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Emergency Operations Centre Design in the
21st Century
Command and control centers are a necessity in a variety of utility operations
with electricity utility companies being among such settings. They serve myriad
crucial functions and have to be efficient in every respect, with vital information
being readily available and accessible in numerous forms. Such a configuration
enables accurate and timely decisions, vital in the day to day running of an
emergency operations center.

What has Changed?
Traditional configuration of control centers no longer works as today’s
environment presents new challenges demanding new elements to control room
activities and applications. There are numerous considerations that come into
play such as console design, use of appropriate state-of-the-art equipment, and
many others. Many control rooms being built from the ground up or getting
upgraded are going for reliable providers of console designs, and the best legacy
facilities and systems.

Elements of an Emergency Operations Centre
There are many elements that go into a modern control center. Apart from having
the right design, equipment, and furniture, there is a need to ensure that all these
elements are expertly integrated. Some of the elements include, but are not
restricted to:

Ergonomic customized furniture
Console and projection displays
Status Boards
Telephone Systems
Radio Systems

Proper emergency control room design ensures adequate space for all equipment
as well as unfettered movement for the people working on it. All this and more
adds up to increased efficiency and the ability to make fast decisions and
responses as and when the need arises.

Work with the Best
What remains important is knowing how to comparison-shop among the various
console design service providers in the market to ensure that you get the best
solutions for your requirements. Look at the experience of the service providers
on your short list in terms of the industries they have served. Also take time to
call some operations centers on the services provider’s portfolios to hear about
their experiences. Discuss your requirements and gauge if the service provider
has what it takes to help you meet your objectives. Never forget to constantly
evaluate your solutions and applications to ensure that your control centers stay
relevant in terms of delivering on its core functionalities. For more information
about Emergency operation center visit here!

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