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.