IBM X-Force Command Cyber Tactical Operations Center

Mobile command center technology accelerates cybersecurity training on the road and extends accessibility

Following the success of their X-Force Command Center Training Facility, an immersive cybersecurity range preparing companies to effectively respond to cyberattacks, IBM created a new mobile facility. The project, based on a custom mobile trailer chassis, includes a command center operation area, conference room and exterior AV system. IBM needed a technology partner who understood command and control deployments and could design, install, integrate and maintain a multi-OEM product AV solution. With extensive experience in both mobile production and mission critical facilities, Diversified was the obvious choice. The design is based on the latest in HD display, collaboration and real-time, interactive telepresence technologies.

The Main Command Center technology is truly where the magic happens—outfitted with an operator console, enough displays to view real-time cyberattack updates from anywhere in the room, and an Oblong Mezzanine system for an interactive presentation experience. Interactivity between the five large displays and their operators is provided through interactive tracking devices and optical user wands installed in the front displays. Additional integrated content sources are provided via Apple TV and a Cisco Spark Room system. All cabling is in the floor for easier disconnection and movement with the furniture, further enhancing mobility.

The conference room was constructed with mobility and ease-of-use in mind. The front display is connected to the Cisco Spark Room system and integrated with room inputs, providing a built-in audio system. For video input, Diversified implemented a table interface for laptop connectivity.

The exterior AV system is comprised of a weather-proofed direct view LED screen and presents video and images from selected sources consisting of computer-generated shows and Apple TV sources. Diversified provided video processing devices to allow multiple sources to seamlessly display on the screen at any given time as well as a wireless microphone system enabling speech to be heard on this exterior system. A custom programmed control system enables control of all Main Command center technology, conference room and exterior AV system operations from one place.

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