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Improving Public Safety Through Real-Time Tracking and Activity Monitoring

The Department of Public Works for the City of Dayton provides core public services for the health, safety and comfort of its citizens. The city manages ice and snow removal on the city’s 1,800 lane miles as well as waste collection and water and water operations using its fleet of nearly 210 vehicles.

The Challenge

In an effort to better manage winter events and ensure driver and community safety, the City of Dayton began the search for a reliable AVL (Automatic Vehicle Location) and GPS system for the waste, water and snow removal operations teams. After issuing a competitive RFP, the city selected CalAmp to provide the system needed to achieve their goals.

The Solution

CalAmp’s GovOutlook ESRI GIS-based AVL system provided the technology the city needed to better manage winter events in real-time by tracking driver activity and route progress, which resulted in improved customer response times and driver safety

Helping to monitor driver activity, GovOutlook interfaces with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) devices installed in each snow maintenance vehicle. These devices feature an alarm that goes off when the driver places their keys in the ignition. Drivers must then scan their city ID to turn off the alarm. Now, the city’s street maintenance manager can generate reports that indicate which city employee is operating a vehicle and the activity associated with that vehicle. In addition, GovOutlook interfaces with an in-vehicle PTO (Power Take Off) sensor, which in turn allows the fleet manager to view when equipment attached to the vehicle is powered on.

Efficient and reliable, GovOutlook provided the city with a consolidated view of assets, vehicles, drivers and plow location, all of which continue to contribute to improved customer service and driver safety during winter events.

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