New technology shows real-time road conditions around Shelby County

New technology shows real-time road conditions around Shelby County
(Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Despite many businesses closing their doors due to the icy road conditions Monday morning, many people like news reporters and mail carriers had no choice but go to work.

Shelby County's Office of Preparedness is using a new piece of technology that shows real-time conditions as they change on each road.

Webcams mounted on Office of Preparedness trucks are connected to a laptop that sends pictures back to the command center, allowing them to have a better idea how conditions are changing around the county.

"We just take it right to the scene so that everybody back there can get an idea of exactly what is happening and get a better idea of what is needed," explained Mike Brazzell, Office of Preparedness.

This is the first winter event the web cameras have been used. There are ten of them in operation.

Multiple agencies are able to tune in the camera, helping them to dispatch crews and notify law enforcement of trouble areas.

Shelby County's Office of Preparedness Deputy Administrator Levell Blanchard says the new cameras will help them better prepare for all scenarios.

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