Designing Security Monitoring StationsBy: John Grocke, Published on Apr 19, 2012
Our Security Monitoring Station Guide is an introduction to selecting the right surveillance monitoring console furniture. In it, a number of people commented on challenges in using design software to lay out furniture.
The short intro video below overviews our approach:
Both Middle Atlantic’s and Winsted’s console furniture design software will allow the consultant or integrator to:
- Layout a custom console in a 3-dimensional environment and include accessories such as monitor mounts, internal racks and shelving, lighting and chairs.
- Export the layout as a *.jpg image or export it for use with CAD software in an AutoCAD *.dxf format.
- Prepare a complete bill of materials with MSRP pricing.
- Produce a CSI specification for the console furniture.
The first video reviews use of Middle Atlantic's Designer application:
- Easy to manipulate views and 3D environment of the room.
- Can add, move or delete items easily.
- Selection area only shows parts that can be connected to the highlighted item in the console, no need to know beforehand what parts will” connect.
- Ability to add walls, floor, doors windows and other office items for a complete finished look.
- Training video and instructions available on their website.
- Limited product selection, only have 18” & 36” surface consoles and LCD desks.
- To lay out free-standing equipment racks, you need to use a separate “RackTools” design software program.
This video reviews Winstead WELS application:
- More types of console furniture styles available.
- Greater variety of accessories and monitor mounts.
- Same software can be used to lay out 19” free-standing equipment racks
- Can incorporate specific brands of electronic equipment such as DVR’s and switches.
- Example designs available on their website. You can download a design similar to what you want and then modify it as needed, rather than starting from scratch.
- Selecting, placing, rotating and moving furniture sections and accessories not as user-friendly.
- Requires designer to have knowledge of which parts will mate together.
- Graphics not as sharp or detailed.
With these free downloadable design tools, some patience and a little practice, a consultant or integrator can professionally lay out a surveillance furniture, export the design as an image or import it into a CAD design, determine the cost or estimate a budget, and produce bid quality specifications to meet their specific customer’s requirements.
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