Posted by: Kathleen Lagunsad, April 24th, 2014
When snow starts to fall, there’s one thing that’s sure to cross everyone’s mind – “where’s my snow plow?”.
During a storm, it’s easy for citizens to get frustrated, wondering when a snow plow will come by and remove the snow from their streets. Lucky for them, many cities are adopting new technology to communicate this information more effectively to the public, helping improve citizen services.
Cities and municipalities across North America are recognizing the importance of maintaining transparency and accountability with constituents, especially during snow storms. Many are turning to new technology that allows the public to track where snow plows are and which streets have been plowed.
The most common method is through a website where citizens can view a map showing the location of snow plows in their city. Often, the information on these websites utilize the city’s GPS/AVL fleet tracking system, allowing them to use real-time data they already have, but in a form that is accessible to the public. Some examples of cities that have public-facing websites include:
Other cities are going a step further and providing the same information on mobile devices through the use of apps. One example is “Buffalo Roads” – the telematics industry’s first fully integrated mobile application for road status, implemented by the City of Buffalo in collaboration with Webtech Wireless’ Webtech 511 solution. The application, which is available on Apple, Android, and Windows platforms, provides citizens with instant information on road conditions, including when a street was last plowed, and other valuable traffic and news information.
APWA Snow Conference
Webtech Wireless will be exhibiting at the APWA Snow Conference next weekend from May 4 – 7 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Be sure to stop by booth #620 to learn more about our solutions, or attend one of our sessions (information below) at the conference.
Hear directly from public works professionals about the benefits of utilizing mobile and web-based application services to keep constituents informed, using real-time data they already posses.
Date: Sunday, May 4, 2014
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Junior Ballroom C
Exhibitor Solutions Theatre
Learn more about Webtech 511 – North America’s first real-time roads app.
Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Time: 10:40 – 11:25 am
Location: Trade Show Floor – Booth 1301