Cerami & Associates was selected to provide acoustical and audiovisual consulting services for the FDNY Command Centers in each of the five boroughs of New York. The architecture of the older buildings included curved ceilings and arched windows which created sound reflection that interfered with an important function of the command centers: responding to 911 emergency calls. In order to reduce reflected sound, we recommended wall and ceiling coverings that not only absorbed sound, but also had the look of plaster, thus maintaining the original look of the building.
Additionally, emergency power requirements specify that engine generators must be installed at each site. In order to reduce unwanted noise, Cerami acousticians specified careful placement of these generators in combination with specially designed noise enclosures to limit auditory interference.
Cerami’s audiovisual consultants designed two high- resolution video wall displays, one for fire dispatch, and a second for EMT dispatch. Each video wall consists of six rear-screen video cubes, two wide by three high, and displays a map of its associated borough. A simplified remote control panel provides pre-configured switching of the imaged displayed on either video wall. Any one of the six video cubes that comprises a wall may be switched to pick up cable signal TV should the need arise.