For the majority of security applications, computer workstations are as critical as the cameras or recorders. A quality workstation will keep up with switching camera feeds of live video, real-time video analytics, perform complex forensic search queries and execute, often running multiple and integrated software programs.

Controlware stocks high-performance workstations by Compulab, Acer, Lenovo and ASUS. Similar to security equipment, there’s not a one-fit-all solution, and the chosen workstation brand and specifications very much depend on the project.

Generally, we believe that workstations should provide power and performance, which translates into a multi-core CPU with simultaneous multi/hyperthreading, plenty of RAM for start-up tasks, performance graphics card, and enough hard drive space (SSD is recommended) for operational requirements. In addition, the workstation must feature effective heat dissipation mechanism to keep the computer safe and functional 24/7.

Workstation Brands

Acer was founded in 1976 and is one of the world's top ICT companies with a footprint in over 160 countries and over 7,500 employees dedicated to the research, design, marketing, sale, and support of products and solutions that break barriers between people and technology. A member of the RE100 initiative for renewable energy, Acer has been recognized for its efforts in environmental, social and governance, and won numerous industry accolades. Our go-to-product in the Acer range is:


ACER Veriton N Series Desktop Workstation

The Acer Veriton N Series desktop is a small form factor PC that provides commercial-grade. Enjoy the 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9 vPro® processor with Intel® Optane™ technology in combination with up to 32GB DDR4 memory, all packed neatly in the ventilated chassis to provide ultra-fast responsiveness and efficient thermal cooling.  Get plenty of connectivity options with the fast and stable Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) as well as an array of USB ports and display ports, including a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C1 with simultaneous high speed data transfer and power charging while also supporting up to five different displays.


Asus was established in 1989 and is a multinational company known for the world’s best motherboards and high-quality computers, monitors, graphics cards, routers and other technology solutions. Today, ASUS is designing and building next-generation smart technologies to provide incredible experiences and performance across all walk of life. Acer workstations are custom built upon specifications.


The WS X299 Pro Series features the Intel LGA 2066 ATX motherboard with DDR4 4133MHz, dual M.2 and M.2 heatsink, U.2, USB 3.1 Gen 2 connectors, ASMB9-iKVM and ASUS Control Center. ASMB9-iKVM supports remote BIOS updates, fans control, standalone KVM, video recording, and BSOD capture, providing around-the-clock remote monitoring and diagnostics through remote console (Web GUI & CLI). The ultra-efficient VRM heatsink tames X299 thermals to enable unthrottled performance. Next-gen transfer speeds of up to 32 Gbps dual M.2 and U.2, plus up to 10 Gbps USB 3.1 are available.


Compulab is a leading manufacturer of fanless IoT edge computers, gateways and computer-on-module. Compulab’s Airtop, fitlet and IPC computers are recognized as some of the smallest, most durable and highly integrated PCs deployed in thousands of applications across hundreds of industries including the NASA rover Perseverance which has been exploring Mars since February 2021. Information from the rover’s cameras is gathered and processed using standard off-the-shelf Compulab computer modules. From Compulab we especially recommend the unique TENSOR PC.

COMPULAB TENSOR Factory Automation PC

The TESNOR is a specialised assembly line controller that is installed installed on the manufacturing floor. It includes a variety of interfaces for machine connection – isolated CanBus ports, dry contact relays on terminal blocks, USB ports, support for 3 display screens, LAN port, and power supply entries with failsafe redundancy. The featured processor is the CPU: Xeon E-2276 | Core i7-9850 and up to 64GB of RAM is available. The machine also features up to 3 x 4K HDMI or DisplayPort, a Cellular modem, WiFi & Bluetooth.


Lenovo is a Top 500 Fortune company and is ranked number 1 in terms of global computer market share. The company manufactures and distributes a wide range of products and services covering the consumer, corporate and government markets. Products include PCs and tablets, monitors, smart collaboration solutions, augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), software, services, and smart infrastructure data centre solutions. Amongst the Lenovo range we are particularly fond of the ThinkStation P350 SFF.

LENOVO ThinkStation P350 SFF - Intel Xeon

The ThinkStation P350 small form factor (SFF) workstation, with its compact, space-saving design packs a lot of power into its 8.2-litre footprint. A choice of up to Intel vPro® or Intel® Xeon® processors, multiple professional NVIDIA® graphics card options including dual NVIDIA® T1000, and a wide variety of storage options, make this workstation ideal for any number of security applications.


We welcome any discussions regarding workstation requirements for your project. Lean on our knowledge and experience. Contact us for more information.



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