Finding the Right Control Center Consoles

There are a number of factors which must be considered in the design of a new control center. These factors range from the practical to the superficial, such as how the command center furniture will look. Although the effort can be laborious and expensive, keeping in mind the number of factors beforehand can be quite helpful in the end.

Experts in the field suggest that the overall goal be to increase situational awareness and integrate systems in a way that allows them to correspond with each other well. It is important in times of emergencies that the system is established to provide ease of use and ease of access. Next, it must be considered which type of control center is in mind, whether for security, mission control or data collection. This includes any satellite offices and preparations for legacy systems, requiring allowances for the interaction with old or outdated technology, especially vital when retrofitting is taking place.

Legacy systems can be especially problematic because the older reporting systems are often too slow in data processing and transmission to meet new standards. Any potential requirements for updates or outright replacements of the older systems should be considered early on to prevent headaches later.

Depending on the process of updating and the funding involved, compatibility with legacy systems can easily drive the rest of the design. The greatest expenses involved tend to come from ensuring that all technology involved interacts accordingly. Security and protection from negative outside actors is another major concern and, as a result, is where the next largest portion of expenses will be situated.

More and more often, control center systems are being designed to operate in or with smart building technology. This combination of technology, smart devices and integrated structures can often offer a holistic approach to goals required of surveillance and control services. This combination of services adds a new layer of control to monitoring something such as remote control of lighting. The added function of global positioning services can even allow monitors to track the location of key personnel, such as executives or security guards.

It is important to thoroughly investigate all these capabilities before construction of the facility begins. It is important to identify primary and secondary objectives involved and build around those goals, keeping in mind any regulatory issues involved. With early oversight by technology contractors or integrators, a plan can be adjusted to fit the objectives using the technology best equipped for each job. This may be especially important in control centers that provide security and surveillance services where the newest technology must be consistently applied.

The decisions more aesthetic in nature should then be considered, from the lighting and size of monitors to the layout of the consoles and the command center consoles.