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Georgia gets smart, adds GPS to weather maintenance vehicles

by GPS4US 2014-02-13 17:16

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

That’s the message the Georgia Department of Transportation is sending to Mother Nature in the wake of
the not-that-massive snowstorm that ground the city of Atlanta to a halt.

GDOT is using a GPS-enabled system to keep track of the location of road maintenance crews in real
time, in relation to salt barns and maintenance facilities.

GDOT is also using the GPS system to try to pinpoint potential problem areas based on the late January
storm.

"Since the last storm, we've been looking at options to track and dispatch vehicles more efficiently
because we could not get out to the accidents," GDOT Chief Information Officer Jeff Hill told the
Associated Press.

Hill told the AP that the devices and subscription would cost at least $3,000 per vehicle.

The same GPS program can help Georgia manage evacuations by cross referencing traffic volume and speed
data with the location of the crews, the AP reported.

Workers were due to be trained on the GPS system on Thursday, but the impending storm across much of
the Eastern part of the United States forced them to move training up to Tuesday.

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