Personal storage can sometimes be a contentious subject in centers trying to maximize space for active dispatch and call-taker positions. If you have the right console furniture, the space you reclaim from large format PC’s can be converted to personal storage without impacting the overall position footprint.
If personal storage is not a need for your team, reducing your PC size and/or relocating them to alternate positions within the consoles may allow you to remove modular tech cabinetry. You can then reconfigure the floorplan to add a position, or insert a work tools area or meeting space.
The bad news...Or as we see it, more good news
To realize the greatest gain of usable work zones by converting from full sized to micro PCs, you should be equipped with modular consoles. The appropriation of space does not work if your furniture is a uni-body construction, with technology cabinets built in to the undercarriage or frame of the console.
We know, however, it is unusual to have funding for both technology and furniture at the same time. When making the most of your funding, consider how one impacts the other. If you purchase with a forward-looking perspective, in a few short years you can transform the space and utility of your center:
- More expansive workspaces
- Ample traffic and pass-throughs
- Expanded sight lines
- Personal and shared storage
- Reduced IT installation and maintenance materials and labor costs
Understanding the Impact
Before we jump into the best-case technology and furniture combination, let’s better understand why micro PCs are becoming the preferred data device for PSAP technology.