When working with the U.S. government to outfit a control room or command center for one of their agencies, all products, and services used must be TAA compliant. However, what does it mean to be TAA compliant, and why is it so important in a military control room environment? In this post, we answer these two questions.
What is TAA Compliance?
The Trade Agreements Act (TAA) was enacted on July 26, 1979, to govern the trade agreements negotiated between the United States and other countries. The TAA was designed to foster the growth of a fair and open international trading system, to expand commerce opportunities for the United States in global trade, and to improve and enforce the rules of international trade. Essentially, TAA compliance means that products used in government facilities or for federal projects must be made in the U.S. or certain designated countries. Products produced in Japan, such as Mitsubishi Electric video walls, are TAA compliant, making them cleared for use in U.S. government projects and contracts. In fact, many countries are considered TAA compliant. However, the list of non-TAA compliant countries includes China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Russia, and Sri Lanka.
Why is TAA Compliance important in Military Control Rooms and Command Centers?
Military control rooms, command centers and other similar facilities are all government-operated agencies, and TAA compliance is essential in these environments. This is because TAA compliance requires that specific standards are met to ensure that the products used in these environments are safe, reliable, and durable. As a result, TAA compliant hardware is built to a higher standard, making these products highly dependable in demanding situations. Dependability is paramount in military mission-critical command rooms where hardware systems are routinely operating in life or death situations.
Video Walls and TAA Compliance
When designing control rooms, large scale video walls and multi-screen displays commonly act as a centralized hub, displaying and disseminating sensitive information for all operators to see. Consequently, it is vital that these display wall systems do not fail. Having only TAA compliant video walls in federal control room environments ensures that there is little risk that the hardware will cease to function in critical situations.
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