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In one room, many eyes and ears on the RNC

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The Multi-Agency Communications Center, or MACC, will be up and running in four days and will be the hub of communications for the RNC.

It is a room filled with four massive TV screens and long tables filled with computers and phones.

Roughly 60 local, state and federal agencies will fill the seats, 24 hours a day, while the convention is in full swing.

"This room enables us all to be in one place and receive real-time information, as far as accuracy and really what's going on, on the street, " explained George Ogilvie with the U.S. Secret Service.

The placards on the table read like a who's who of agencies: FBI, FEMA, U.S. Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, Customs and Border Protection.

The four big screens can be split into grids to view multiple areas at a time or pinpoint one spot on a street, where a situation may be happening.

Chief Jane Castor with the Tampa Police Department says it will make evaluating information more efficient.

"Information will come in, we'll vet it for it's applicability to the safety of the event, ensure it is valid information and then get it to the people who need that information to take whatever action is necessary," she said.

They can view city cameras, or helicopter views.

"We will bring in inputs from traffic cameras, DOT assets, we will have all the various media functions so we can see breaking news and that can be responded to," said Matt Miller, the RNC Coordinator.

It's the same response used for Super Bowls and other large-scale events.

Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee says it limits the potential for communication problems.

"They're talking to each other. They have the ability clearly to talk to anyone in the room and coordinate, so we cut out a lot of confusion," Gee said.

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