A control room video wall solution is more than a rear projection screen or wallboard showing the status of mission-critical systems. It's more than a high-tech rendition of business as usual. Your control room environment is the place where form and function meet – where your people make informed and timely decisions that have important consequences for your operations. The control room environment you create will have a critical impact on the effectiveness of your control room solution, and on the efficiency of your staff.
It's true that the technology you implement in your control room will influence effectiveness and efficiency, because quality, flexibility and reliability are the measures of value in control room video wall technology, and these are the technological factors that affect performance. But you need to consider much more than product specifications when you plan your control room environment.
A video wall is a human-machine interface, and the environment you create will go a long way toward the effectiveness and efficiency of that interface. You will need to consider machine factors in your selection of a video wall solution and components, but you need to concern yourself equally with the human factors.
Think about the heads-up display (HUD) used by fighter pilots to monitor and control some of the most advanced and complex technology in the world today. What makes the HUD effective? It presents critical information in a usable way that helps the pilot achieve his or her objectives efficiently. Your control room environment needs to let your staff see through the information, and to determine the appropriate course of action efficiently, and carry out that course of action effectively.
Human factors in Control Room environment design
The human factors that should influence your control room environment design process include:
- The Human Eye
A video wall is primarily a visual phenomenon, so understanding how the human eye works – its capabilities and limitations – is critical.
You need to calculate the brightness of the images displayed in relation to the characteristics of the human eye and the ambient lighting conditions.
If you're fashion conscious, you know that some colors work together and some don't. But you may not know that color co-ordination is more than a matter of esthetics. Combining the wrong colors can cause eye strain and a negative impact on your control room operations.
There are more human factors to consider in designing your control room environment. For more information on all of the factors you need to consider, download one or more of the white papers in our Video Wall Design series.
The Christie advantage
Christie solutions give you the flexibility you need to design an ergonomic, efficient and effective control room. Human factors should be front and center when you design the control room environment, and Christie's wide variety of projection systems, display cubes and enclosures, and video wall controllers make your job easier, letting you account for the numerous environmental variables inherent in control room design.
For a detailed look at a control room from a display perspective, download our Video Wall Brightness Requirements Technical Guide. Contact us for more information today on the Christie edge.