U.S: Engineers have developed a GPS-based system which analyses data collected by sensors and controls on snow-fighting vehicles to generate maps that help in reducing road maintenance costs in winters.
The system has been developed by Cirus Controls. It is equipped with a Wi-Fi data transfer system to collect, compile, store and forward on-vehicle sensor and GPS location data to a computer. It then analyses the data to create maps and reports. Fleet managers can use these maps and reports to make decisions such as reducing salt use. It displays status of vehicles’ speed and distance, plowing and spreading activities, plow routes and sites needing maintenance. Such information plays a vital role in road-clearing performance, operator safety and sending timely alerts to the public.