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.
This is the second installment in our multi-part look at control room furniture and design across a variety of industries. It is important to take a broad, multi-category view of control room design, not just for the sake of those within specific industries themselves; but also for designers to keep their view as wide as possible, to learn and build solutions from a variety of situations and challenges.
This article will be focusing on design elements and initiatives for clients within the Airport/Air Traffic industry. It is important for firms to be familiar with this industry, as $255 billion was invested in new airport construction in 2017 and a further $885 billion was dedicated to infrastructure upgrades—some of which was dedicated to airport control rooms.
Control room furniture is an important consideration for successful companies across a variety of markets. We will take a look at some of these industries in our upcoming series of articles on how the role of console furniture has become more important to other types of niche markets over the past decade.
Today let us consider surveillance enterprises. Modern closed-circuit TV technologies have increased the access and economy of such set ups. There seems to have been a significant increase in companies looking to establish a modern loss prevention, parking surveillance, or other security system for their business. It goes without saying that even a relatively modest security network necessitates a devoted surveillance control room.
From local television stations to NASA, control rooms serve vital and versatile purposes in our modern society. At its most basic level, a control room is a room serving as a central operations center through which a larger network or facility can be monitored and controlled. Many such conveniences—and necessities–got their start in the later days of the Industrial Revolution as factories became larger and less wieldy to govern, especially during the 1920s. The idea would continue to expand to other areas of society, such as commerce, medical care and communications, with the full impact of the revolution in technology and the total embrace of computer and internet networking.