Watson Consoles Blog

Aug 03, 2017 High Performance Environment, Before You Buy

2017 APCO Conference & Expo

Demo Mercury at APCO 2017

Don't think you'll be there to shop?

Based on the average PSAP funding cycle, if your center hasn't purchased new console furniture within the last 7 to 10 years, it's time to consider your console options. When funding becomes available, having familiarity with console models and features eases the buying process. 

We've found that most folks in charge of buying consoles will have little to no experience in technology furniture acquisition. And, when teams are asked for input, they sometimes lack the information to make a well-informed recommendation. Here's an opportunity to turn that around!In between your classes and team activities, take time to visit the Expo Hall. APCO provides the best opportunity to kick-the-tires on technology workstations and public safety support tools. Several manufacturers will be on-hand to demonstrate their products. A little information can go a long way. Help ease the acquisition process. 

Be informed

Ask your manufacturing representatives

great consoles address common pain points

"How will your product help solve my team's pain points?"

  • Physical Discomfort
  • User Energy and Focus
  • IT Troubleshooting
  • Rapid IT Integration
  • Long-standing Durability
  • Center Expansion
  • Center Consolidation
  • Workplace Wellness
  • Downtime

Read up on current product trends

Be Educated

APCO provides opportunity to grow your skill set. And to discover tools for making your agency a healthier and happier work environment. A few sessions that we're excited about are being given by The Healthy Dispatcher (and Watson Consoles guest blogger) Adam Timm:


One Common Goal: People-Oriented PSAP Leadership
Sunday, August 13-1:30-2:30 pm


Powered by Experience: Career Longevity in 911
Monday, August 14-4:30-5:30 pm

Visit the 2017 APCO Conference Professional Development page for more information.


Be Well

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Take advantage of the Health & Wellness sessions, too. Chair yoga is being offered at the Rosen Centre - all are welcome. These stretches are fantastic for relieving tension associated with desk-bound, shift work and general muscular-skeletal health - something we are also passionate about.  As part of our blog on Compassion Fatigue and 911, you'll find six easy stretches that diffuse body tension after taxing calls. Interested in adding a little bit of movement for long-term health improvement?

Learn how NEAT Changes get Big Results.



We look forward to meeting you!

Visit the Watson team in booths #1103 and #1109. If you are not attending APCO this year, you can still be part of the action. Reach out, give us feedback and learn how your day-to-day experience directly influences our console designs.