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Control Rooms

A well-run control room can provide the fundamental principles of Deter, Detect and Delay

Last Updated 14 December 2020


Security Control Rooms (SCRs) form the hub of a site’s security, continuously receiving information from a range of security staff and systems. Whether designing a new control room from scratch or looking to improve an existing control room, consideration should be given to the following items:

  • people
  • physical design
  • implementation
  • systems
  • policies
  • resilience
  • response


Front cover of CPNI Control room guidanceThe guidance contained on this page links the fundamental principles of Deter, Detect and Delay and how these can be provided by a well-run control room.

For overarching guidance on control room design, from concept to implementation, consideration of human factors and policies see CPNI control room guidance.

For information on the principles of the design and running of CCTV control rooms from a people perspective see Human factors in CCTV control rooms.

For integration of security products see Integrating Electronic Security guidance

For temporary events see Control room security personnel security capability - major events

Further information

Further information is set out inInfographic of control room design

This document gives guidance on the above and should be read in conjunction with other CPNI guidance documents covering the individual technology types which feed an SCR such as Automatic Access Control Systems, Perimeter Intruder Detection Systems, Intruder Detection Systems or CCTV. 

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