a series of panels with control, monitoring, signaling, and dispatcher communication facilities used by a dispatcher to check and coordinate the progress of work. Automated means of collection, recording, and partial processing of data supplied to the console facilitate the monitoring and recording of data. If specialized computers and methods for mathematical optimization are used, the dispatcher’s console is automated.
A dispatcher’s console is usually part of a traffic-control station. Depending on the conditions and specific features of a project, the dispatcher’s console is often made part of the traffic control panel or located in direct proximity to it.