While “design process” means something different in a lot of industries, generally engineers have a distinct idea of what it entails. For them, it’s when mathematical and scientific skills come together to fulfill a common goal. When a building doesn’t follow principles, as is sometimes the case with areas like control rooms, command centers, nocs (network operations centers), and data centers, mistakes are made that can often cost companies a lot of money, just because of the wrong design process.
Whether it’s control room consoles or office desks, purchasing new furniture is fun. (Who doesn’t love shopping at IKEA?) But just as you look for a sofa that will last through many a cat nap and maybe even an occasional couch-crasher, you should also put the same ideals into searching for control room furniture (although you don’t want employees napping on the job). Command center furnishings should help staff members be able to do their jobs to the best of their abilities for many years to come, without inhibiting their comfort while standing up to wear and tear.
There’s a lot that goes into designing the perfect control room, including the console furniture. Believe it or not, it takes more than providing a space with optimal temperature and room for appropriate technology. There are a lot of things to consider, including how the control room plays into an organization’s efficiency.
As the heart of an organization, a control room or command center should be given the utmost attention to detail, as these centers can make or break an operation.
If you’re part of an organization that has many complicated systems, has a data center, or manages and monitors a variety of information in real time, then you probably have a control room.
Control rooms are the heart of many organizations, where information pulses like blood and extends to other areas of an organizational system like veins in a body. Control or command rooms help users connected to the system collaborate to make the best decisions, whether it’s in the form of security or monitoring numbers or trends.
In many institutions, it’s in the control room where key decisions are often made and implemented. So, a poorly planned or improperly designed room could well have a significant effect on important decisions in your institution. This can thus impact your business as a whole, potentially in a negative way.