Choose one of the diagrams below to see how KVM can be used in a command and control environment.
Improve Control Room Operations and Situational Awareness with High Performance IP KVM for Control Rooms
Emergency Operations Center
Whether supporting medical staff, firefighters, or law enforcement, your emergency operations center must deliver the information required to make instant, informed and often life-saving decisions. In these stressful environments, desktop ergonomics, collaboration and visualization are critical to maximize efficiency and reduce mental load.
KVM gives operators seamless access to multiple streams of data using a single keyboard and mouse. This optimizes the working space and enables data to be shared between operators’ desktops and shared videowalls - using simple and fast switching capability to ensure everyone has the information they need right in front of them.
Process Control Room
In a manufacturing or industrial plant, the control room is the central nervous system of the operation. However, the hazardous nature of these environments often means it is located away from the main production site. Despite this, operators must have a real-time, situational overview of what is happening around the site to monitor and control critical processes. Operators rely on a combination of desktop monitors and a central video wall to deliver static process information and live video footage.
KVM affords process control rooms new or improved ways of working. Unlike the plethora of software solutions on the market, KVM provides reliable access to computers without exposing the computer to the public internet and without installing software. KVM empowers operators to control and visualize all their critical data in a real-time and flexible way using only a single keyboard, monitor and mouse.
Security Control Room
Security control rooms are critical to the protection of a site. They continuously receive information from a range of systems - including alarms and access control, two-way audio devices and state-of-the-art surveillance feeds. Guards must have a real-time overview of all data streams available to the control room at any given time. These high-pressure environments typically combine high resolution individual displays and large video walls to ensure that data is visible from all locations within the control room.
KVM enables guards to monitor and operate all data feeds from all locations. Whether they are sat at the workstation, collaborating with others using a video wall, or located away from the premises, data feeds can still be accessed and analyzed to keep the premises secure. At Adder, we directly support security control room operators by giving them the real-time access to pixel-perfect data feeds and the ability to focus in on the right data at the right time.
What Does IP KVM Deliver?
De-Clutter the Workstation
The way data is presented to, and controlled by, operators has such a large part to play in the efficiency of control room operations. KVM solutions make it possible to display multiple data streams from different sources, in real-time; all controlled using a centralized, single keyboard and mouse.
Secure Desktop Management
The critical nature of a command and control room demands stringent security measures. Efficiency relies on the ability to detect and mitigate every security issue or potential threat ahead of time. With KVM technology, computers can be moved to a secure server room which stops unauthorized access and limits storage device usage.
Control rooms demand workflows that deliver more integrated, flexible, and efficient working practices. KVM solutions enable them to reduce the number of monitors and adapt to the changing needs of different operators, working different shift patterns.
In the control room, data visualization is critical to maintain smooth operation, pre-empt issues and react quickly to hazards. When connected to the KVM network, operators can connect, collaborate, and share their content with multiple users via a video wall, while still managing their individual control systems locally at their desk.
Reliability and resilience are paramount in control rooms, but IT systems are often complex with potential points of failure. KVM mitigates these risks by ensuring data availability and power are constantly maintained. Systems can be built with full network redundancy. So, in the unlikely event of a network switch failure the operation is less likely to experience a reduction in service.
When working remotely, it is essential that control room operators can access information in real-time, without any delay, degradation of quality or security risk. KVM solutions support control rooms when staff are not able to be physically present. Unlike software solutions on the market, KVM provides access to computers without exposing the computer to the public internet and without installing software.
Designing the Control Room of the Future: Free White Paper
Modern technology has impacted the ways in which we live and operate. Digital transformation has made our lives easier, faster, and better – but it has also forced us to adapt and evolve. There are perhaps few industries that have been as revolutionized by technology as the control room.
In our latest whitepaper, we outline some of the changes set to impact the control room and explore how you can be ready to benefit from the change.
Get your control room ready for the future, with IP KVM.