent (or more) of our time indoors, it’s important for Comm Center Managers to build a comfortable work environment — especially in a space-critical dispatch center, where every inch matters.

With this in mind, I’ve developed three “secrets” to guide Comm Center Managers in their quest to maximize their workspaces. These tips will not only help your 911 center operate more efficiently, but will also increase the productivity of your team. So let’s get started!

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Topics: Dispatch Consoles, Square Footage, Workstation Planning

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