There are estimated to be nearly a quarter of a million control rooms in the world today. They are most commonly encountered in the public safety, transport and utilities sectors, but also used in industries as diverse as telecommunications, aerospace, airports, water treatment and data centres. According to AVIXA’s IOTA research, the control rooms sector will see a compound annual growth rate of nearly 5% over the next four years.
Control rooms are becoming more multifunctional, with more data types being routed into them and more technologies being integrated. This added complexity places greater demands on operators, so more emphasis is being placed on human factors: ensuring that operators have ergonomic workstations and intuitive user interfaces from which they can readily access all relevant information.
A wide range of audiovisual technologies goes into control rooms: while displays are the most significant element, networking, signal management (including KVM), surveillance video, sensors and analytics can also be required.
Against this background, ISE has launched its Control Rooms Summit, which will address the latest trends in technology, design, ergonomics and best practice in this dynamic marketplace. With 16% of ISE’s AV channel attendees and more than 9% of end-user attendees declaring an interest in control rooms, the Control Rooms Summit ISE is sure to be a lively, engaging and informative addition to the ISE 2020 conference programme.