Controlling a vast array of servers, routers and other devices is a complicated, but essential process, and a network operation center (NOC) needs audio and visual systems that are up to the task. Modern NOCs are often tasked with controlling resources that are located in several locations and provide support to a variety of organizations, including businesses, universities, utility companies and regional government agencies. And though NOCs can monitor server banks and other resources located all over the world, they are still regularly housed with the organization’s most sensitive and important hardware. In short, an NOC is a critical element of any company or government, and provides much needed security and stability.
But this stability and security is only made possible through the use of sophisticated A/V equipment, which optimizes the speed and accuracy at which NOC engineers can do their jobs.
What kind of A/V technology is standard at a network operation center?
Audio and visual systems are, for the most part, designed to improve communication efficiency, allowing professionals to consolidate the information they need to handle, respond faster and troubleshoot at a deeper level. A/V technology makes it possible for an NOC to operate with only a handful of engineers, and makes it possible for engineers to do their job with minimal stress.
What exactly is this A/V technology, and how can it help?
Most modern NOCs are laid out in a similar fashion. Several desks, each fitted with multiple monitors, are installed facing a large video wall, which may consist of a few, or a few dozen, displays. The video wall is what makes communications within the NOC quick and easy, as it displays current network status, any ongoing alerts and the performance level of devices located at relevant facilities. The display is segmented so that multiple sources of information can be brought up for analytic purposes, and allow engineers to troubleshoot as a unit.
A part of the video wall typically runs weather or news programming around the clock, as both may be important for forecasting future network difficulties.
Government agencies and military facilities may rely on a network operation center, and its audio and visual systems, to provide surveillance over an area. In this instance, the NOC is connected to a variety of surveillance devices, including cameras, microphones and various sensors, and will trigger an alert if activity is detected. An A/V integrator can assist with setting up an NOC focused on surveillance, providing a cohesive layout, from the surveillance cameras and microphones themselves, to the video wall and devices to monitor them from, to the software that makes it simple for a single person to manage multiple camera and microphone feeds.
An NOC is an organization’s nerve center and it must not fail. And with the right A/V technology, it won’t.