A command center (sometimes also referred to as a control room) is an important concept to understand for facilities that employ audio-visual setups of any size, and it’s of particular importance for facilities and organizations that require unified control over multiple audio-visual setups. While the form of these hubs vary from one facility and setup to the next, what they have in common is a consistent purpose: they act as a nerve center for the myriad of audio-visual equipment activities of a facility.
With a skillfully constructed and maintained control room, an audio-video crew can easily oversee connected setups, sharing integrated resources and providing the control that crews need to get their jobs done efficiently. Whether it’s for a large concert, security, or any other organizational need, having a centralized place to monitor activities and equipment is crucial. Following is a brief overview of what a command center is and why it’s important for every facility that uses audio-video setups.
What is a Command Center?
Many who hear this term will immediately think of a 1950s war room, with knobs and glowing screens, and uniformed personnel at the ready. Depending on the setup, this isn’t terribly far from reality: the appearance of these setups in 2016 is in some ways similar to this image, and yet in most ways it is very different. Both visions are that of a centralized hub, a control room for various devices, and in this way these two images are very similar. However, unlike the huge computers of yesterday that took up entire walls, technology has since advanced to the point where the vast majority of facilities will require much smaller setups.
As machines have continued to get smaller and become more powerful, it’s possible to have a very minimal command center composed of a few devices and a desk, for example. For some facilities, a simple and smartly integrated setup may be all that is needed. However, in other facilities, much more elaborate setups are necessary to maintain full control of audio-visual components, whether for use in monitoring separate systems and subsystems in completely different locations, or other more complicated tasks.
Getting Audio-Visual Integration Right
While all audio-visual systems benefit from consultation and input from audio-visual integrators, larger centralized hubs in particular require the assistance of skilled and experienced audio-visual integrators for maximum efficiency and optimization. As a result, an experienced audio-visual crew is paramount in avoiding any problems along the way and should be consulted during the planning stages of any such system.
Complex control centers require planning, with special consideration for far-reaching technical considerations, and long-term support to make sure that everything keeps running per concept, every day of the year. With a trusted team helping to produce an efficient and reliable setup, there’s no limit to the possibilities.