It’s 2018. Not a lot has changed in the designing of new control room environments, but there are still a number of factors should be taken into account when considering the details involved. The work stations, for example, should be of utmost consideration when thinking of the practical and aesthetic factors involved. Designing in this industry can be very expensive and very labor-intensive, but with a few guidelines, can be suitably accomplished.
It has been suggested by experts in the field that the primary focus should be to increase situational awareness and to create a system where each of the parts correspond and interact seamlessly. This interaction should benefit ease of use and security and establish systems which can be easily accessed during emergencies. Now it is time to decide the overall parameters for your center, whether its goal is for security, mission control or data collection. This includes any satellite offices and preparations for legacy systems, requiring allowances for the interaction with old or outdated technology, especially vital when retrofitting is taking place.
Older reporting systems can create trouble when it comes to integrating them with the new systems, often when it comes to the collection and transmitting of data. It is also important to gauge the long-term feasibility of older systems which may become obsolete or outdated in the near future.
Depending on the process of updating and the funding involved, compatibility with legacy systems can easily drive the rest of the design. The greatest expenses involved tend to come from ensuring that all technology involved interacts accordingly. Security and protection from negative outside actors is another major concern and, as a result, is where the next largest portion of expenses will be situated.
Smart Building Tech
Smart building technology is becoming more and more common and control center systems are frequently being designed to such an effect. Smart building tech, when combined with other technologies such as smart devices, can offer control centers a greater ability to cover all facets of their overall objectives such as:
- Up-to-date security measures
- Planning out features for future technology as mobile devices and cloud computing become more important
- Building with the future in mind, regarding scalability
- Including a robust control room furniture option for workstation engineers to effectively work day to day
- Striving to leave the smallest footprint possible
This combination of services adds a new layer of control to monitoring something such as remote control of lighting. 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.
Identify Primary and Secondary Objectives
To maximize benefits, all of these considerations should be thoroughly explored before any ground is broken. The primary and secondary objectives should be identified and kept in mind throughout the build, as well as any regulatory issues involved. With early oversight by technology contractors or integrators, a plan can be adjusted to fit the objectives using the technology best equipped for each job. This is especially helpful in control centers with aerospace and defense services because of the demands to keep the technology up-to-date with external technologies.
Finally, the more aesthetic considerations should be decided on, from the size of the equipment to the lighting to the look and feel of command center consoles. Pinterest always has some great layout ideas posted by other users and companies.