June 22, 2020
At Ross & Baruzzini, we know that public agencies, who are delivering essential services, have been hit hard during this unprecedented time of COVID-19 along with the political and social unrest we are all experiencing.
We wanted to find a way to recognize their contributions and give back to the critical industries that we serve.
For those of you who don’t know us, we are a System Engineering Division that for over 50 years, has specialized in Operational Technology and Communications, including control room design. Our team is comprised of experts, most of whom come directly from the agencies themselves.
We decided that what we could do was, what we do best, offer guidance on ways to use operational technology in and around control rooms allowing our partners to continue delivering their services safely and with maximum effectiveness.
We brought together experts from across Ross & Baruzzini, including security, utilities, facility design, and MEP engineers, and held brainstorming sessions on the impact of running operations from a confined space would be.
This idea sheet outlines 3 steps for agencies to consider when it comes to their control rooms. We know you have all been working through these same questions and we wanted to provide a guide that could help.
Step one: no-cost items that can be immediately worked on and implemented.
Step two: lower cost, short-term items to keep the employees safe.
Step three: longer-term items to be considered as we work our way through this pandemic.
It is yours to use.
Along with this idea sheet, we are producing a series of short videos that will provide thoughtful considerations and actionable information from our experts. As we publish these videos they will be easily accessible through this blog post and the Ross & Baruzzini YouTube channel.
Ross & Baruzzini Experts:
- Ed Molloy, with over 40 years’ experience, has helped numerous agencies across the US & Canada implement their train control systems and OCC facilities, will be talking to you about options for maintaining continuity of operations and how systems could be impacted: Watch the video
- Paul Mallon, with 39 years of experience with transit and utility control centers and systems, will be discussing possible ways to reduce COVID-19 exposure risks within control centers: Watch the video
These will be concise, tangible ideas to help you as you move forward through these times.