The Standing Security Desk is Here (Winsted)

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on May 12, 2016

Sitting is the new smoking, so they say.

But surveillance operators often need to sit for long periods of time, looking at monitors.

Standing desks are a hot trend, seeking to solve that problem. 

Now, Winsted has released a new offering, the Impulse Dual Sit/Stand console that they claim can add years to your life.

Inside, we examine the details, contrast it to lower cost consumer offerings and weigh its pros and cons.

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Comments (15)

i voted moderately... not just for the winsted desk but moderately interested in standing desks in general... for me if i am sitting for long periods of time i feel like i become less effective in my work so i have to get up and do some quick exercises, it seems to help... i have seen offices that have treadmills in the break room for employees to walk on during different times of the day...

Sleeping on the job just got dangerous.

I have worked from standing desks for over 15 years--in multiple offices and from a home office. I don't do it for health benefits or due to back issues.

Spending a great deal of time on the phone with a wireless headset, I like to walk while I talk--even if it is just a few paces this way or that way--and be able to stop back to the standing desk and make a few notes or look things up during a call. Standing helps me be more conversational on the phone--as odd as that may sound.

In short, I feel more "engaged" when standing. In many ways, I could see it having a similar effect on surveillance operators.

I feel more "engaged" when standing. In many ways, I could see it having a similar effect on surveillance operators.

That's an interesting point. I wonder if that would have any impact on their effectiveness, i.e., great accuracy or duration in watching video.

There are Dispatch Console manufacturers that offer similar products with seemingly more features and options. I will not mention a name because I do not want to detract from Winsted and the good products that they offer. These other manufacturers cost significantly more, though.

3, feel free to mention other manufacturers.

We covered Winsted because (1) they are well known in the industry so we thought members would be interested and (2) because we found that recent video that demonstrated it. We are happy to include others, especially if it provides more choices / options to members.

Xybix and Evans are two that come to mind, Xybix being one I recently specified.

Ok, great. I added links to their names above. I do not know much about consoles so I cannot add anything but anyone else with information or experiences, please share.

Americon in the high end and lift the whole desk. They can custom form the entire console. They use a process that makes the edges resistant to damage....with a 5LB hammer.

We looked at their desks but they were too costly for us. We ended up going with VersaTables sit to stand electric tables... 2 Two 30"x72" tables each with quad-monitor mounts and dual CPU holders ran about $3000. Still in the box but looking forward to setting them up.

The trend I see in business is moving to sit/stand. I am part of a project team for a Fortune 200 size company and they are moving completely to S/S including in their security monitoring location. One study that I've seen referenced several times is:

U.S. Army Public Health Command Pros and Cons of a Sit-Stand Workstation

The study had me convinced of the utility of S/S desks until the last ten words:

The U.S. Army Public Health Command Ergonomics Program considers the most cost-effective way to obtain the benefits from sitting and standing is for healthy workers to sit in a neutral work posture and intermittently stand and move around doing other activities like making phone calls, getting coffee, making photocopies, etc., rather than trying to keyboard or use a mouse while standing.

I rarely make phone calls from my desk, and never make coffee or photocopies there.

And if I'm not at my desk, why do I care if I can stand at it?

This has been an interesting discussion, and now I feel like I need a standing desk.

Key component of a poor man's standing desk:

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