When it comes to surveillance, security operators need to be able to monitor and respond to real-time information and act within seconds. And how do they do that? With a “monitor wall,” of course. Also known as a video wall, a monitor wall utilizes a multi-display setup with multiple monitors, video projectors, or television sets, all tiled together to form one large screen.
A command center desk is a specialized type of console furniture designed for use in command centers and mission-critical operations facilities. Typically more extensive and advanced than a traditional office desk, it includes features that assist operators with comfort during long shifts and helps with efficiency and productivity.
If you’ve ever watched a film or TV show that features a 911 dispatcher on the job, then you know that these types of workers don’t sit in any typical kind of desk or cubicle, as these employees aren’t your traditional office drones. No, instead of a row of desks, these workers are often placed in a spacious command center facility with screens in front of them. In fact, you may not notice it, but their dispatch furniture has a lot going on when it comes to determining how they best function in the role of crisis communication. Whereas many office workers can do their job anywhere, dispatchers need to have the right space in order to do their jobs properly.
Control room furniture consists of highly specialized, durable components that are built to withstand the rigorous demands of the 24/7 environment. Alternatively, traditional office furniture and desks are built for a short life cycle with sub standard quality at a low cost of entry. Could you incorporate traditional office desks and furniture in place of the highly specialized furniture typically seen in a control room? In truth, a control room engineer could try. However, the end user would quickly realize the shortcomings of a traditional desk.
This is the fourth installation in our multi-part series that takes a closer look at control room design across the industry spectrum. In the first three installments, we focused on the Surveillance & Security, Airport/Air Traffic, and Emergency Operations/Disaster Management industries respectively.