Traditional in-house dispatch center/emergency workstations were not designed to be movable, thus require large, heavy, and complicated machinery to process critical information. When on-site work became highly critical when facing emergencies, portable machines came on the market for mobile emergency workstations. Disaster sites are often chaotic and short of resources. Hence capable remote workstation allowed for real-time responses to be effectively navigated in a timely and precise way through being able to understand the situation, make necessary decisions on the spot with minimal delay.
There are challenges to overcome when choosing a motherboard for the machine to fit on-site demands. The size of the motherboard must be small and easily portable for on-site usages. It must support three-screens output simultaneously to manage three-dimensional restoration images of the scene as well as camera and audio equipment so it is fit to be the eyes and ears of the person in command. Last but not least, it must support a Wi-Fi connection for real-time data transmission and command.
ASRock Industrial partners with the portable industrial computer solution provider to co-create an upgraded three-screen mobile workstation through the compact MXM IPC-Q370 Micro-STX motherboard to effectively address the disaster response challenges at hand. The MXM IPC-Q370 is powered by Intel® 9th/ 8th Gen Core™ Processors with Q370 chipset (Coffee Lake-S) for optimal speed and precision. The I/O allows for DP 1.2 to display three 15.6-inch high definition screens and supports MXM with PCle x16 Lanes (Gen3) for the graphics card (Type A/Type B/Type B+) along with one M.2 Key M for a video capture card. The visual upgrade can display command and dispatch details, site maps, and real-time video surveillance simultaneously with one machine. Information presented in a three-dimensional manner greatly improves the timeliness and accuracy of decision-making.
The mobile workstation is also supported by USB 3.1 (Gen1) for the camera, and audio for microphones to bring reliable audio function. For the essential connection to be reliable, the machine has M.2 Key E for Wi-Fi router and DC-in to UPS (Uninterruptible Power System). These capabilities combined provides the most reliable tools to gather information from the field, track and report back to incident command to coordinate the response, and process available data to understand what is possible during the decision-making process.
MXM IPC-Q370 empowers the Portable Three-screen Emergency Workstation
With upgraded capabilities to understand emergencies and have stable communication with in-house experts, critical decisions can be made in the most timely, accurate, and precise manner.
Emergency sites are oftentimes chaotic and short of available resources. With the light and portable workstation, one can navigate easily with the needed equipment on the go.
For critical problem solving, integration of multi-dimensional information needs to be done as quickly as possible. The three-screen design allows for effective receipt, process, and analysis of available data.