Fort Erie's council chambers will receive a $100,000 upgrade, ushering in a new era of technology by adding enhanced AV system, meant to increase accessibility and transparency for citizens.
The original AV system dates back over 20 years, with only minor additions and repairs over the years, but the system has become more difficult to use, with parts becoming scarce and unreliable,” says Kelly Davis, digital manager of council, in a release.
Some of the new additions to the technological infrastructure include a new projector system, with a drop down screen for widescreen and hi-res presentations, video streaming hardware (which allows live streaming of council meetings via the internet) and new hardware to accommodate listening and viewing of council meetings in the atrium, as well as a new accessible podium, which will allow residents of all sides of life to voice their concerns.
While no council is present, the new AV system will be used to relay various city information.
Tom Kuchyt, CAO said “it’s important to ensure the town is in-line with current and future technological standards … and the live streaming is in line with council’s efforts to improve transparency and inclusiveness.