Tag: control room design


Future Cities and Smart Cities

Future Cities and Smart Cities

The UK Technology Strategy Board has launched a competition for a Future Cities Demonstrator.  The project will look at technology for integrating city systems as an enabler for economic development, enhancing quality of life and reductions to the environmental footprint. CCD did an internal project last year looking at the future of cities and how it might impact on how the systems were integrated and controlled –...

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London Ambulance fallback failure

London Ambulance fallback failure

Some readers may have seen the article in the London press about the London Ambulance Service having some problems with maintaining effective control during fallback when there was a fire in their control centre. The fire was an electrical fire in a UPS.  The fire meant that operations had to move to the fallback control room in Bow.  However the report into the events revealed...

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Are you consolidating your control rooms?

Are you consolidating your control rooms?

The issue The current economic climate is forcing many organisations to look at the consolidation of control rooms as a way to save money.  This might mean operating with fewer control rooms and moving to a more centralised structure; or it might be mergers / co-locations with related functions or organisations. The challenge is still to get more from less. There are some very real...

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7/7 inquest – control room design failings?

Recently at the 7/7 inquest we saw evidence given that shows up failings in how the ambulance control room operated at a time of high stress and pressure. See some of the press coverage: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12598785 Some examples from the evidence given: There was only one person logging calls and vital information was written on scraps of paper (the inference being that some of these were...

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What is the future for Fire & Rescue Service control rooms?

What is the future for Fire & Rescue Service control rooms?

The cancellation of the FiReControl project announced by the Government at the end of December, has thrown the future of Fire & Rescue Service control rooms into chaos. Many Services in need of modernisation of their control rooms had held off in the knowledge that FiReControl would deliver new purpose built regional centres and a new national integrated system. The Government has just announced a...

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Extending the life of control rooms

Many companies have had to make significant cutbacks meaning that investment funds for new facilities are scarce or non-existence. But in safety-critical environments there is a need to ensure that systems and controls are maintained at maximum operating efficiency. As a result, many organisations are looking at how they can extend the life of their existing assets and make their operations leaner. To tackle this...

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CCTV & changes for control rooms?

CCTV & changes for control rooms?

We recently spotted two pieces in the press about changes to the way security control rooms might operate. The first was the new system for enabling members of the public to monitor CCTV images in shops on behalf of the owner and receive a reward for successfully spotting criminal activity.  Perhaps this does reflect the fact that many CCTV cameras are not watched by someone...

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International Control Room Design Conference – our thoughts…

International Control Room Design Conference – our thoughts…

Nearly 100 delegates and half-a-dozen exhibitors represented the leading practitioneers in control room design at the recent ICOCO conference held in Paris.  And we were there in force with four presentations and an exhibition.  If you want to see more on what we talked about, visit our website at http://www.ccd-design.co.uk/p/Conference-Presentations/ What did we learn from the event?   Firstly that there remains a strong commitment...

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Preventing human error even in TV control rooms

There have been lots of examples recently of the impact of human error in control rooms especially in the US.   However, there are implications even in non-safety critical control rooms such as in TV broadcasting.  It seems sometime ago now that ITV bungled the World Cup football going off to an ad break whilst England were scoring one of their few goals in the...

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