The inaugural Control Rooms Summit (CRS) explored the theme of ‘How better integrated AV will save and protect lives and deliver more efficient operations in the world of mission critical command and control’. It was staged in association with the International Critical Control Rooms Alliance (ICCRA), which connects professionals through special interest groups for operations, technology, environment, ergonomics, and people and performance.
Speakers included Sean Wargo, senior director market intelligence at AVIXA, who provided extensive insight into current market conditions in ‘Control Rooms Defined: Key Driver of Pro AV Growth’. Bringing recent research to bear on his presentation, Wargo considered how new and emerging technologies are enabling the delivery of more fully integrated and efficient control rooms. Describing the sector as “extremely dynamic”,Wargo indicated that there is no reason to expect this to change anytime soon.
It’s hard to think of a more ‘mission critical’ installation than the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest particle collider that is operated by CERN and situated on the France-Switzerland border. In a fascinating presentation, CERN control centre manager Rossano Giachino explored the hugely complex control room operation that underpins the LHC.
He also provided some insight into the future of the project. The entire accelerator complex is currently in the midst of a ‘shutdown’ period entailing a substantial upgrade to increase the luminosity of the LHC by a factor of 10, which is due for completion in 2021.
Other contributors to the inaugural CRS included Crestron business development executive Koen Ameye and CCD Design & Ergonomics MD David Watts, while the event was chaired by ICCRA chairman Peter Prater.