BlueWater Technologies presents TechExpo14: Journey to Innovation, Explores Future Technology and its Impact on Consumer and Employee Engagement

Join area decision makers at TechExpo14: “Journey to Innovation” with keynote address by Michael Rogers (Futurist-In-Residence for The New York Times and author of the “Practical Futurist” column for MSNBC). This full day of technology thought leadership, networking and hands-on experiences promises to change the way you think about employee and customer communication.

Mark your calendar! TechExpo14 will be held at The Fillmore – Detroit on May 21, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

This 6th annual Signature Event will kick-off with a keynote address by Michael Rogers, Futurist-In-Residence for The New York Times and author of the “Practical Futurist” column for MSNBC. Roger’s topic, “Business Technology by 2020: Science Fiction Becomes Reality” will set the stage for further discussion and exploration throughout the day, including break-out sessions, panel discussions and more.

Rounding out the event will be the Exploration Stations in the Main Theater where over 30 industry leaders in a/v technology will present their latest cutting edge product solutions.

Tickets are now on sale. $55 in advance and $65 at the door, which includes the Keynote Address, all educational sessions, open access to the exhibits, innovative lunch and cocktail reception fare by Cutting Edge Cuisine, plus open bar and entertainment by DJ Captin20 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Full event schedule and registration information available at http://bluewatertechexpo.com .

BlueWater Technologies provides audio/visual systems and integration for video wall, centerpiece of $13.3M communications technical operations center for Macomb County Michigan

SOUTHFIELD, MI – BlueWater Technologies Inc. (www.bluewatertech.com), an industry leading provider of custom audio visual integration and event technology, recently completed work on a complex 20-by-50 foot video wall that is the centerpiece of Macomb County, Michigan’s state-of-the-art Communications and Technical Operations Center (COMTEC) facility. The Project Architect for the entire project was Partners in Architecture, PLC and the technology installation was completed in cooperation with Motor City Electric Technologies, Inc. with BlueWater Technologies providing the audio/visual systems and integration.

The video wall has 54 individual 70-inch monitors/LEDs and over 50 different display variations. Inputs on the Macomb County Police Fire and Emergency video wall include: weather and GIS mapping, TV/cable stations, Road Department cameras, Michigan Department of Transportation cameras, siren alerting system, computer displays, and video conferencing. In the future, the center will also be able to accept and integrate with other systems and live feeds from mobile command vehicles, private businesses and schools.

“This project took a lot of time, hard work, collaboration and creativity from all companies involved. David Lewis from Barco and Aziz Bou-Chaaya from BlueWater Technologies were instrumental in taking the visions of Adam Lach (Partners in Architecture) and Vicki Wolber (Macomb Director of Emergency Management), as well as Adam Merchant (Macomb Traffic Engineer) and his team, from an idea to a turnkey solution. This project was two years in the making and without consistent ideology, this could have failed; but the hard work and dedication of these teams made this a very streamlined and successful project,” explains Nick Marino, Account Executive and project lead at BlueWater.

At the grand opening of the COMTEC facility, Vicki Wolber, Director of Emergency Management, Macomb County commented,

“BlueWater Technologies had an incredible design team…I told them that I need versatility in an emergency because we never know where our inputs will come from…and that is exactly what they gave us. They are so creative.”

The BlueWater Technologies project team, led by Nick Marino, included Aziz Bou-Chaaya, Ken Box, Troy Ziegler, and Woody Booth. According to Ken Box, lead programmer and engineer on the project for BlueWater,

“The inclusion of a customizable touch panel allows users an intuitive way to customize and control all the technology including the audio and video content on the wall. We created 9 preset layouts for the video wall in standard mode plus a special emergency (county and national) and tour mode (for visitors). The panel also allows the user to search by local sources, jurisdiction and keyword from hundreds of sources.”
To learn more about the technology and implementation of this multi-jurisdictional government project, click on http://info.bluewatertech.com/comtec to see the video wall at the COMTEC grand opening and reach out to Nick Marino at nmarino@bluewatertech.com or 800-344-6575 ext 239.

About Macomb County Communications and Technology Center (COMTEC)
Completed in December of 2013, the $13.3 million dollar Macomb County [Michigan] Communications and Technology Center is a 25,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility that provides 24/7 situational awareness for residents, businesses and first responders. The facility houses the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Centralized Dispatch, the Road Department Traffic Operations Center, the Information Technology Department and Data Center, and the Emergency Management & Communications Department. Placing all of these operation centers into one location allows COMTEC to maximize scarce resources and improve services.

About BlueWater Technologies Inc.
BlueWater Technologies is a national provider of Meeting & Event Technology, Audio Visual Integration, Digital Activations, and Custom Displays & Fixtures. We are an industry leader in the design, engineering and implementation of custom technology-based solutions. Our solutions have been exceeding client expectations for nearly 30 years. We are a certified woman-owned business headquartered in Southfield, Michigan with additional locations in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Mesick, MI; Indianapolis, IN; Orlando, FL and Washington D.C.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Mary Bujold at 800-344-6575 ext 572 or email at mbujold@bluewatertech.com.

BlueWater Technologies rises to #16 in key industry ranking of Top 50 Systems Integrators

For 10th consecutive year Systems Contractor News names privately held Michigan AV firm BlueWater Technologies to 2013 Top 50 Systems Integrators list

SOUTHFIELD, MI – BlueWater Technologies Inc., an industry leading provider of custom audio visual integration and event technology, moves up two spots to #16 in key industry ranking of Top 50 Systems Integrators by Systems Contractor News (SCN). This is the 10th consecutive year BlueWater Technologies has appeared on the annual list which is published annually in the December issue of SCN magazine—an industry resource for more than 20 years.

BlueWater has been rising in the listing since the program’s inception in 2004. The list is developed from voluntary submissions to an SCN annual survey. SCN ranks the U.S. and Canada’s leading integrators based on projected revenue and growth from one year to the next, from those firms willing to share their internal numbers to establish an industry snapshot.

“Making the SCN Top 50 again this year is a testament to our employees’ dedication to delivering exceptional service and adding value to our customers,” said Vice President of Sales Mack Truax. “The SCN list reflects the strength and increasing value of our industry, and BlueWater is proud to help set the benchmark for AV firms both large and small.”

As BlueWater Technologies’ revenue growth continues along with its upward trajectory in this SCN Top Integrator listing, the company proudly supports the local Michigan economy and hires within the state to support integration services as well as digital activations and live events.

BlueWater Technologies is a national provider of Meeting & Event Technology, Audio Visual Integration, Digital Activations, and Custom Displays & Fixtures. We are an industry leader in the design, engineering and implementation of custom technology-based solutions. Our solutions have been exceeding client expectations for nearly 30 years. We are a certified woman-owned business headquartered in Southfield, Michigan with additional locations in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Mesick, MI; Indianapolis, IN; Orlando, FL and Washington D.C.

Recognized as Leading Private Company Job Creator by Inc. Magazine, BlueWater Technologies opens downtown Detroit Office

 

The certified women-owned business, headquartered in Southfield, Michigan
opens its seventh location in North America and fourth location in Michigan

SOUTHFIELD, MI – BlueWater Technologies Inc. (www.bluewatertech.com), an industry leading provider of custom audio visual integration and event technology, was recently recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of America’s leading private company job creators. BlueWater Technologies was a recipient of Inc. Magazine’s 2nd annual “Hire Power Award.”

Recognizing “heroes of the U.S. economy” who have generated the most jobs in an 18 month period, Inc. Magazine ranked BlueWater Technologies as #9 in the State of Michigan for private job creation as part of its Hire Power Awards. This is the second time in 2013 that BlueWater Technologies has been recognized by Inc. Magazine, which previously named the company #67 in the Metro Detroit Area as part of its U.S. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies.

“We understand the vital role of small and mid-sized businesses in Michigan’s economic resurgence, and especially Detroit’s. Opening a downtown Detroit office is a natural outgrowth of our expertise in historic building installations and audiovisual integrations. We are excited to bring our corporate audiovisual and event solutions to the growing list of companies committing to the “D,” said Tom Battaglia, BlueWater Technologies’ President.

The Detroit office of BlueWater Technologies is located at Campus Martius in the First National Building, 660 Woodward Avenue, Detroit 48226. Contact Mr. Gary Lusk at 800-344-6575 ext 572 for more information about the latest business collaboration, meeting space, and corporate event technology.

ABOUT BLUEWATER TECHNOLOGIES LLC
BlueWater Technologies is a national provider of Meeting & Event Technology, Audio Visual Integration, Digital Activations, and Custom Displays & Fixtures. We are an industry leader in the design, engineering and implementation of custom technology-based solutions. Our solutions have been exceeding client expectations for nearly 30 years. We are a certified woman-owned business headquartered in Southfield, Michigan with additional locations in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Mesick, MI; Indianapolis, IN; Orlando, FL and Washington D.C.

ABOUT INC. MAGAZINE
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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Mary Bujold at 800-344-6575 ext 572 or email at mbujold@bluewatertech.com.