Video: Audio Visual Excellence outfitted Olympic security center

During the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, the eyes of federal, local and state agencies were vigilantly focused on the Canadian border...

Video by Andriy Semenyuk

During the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, the eyes of federal, local and state agencies were vigilantly focused on the Canadian border from a former warehouse near the Bellingham International Airport. What most people don’t know is that the warehouse was outfitted with state-of-the-art technology by Bellingham-based Audio Visual Excellence.

Throughout the Olympics, the Olympics Coordination Center has given representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Patrol a single place to coordinate their surveillance and security efforts in the event of a disaster or terrorist attack during the international games.

The model has been so successful that Washington’s elected leadership has approved the center to remain active even after the Olympics.

“At a time when we know terrorists are looking for weak links, the coordination center has been a successful model for bringing law enforcement agencies together,” Washington state Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Rick Larsen wrote in a letter to Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano.

As the games come to a close, The Bellingham Business Journal took this opportunity to take a peek inside the center and to chat with a Bellingham business arming federal, state and local law enforcement with the tools they need to keep the border protected.

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