The final aim of Command & Control Center, necessarily is, what we can conveniently call Intelligent Convergence. The need of convergence cannot be overemphasised & there is overwhelming technical effort to achieve the same, has still not yielded the real concrete results . The technical convergence would emanate out of the domain & its functional convergence. Technical convergence is the enabler of functional convergence delivering magical results.
Functional convergence would decide the functions needed to be integrated in the kind of value add format. As an analogy, we can talk about creation of ERP, after years of working in silos. The ERPs which got created on a modular model, gave the best of modular & the integrated models. Moving a few notches higher with the growth of IT as a general public purpose technology, ERP, Dial 100, CCTV networks, TETRA Public Safety Network, Disaster management, filtered social media feeds et al, ought to converge in the start of art Command & Control Centers.
The understanding of domain from a conventional point of view is not enough. Data & the value perspective has to be added to the domain. Otherwise, data remains held up in digital data tombs & an integrated dashboard, becomes another display for viewing pleasure, supposedly declaring your digital arrival.
The technical convergence can be initiated with the technical matrix of the components, which are in place & either have a compatibility to the proposed system or can be done with minimal effort. The maturity of silos is of critical importance. The missing components cannot be left out & should be integrated into the design, for later modular integration. Software stitches the feeds into an intelligent fit. Enhanced performance proves it’s success.
The capability to envision the business plan of convergence & what disruptive value add can generate, is the game changer.
DATA IS TO A TECHNOCRAT TODAY, WHAT CLAY IS TO A POTTER.