#2 Less desk clutter
Desk clutter can affect operator performance. In conventional control room environments, many different management systems and alarms need to be controlled by different keyboards and mice. Today, it is possible to control different systems, even from differently secured networks, with a single keyboard and mouse, allowing operators to access their systems faster and take decisions quicker.
#3 Reduced navigation time
The longer it takes to navigate to the right content, the longer it takes to make a decision. By organizing relevant sources and data in saved layouts, users can find their relevant and personalized information much quicker. Layouts allow operators to fall back on their routines, which increases their reaction speed. Layouts also make an interface more task-oriented: they only show what operators need to know to enable them to do the essential task fast.
#4 Blending OT and IT information on the glass
Operators sometimes need to monitor different data sources residing on different isolated networks. Today, these sources are no longer necessarily restricted to different workstations. Virtual operator workspaces, like Barco’s OpSpace, add a control system visual layer, which provides an ‘integration at the glass’ approach. This means that control room operators do not interact with the data itself, but with the visual representation layer on top of it, making it easier for them to access different data types on the same workstation.
#5 Log in with personalized settings
In networked and distributed control rooms, content is no longer linked with a physical workstation. Thanks to networked visualization, operators can load their personalized workspace upon login, wherever they are. Thanks to this ‘Follow me’ function, all their preferred applications and signals can be quickly loaded onto their pre-defined visual layouts.
#6 Less distractions
A workspace that is designed to improve the operator’s focus also limits distractions. Thanks to networked visualization, workstations can be virtualized and hosted in an external data center. This frees the operator workspace from a lot of hardware, and from the associated distractions of heat and noise. Virtualized infrastructure is an important part of a company’s digital transformation efforts. It helps control rooms to be more flexible in their control room layout and workforce organization, and it gives them the opportunity to adapt more readily to technological changes.
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About the author
Market Sales Manager of Control Rooms – Federal
Pat has focused on federal control rooms over the past 20 years. With his industry knowledge and technical background, Pat is able to provide reliant and flexible control room solutions in government and surveillance applications. He is based in Atlanta, GA USA.