Ever feel that while you're in the trenches sweating it out with the actual workers in your company, your management is up in a comfy room somewhere just pointing and clicking while enjoying the gourmet coffee? Well, this war room of the future does its share in keeping the nitty gritty an arm's length away. Actually, I shouldn't joke, as the better the view from the top, the better off the ground troops are. Ordnance provider, BAE Systems, has posted this video about their war room of the future. The link brings you to a graphic of a dashboard and a link to the video. It's really big (over 60 megs) so I thought I'd grab out a bunch of screenshots for you. The basic idea is that the whole room acts as a big enterprise dashboard.
This first screenshot shows you the "before" – a hand drawn whiteboard with various KPIs.
This series of screenshots shows the "after". Here is the door to the war room:
The bird's-eye view. Note the various monitors. Some are large screen monitors and others are smart screens with touch interactivity.
This one shows more of the screens. On the left side you can see a video conferencing screen with a camera on top of the screen.
Some are TV feeds. Now it's confirmed that our war leaders get their breaking news from the same place we do – broadcast news!
Other screens monitor live action. Here is a video feed of a missile launching:
Some more screenshots of dashboard systems:
Look down and you'll see the controller tablet. It controls the entire room:
Take a closer look. You'll be relieved to know that Microsoft is the wartime OS of choice:
This next series of shots reveals some details of the dashboard featured in this room. I'd like to see what the icons on the last screenshot mean – but I suppose that it's top secret or something. Actually, I guess I shouldn't kid around about spies and screenshots when it comes to systems like these.
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