Macomb Co.'s COMTEC center proving helpful for plows, salt truck - New York News

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

Posted: Updated:
A look at the COMTEC center's big screen A look at the COMTEC center's big screen
(WJBK) -

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.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Recycled car program helps those in need

    Recycled car program helps those in need

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-08-01 22:16:24 GMT
    "Life has been a struggle for me since I was little," said Debra Gregory. "(It) continues to be very hard." For years, abusive relationships and a string of domestic issues kept Gregory from owning her own car and moving forward. But today all that changed -- thanks to charitable organizations like 1-800 charity cars.Gregory was chosen by the charitable organization which works with the National Auto Body Council's Recycled Rides program to donate vehicles to those in need."I can go to the do...
    "Life has been a struggle for me since I was little," said Debra Gregory. "(It) continues to be very hard." For years, abusive relationships and a string of domestic issues kept Gregory from owning her own car and moving forward. But today all that changed -- thanks to charitable organizations like 1-800 charity cars.Gregory was chosen by the charitable organization which works with the National Auto Body Council's Recycled Rides program to donate vehicles to those in need."I can go to the do...
  • Undercover agents at murdered Armada teen's funeral

    Undercover agents at murdered Armada teen's funeral

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:07 PM EDT2014-08-01 22:07:12 GMT
    A community, clad in pink, gathered Friday for the funeral of the murdered Armada teen, April Millsap.
    A community, clad in pink, gathered Friday for the funeral of the murdered Armada teen, April Millsap.
  • Couple whose dogs fatally mauled jogger charged with second-degree murder

    Couple whose dogs fatally mauled jogger charged with second-degree murder

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:07 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:07:11 GMT
    The owners of the two dogs that fatally mauled a Livonia man while he was jogging in Lapeer County faced a judge Friday. The owners, who investigators say are in the country illegally, were taken into custody Thursday night.
    The owners of the two dogs that fatally mauled a Livonia man while he was jogging in Lapeer County faced a judge Friday. The owners, who investigators say are in the country illegally, were taken into custody Thursday night.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast

WJBK FOX 2 is proud to announce a full featured weather app for iPhone, iPad and Android!

The all new FOX 2 Weather app is now available to download for free in the Apple iTunes App Store and on the Android Market by searching for 'FOX 2 Weather.

Features include:

  • Highly responsive interactive map optimized for 3G and WiFi performance
  • Vertical and horizontal map display with looping
  • NOWrad, the gold standard for radar in the weather industry
  • Highest resolution satellite cloud imagery available
  • Exclusive patent pending Road Weather Index
  • Color coded weather alerts arranged by severity
  • Fully integrated GPS for current location awareness
  • Integrated compass overlay for 3GS models
  • Most accurate 10 day forecasts with both daily and hourly detail
  • Ability to easily save your favorite locations
  • Full featured and user tested
  • Earthquake plotting - tap on an earthquake to display its detail
  • iOS 5 compatibility
    • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

    • 'Get on Up' and James Brown's Harlem legacy

      'Get on Up' and James Brown's Harlem legacy

      Friday, August 1 2014 5:55 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:55:13 GMT
      "Get on Up" is in theaters now. The film chronicles the career of James Brown, who had a special connection to Harlem and New York. Billy Mitchell is the in-house historian at the historic Apollo Theater. He says the Apollo was a second home to Brown, as it was here where he became an international superstar who appealed to all. But Brown's NYC legacy stretches even further.
      "Get on Up" is in theaters now. The film chronicles the career of James Brown, who had a special connection to Harlem and New York. Billy Mitchell is the in-house historian at the historic Apollo Theater. He says the Apollo was a second home to Brown, as it was here where he became an international superstar who appealed to all. But Brown's NYC legacy stretches even further.
    • Dog found in abandoned home cleaned up and adopted

      Dog found in abandoned home cleaned up and adopted

      Friday, August 1 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:51:00 GMT
      A 6-year-old Shih Tzu mix that was found in an abandoned home in Lindenhurst two weeks ago now has a new home with a new family. Ziggy has been has been cleaned up and has undergone physical therapy. Babylon town employees took three and a half hours to remove nearly four pounds of matted hair after they found him. Ziggy's fur was so matted and his nails so overgrown that he could barely walk.
      A 6-year-old Shih Tzu mix that was found in an abandoned home in Lindenhurst two weeks ago now has a new home with a new family. Ziggy has been has been cleaned up and has undergone physical therapy. Babylon town employees took three and a half hours to remove nearly four pounds of matted hair after they found him. Ziggy's fur was so matted and his nails so overgrown that he could barely walk.
    • Massive emergency drill in New York City

      Massive emergency drill in New York City

      Friday, August 1 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:14:45 GMT
      The New York City Department of Health conducted a massive emergency preparedness drill at 30 facilities across the city on Friday. They tested the delivery of emergency medications in the event of a biological attack, such as anthrax, or other large-scale public health emergency in the city. The majority of the deliveries will take place to public school buildings.
      The New York City Department of Health conducted a massive emergency preparedness drill at 30 facilities across the city on Friday. They tested the delivery of emergency medications in the event of a biological attack, such as anthrax, or other large-scale public health emergency in the city. The majority of the deliveries will take place to public school buildings.
    Powered by WorldNow
    Didn't find what you were looking for?
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
    Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices