January 30, 2018 07:01 PM
Welcome to what's called the Multi-Agency Command Center.
We can't tell you it's exact location, but we can tell you it provides a virtual window into just about every other Super Bowl LII event location, from U.S. Bank Stadium to Mall of America.
About 80 people from every level of government are here, so that they can work together face-to-face.
At its center: a video wall designed for situational awareness where they can see it all. For instance, officials can remove the roof of U.S. Bank Stadium and look at the rooms inside. Security cameras are highlighted with orange dots.
"If there's a problem in the stadium, we can go in and pick a camera where that feed is, and then look at what's going on," said Cmdr. Bruce Folkens.
Scroll to another screen: it shows a map of Super Bowl LIVE along Nicollet Mall. There are purple dots on the map representing security cameras, and blue dots representing actual officers currently on the street who can stream cell phone video back to the command center.
In total, they have access to more than 2,000 cameras.
And so, would you expect this room to be a bustling, chaotic place come Sunday? Command center officials hope not.
"Our goal is for it to be as quiet as possible. That's our goal," Folkens said. "In a perfect world that is what will happen."
Updated: January 30, 2018 07:01 PM
Created: January 30, 2018 04:38 PM
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