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Upgrading your broadcasting control center



Broadcast control rooms play a critical role in the production of live events, news broadcasts, and television shows. They provide a centralized location for the production team to work and communicate with one another seamlessly. This is achieved using well-designed console furniture, which allows the technical team to customize their workspace for their specific needs at any given time. Additionally, large multi-view screens and video walls enable the team to have a comprehensive view of what is happening in the main room, on the event screens, and on live streams.





Assessing User Needs in a Broadcasting Control Room

Assessing user needs is the first step in the process of upgrading your broadcasting control center. The acquisition of new control room furniture involves multiple stakeholders, including IT professionals, architects, and project managers. These individuals work together to identify the needs of the control center in terms of technology and ergonomics.


There are several reasons why existing console furniture may not meet the current or future needs of the control center. For example, outdated consoles may lack the functionality and ergonomics necessary for the technical team to work efficiently and comfortably. In some cases, the consoles may not meet new IT requirements, such as the need for advanced cable management or compatibility with new equipment. Additionally, the expiration of console warranties may necessitate the need for upgraded furniture. Whatever the reason, identifying user needs is essential for determining the type of console furniture and video wall systems that will best suit the control center. By identifying these issues early on, you can ensure that the new console furniture is customized to your unique needs and addresses any issues from the previous setup.


Equipment, Power, and Ergonomics inside a Broadcasting Control Room


When it comes to selecting equipment and designing the control room, there are a lot of considerations to keep in mind. One important factor is ergonomics, which can greatly impact the comfort and productivity of control room operators. To this end, Sustema's console furniture includes several features that help optimize ergonomics. For example, the dual-surface height adjustment and user height pre-set allow operators to easily adjust the height of the desk to suit their needs, while the focal depth adjustment for monitors ensures that screens can be adjusted to the correct distance for optimal viewing.





In addition to ergonomics, there are other important considerations to keep in mind when designing a control room. For example, cable management is crucial to keep wires organized and out of the way, and Sustema's premium cable management system helps ensure that cables are kept neat and tidy, by running them through cable chains, wall systems, and if it is available in the location, by taking advantage of raised floor systems. Other helpful features include USB and power outlets on the desk surface for easy access, side work surfaces for additional workspace and paper storage to keep important documents close at hand. With these and other features, Sustema's control room furniture is designed to help operators work more comfortably and efficiently, ensuring that they can stay focused on their critical tasks.


Establishing a Budget and Timeline for a Control Room Upgrade Project


Establishing a budget and timeline is a crucial step in any control center upgrade project. At Sustema, we work with our clients to establish a realistic budget and timeline based on their unique needs and requirements. This includes not only the cost of the new console furniture but also installation fees, freight costs, and any applicable warranty breakdowns. At Sustema, we provide our clients with comprehensive quotes that outline all these costs upfront, so there are no surprises later. Additionally, we work closely with our clients to establish a realistic timeline for the project, considering any potential delays or obstacles that may arise.


Room Layout and Configuration Inside a Broadcast Control Room


When designing a new control room, one of the key factors to consider is the floor layout. This involves considering tangible factors such as electrical, ventilation, and data, as well as intangible elements such as noise, lighting, and the overall atmosphere of the room. The goal is to maximize the efficiency of the workflow for the people and processes in the room, while also creating a comfortable and conducive environment for the users.





In addition to the floor layout, it's also important to consider the configuration of the control room console and video walls. This involves determining the number of workstations required, the size and number of monitors, and the placement of equipment and peripherals. At Sustema, we take a user-centered approach to room layout and configuration, working closely with our clients to ensure that every aspect of the design corresponds to their specific needs and requirements. Our team of experts can provide guidance and support throughout the process, from initial design concepts to final installation and testing.


At Sustema, we specialize in designing and manufacturing both control room console furniture and video wall systems. We understand the importance of having a comfortable and efficient work environment, especially in high-pressure situations where time is of the essence. Our products are designed to optimize workflow and minimize downtime, which helps to improve productivity and reduce stress levels. With years of experience in the industry, we have a unique perspective on what makes an exceptional control room and are committed to providing our clients with the best solutions for their needs.


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