CommandSim requires a web server (computer) to install and operate, but does not
include any computer hardware,
display devices, or radios (communication devices).
Customers must assume responsibility for the installation and maintenance
of the network and computer environment.
We have put together some suggestions for possible installations and associated costs:
| Laptop Kit
Good for departments that want a basic setup for use of the program, and do not have a dedicated area for computer-based training (emphasis on portability). Typical department for this setup wants to conduct training and evaluation exercises and follow-up critique in the same general location.
Computers: 10-15 laptops ($1000-1500 each, with non-widescreen display, plus mouse, Windows XP Home or Pro, Vista, or Windows 7 [other than starter edition]), and wireless cards), possibly 1-2 tablet PC's ($1000-2500 each, similar configuration as laptops) or tablet netbooks or slates (except iPad). We also suggest buying one higher-end computer as the scenario design workstation, with a dual monitor.
Networking Hardware: Wireless router with extended range. We also recommend purchasing a 10- or higher-port hub for hardwired connections and associated ethernet cables, in mission-critical situations (total less than $1000) .
Miscellaneous: hard travelling cases (roughly $300-400 per case that stores 5 laptops); SmartBoard (see below); projector, camera, camcorder, radios
| Training Center Setup
Good for departments that have a dedicated area for computer-based training, or want to integrate the program into an existing intra- or internet configuration (perhaps across multiple stations).
Computers: 10-15 workstations ($750-1500 each, with non-widescreen display, plus mouse, Windows XP Home or Pro, Vista, or Windows 7 [except starter edition]), possibly 1-2 tablet PC's ($1000-2500 each, similar configuration as other computers) or tablet netbooks/slates (coming late 2010 or 2011). We also suggest buying one higher-end computer as the scenario design workstation, with a dual monitor.
Server and Networking Hardware: Fixed router, hubs, wiring, dedicated server and maintenance, $5,000-10,000
Miscellaneous: SmartBoard (see below); projector, camera, camcorder, radios
Special display devices, such as a SmartBoard (a large, whiteboard-like
device that permits interaction via touch—something useful for the
incident command) typically cost $1,000-2,000, plus the
additional cost of a computer projector (roughly $750-2000).
A more portable alternative to the SmartBoard is the e-Beam. This turns any wall into a touch screen.
If you do not have a digital camera, you do not need any special features, but if you want to shoot panorama and 360-degree images, we suggest the panoramic lens from 0-360.com (lens is about $650, which you order with an adapter based on your camera).