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.
These are two terms that a lot of people end up getting confused because the concepts are relatively similar. However, it is important to know the major differences between these terms. These are concepts that have evolved over the years, to become the important concepts that they are today. By reading on, you can learn all about what SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) and DCS (Distributed Control Systems) are and why they are both important.
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.