Systems of a Command Center: Command Center Consoles
  • When a control center is being designed, one must consider a number of factors. One set of factors would be the area available, if it can accommodate the necessary command center furniture and how much can be spent. The design of command and control centers can present a number of problems and take a great deal of effort but, with a little forethought, the job can be done.

    Most experts in the field name the primary goal of the new facility should be to increase situational awareness and create a system where all of the components work seamlessly with one another. This interaction should benefit ease of use and security and establish systems which can be easily accessed during emergencies. Based around these loose objectives, the designer can move on to the purpose for which the control center is being created: security and surveillance, mission control or simply to gather data. One should take the time next to consider whether satellite offices or legacy systems exist which could complicate the performance or construction of the new center.

    When it comes to data collection and transmitting, often these older systems are unfortunately unable to keep up with the actions of newer systems. It should also be considered that the older components of legacy systems may soon become obsolete and need replaced in the near future.

    The costs involved in accessing and updating legacy systems can easily drive upward the costs involved and influence the direction of the build. The functionality of the systems and compatibility with all technology is rightfully the area of the greatest expense. Protecting the system is the next greatest area of concern and as a result the next largest area of expense.

    Frequently, control center systems are being developed to operate with smart building technology. A holistic approach to security and control services is the benefit of combining smart building technology with other smart technology and control systems. The technology can add new layers of interaction and control to monitoring, such as real-time management of lighting, heating or cooling and levels of access. In addition, the newest technology can be used to track the movements and location of key personnel, such as executives throughout the building using global positioning systems.

    To maximize benefits, all of these considerations should be thoroughly explored before any ground is broken. Just as important as identifying the primary and secondary objectives is paying mind to any regulatory issues involved. From the start, it may be a good idea to bring in technology contractors to help oversee the compatibility concerns as the build goes on. This is especially necessary for control centers which provide security or surveillance and need to utilize the newest technologies available to meet the demands of external technologies.

    Lastly, areas of design concerning aesthetics should be considered, from the size of monitors to the look and feel of command center consoles.

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