What is a Control Room: Five Different Types of Control Rooms

what is a control room

In terms of operations, control rooms are the mind and heart of monitoring and management practices. Smooth and well-defined operations are the name of the game in any control room, as well as a distinct chain of command and clear procedural guidelines set forth by a control room manager.

What is a Control Room?

As a definition, a control room is a central location where technicians and managers manage the everyday operations—as well as maintain and enact crisis operations—for a given entity. Whether it’s a control room for a police station, refinery, or other process-intensive company or organization, the control room is where the magic happens.

In this article, we are exploring the differences between several types of control rooms. You’ll see for each kind of control room, there are different considerations—and some similarities.

Different Types of Control Rooms
Control rooms for different industries and uses have different needs. Here, we have a list of several common applications for control rooms, as well as the considerations you might need to take when building yours.

Police Control Rooms

Police station control rooms are the command center for a police force. That means being able to communicate effectively with patrolmen in the field is paramount.

Along with the space needed for networking equipment and telephone or radio equipment, police stations have a particular need for monitors for surveillance. Choosing the right furniture for a police control room means finding the right balance between accessibility and efficient ease of movement—there are times even the control room staff might need to be called into the field.

 

Process Control Rooms

Process control rooms are where monitoring of various industrial and technical process takes place. Sometimes this will require storing large pieces of equipment—oversized servers, computers, and monitors—that can graphically represent the various processes taking place in your facility.

Running a cyber security businesses, or some other technology-intensive industry, will present a need for an efficient and storage-heavy process control room. Focus on scarcity of fixtures and consolidating groups of people who work together, especially in terms of staff who work on different parts of the same process, when designing your process control room.

 

Nuclear and Refinery Control Rooms

Refineries, whether nuclear or otherwise, as well as large industrial complexes, bring their own challenges when designing control rooms.

Many of these types of control rooms need large equipment, ample desk space, and space for surveillance and monitoring devices. The key to designing a power plant or industrial control room is whether or not you need to having everything in one room, or if several spaces can be used for various aspects of controlling conditions and crisis situations throughout the facility.

Two Types of Control Rooms

The needs of your particular industry or organization will determine what kind of control room you need. At large, there are two types of control rooms you can build, with the choice coming from equipment, mobility needs, and staffing needs.

Stationary Control Rooms

If there is a clearly-established location for your control room, you will need to only consider the types of fixtures that are inside. This includes desks, monitor stands, and whatever else you may need to fulfill whatever tasks you must monitor and complete.

Modular Control Rooms

There may come a time when you need to set up a separate control room from your own main location, or you may need to establish a control room where there wasn’t before. Much like modular additions to homes, we carry modular control room fixtures that cover a wide array of space needs and size constraints.
If you are looking to set up your own control room, contact us today to see how our wide array of offerings can be of service to you.