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Macomb Co.'s COMTEC center proving helpful for plows, salt trucks

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A look at the COMTEC center's big screen A look at the COMTEC center's big screen
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With snowstorms come accidents, but here at the Macomb County Communication Technology Center, or what they refer to as COMTEC, this state-of-the-art building allows them to keep a closer eye on the roads.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel says about 60 cameras are able to zoom in on major intersections. The center is hoping to soon have 300 cameras available.

"We can see the roads and see what's actually taking place. When people do call us with a troubled area, maybe an accident that's blocking an intersection or we see ... an area that has a lot of ice that needs more salt, we know how to dispatch an area to and from those areas. Even if we realize there's some blowing snow, and drifting snow, we've got to get a plow over there," he explains.

VIDEO: Click on the video above to hear more from Hackel in a report from Fox 2's Derek Kevra

Hackel believes the center has expedited response time from salt trucks and plows since dispatchers are able to spot, or foresee, problem areas on the monitors.

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