The command center of any organization is its nerve center — the hub where data is analyzed and decisions are made. In military operations, command and control centers are essentially war rooms, where real-time data, audio and video inform a coordinated plan of action.

These rooms are also used for dispatch and surveillance monitoring. The National Military Command Center (NMCC), for example, is responsible for analyzing data and generating Emergency Action Messages (EAMs) for everything from reconnaissance aircraft to battlefield commanders across the globe.

To do their jobs, the technicians and analysts who work in command and control centers need intuitive, responsive and versatile equipment. That includes everything from their computing devices to their network connectivity.

Desktop monitors are a critical part of effective control rooms. Without high-quality video — to scale — and flexible controls, analysts can’t perform at the high level that their job demands.

Critical features for command center monitors

Increasingly, control room operators need to analyze video footage, which makes image quality and accurate color very important. On lower-quality monitors, shadows can be difficult to decipher. Whether the footage is from satellites, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or intelligence reconnaissance systems, grainy video compromises the details. Analysts also need to account for radar sensors, infrared sensors, geospatial information and relevant statistical data.

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Valuable monitor features for the control room include ultra-wide screens, extremely high resolution, high dynamic range (HDR) color technology and high refresh rate. Samsung’s high-resolution monitor lineup includes the dual quad high-definition (Dual QHD) S95UA, with double the pixel count of QHD — in both dimensions — for a total of four times as many pixels. Meanwhile, HDR shares visual content in significantly higher detail, bringing out the contrast in very bright and very dark scenes for more true-to-life colors.

Combining a high pixel count with versatile connectivity, Samsung’s TU874 features 4K resolution and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity for rapid video and data transfer — up to eight times faster than with a USB 3.0. The monitor’s 4K resolution delivers enhanced clarity so control room operators can precisely view and examine every detail in an image.

Designed for all-day use

Analysts in command and control centers are often on the job for many hours, staring at screens with few breaks. Extra-wide monitors, especially curved monitors, can reduce eye strain and help prevent upper body aches by equalizing the focal distance of the center and edges of the screen. In-plane switching (IPS) panel technology also supports eye health, by allowing on-screen visuals to look the same from an angle and from a distance.

To further reduce eye strain, look for higher-resolution monitors and built-in eye-saver features that allow you to recalibrate the contrast, brightness and saturation settings. Samsung’s advanced eye care technology also helps minimize blue light emissions with Eye Saver Mode, while Flicker Free continuously removes screen flicker.

Unmatched connectivity

It’s not uncommon for command center analysts to use multiple monitors at the same time, even if the monitors are widescreens. Connecting these monitors is much simpler with daisy chaining. A DisplayPort Out connection and just one cable per monitor allows as many as four screens to connect to a single PC.

Command center monitors also benefit from USB Type-C connections — which essentially turn a monitor into a docking station — as well as LAN ports, which enable computers with no LAN port to connect to a monitor for Ethernet use.

Secure and compliant

Monitors don’t require the same security as other types of technology because they have no internal memory, but it still makes more sense to rely on monitors from vendors that put security first. Samsung protects its monitor users with an array of safeguards that ensure speed and accuracy and preemptively block security risk factors.

Samsung’s commitment extends to TAA compliance, required by government and federal organizations to ensure that products are manufactured or substantially transformed in the U.S., or manufactured in a TAA-designated country. Most of Samsung’s B2B monitors are manufactured in TAA-compliant countries.

An investment that matters

Operators at command and control centers must make quick decisions based on a constant stream of information. The job is easier with versatile, flexible, vibrant, connected monitors that can be configured to meet analysts’ specific needs.

If your command center is operating in a hybrid model, find out how you can create secure, flexible and data-driven work environments for remote and in-person collaboration in this free guide. And discover the full lineup of Samsung desktop monitors to see which model best suits your business needs and your budget.

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