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How Local Governments and Municipalities Use GPS Vehicle Tracking Brian Dziuk | Dec 11, 2015 9:00:00 AM

For local governments and municipalities, keeping track of the vehicles used by government employees can be a huge concern. This is why many local governments and municipalities use GPS vehicle tracking on their fleets of vehicles.

GPS tracking can help to optimize plow routes in winter.

How do municipalities use GPS vehicle tracking?

Here are a few ways:

1: Monitoring and Managing Driver Activities to Control Costs

Time spent in transit between point A and Point B can be an enormous drain on municipal resources. The consumption of fuel and labor hours used to get municipal workers where they need to go to do their jobs take taxpayer dollars. This issue is only made worse when driver routes are inefficient.

Using GPS vehicle tracking data, municipal dispatch centers can monitor the routes drivers take when on the job. Each turn taken, the speed at which municipal vehicles move, and their departure/arrival times can all be recorded.

Municipal offices can use this information to review deployment routes for inefficiencies, and assign new routes that minimize time spent in transit and maximize time spent working. This translates into less taxpayer dollars spent on watching municipal vehicles sit in traffic, and more on important work getting finished.

2: Optimizing Dispatch for Maintenance Vehicles

Maintaining public infrastructure is a very important task. When an emergency service call comes in for road maintenance or the like, it’s important that the maintenance issue is taken care of as quickly as possible to minimize the impact to the public.

Using GPS fleet tracking for maintenance vehicles, municipalities can check a service call against the location of each vehicle that’s currently deployed and available to see which one is the closest. This saves valuable transit time by using the closest vehicle, and by avoiding the respondent-to-respondent debate about who’s closer.

For regular, non-emergency services such as street sweeping, snowplowing, and other general maintenance/patrols, using a color-coded map system can help municipal authorities track which streets have or haven’t been serviced recently.

3: Remote Vehicle Performance Monitoring

Keeping vehicles in top working order can be difficult for municipalities. When dealing with a fleet of hundreds of vehicles that see daily use on a government oversight budget, tracking the exact mileage on each truck or car can be difficult.

GPS vehicle tracking simplifies the process immensely. With GPS fleet tracking for municipalities, overseers can check each vehicle’s total mileage and operational time, as well as key engine performance metrics. This allows municipalities to prioritize vehicle maintenance to those vehicles most in need of service, preventing costly vehicle breakdowns and delays in critical public services.

4: Optimizing Police Deployments

Aside from street sweeping and other basic maintenance tracking, GPS tracking for vehicles can be used to track the position of police squad cars in the field. This allows police dispatchers to provide greater support to officers.

For example, say that a squad car is chasing a fleeing suspect down the road. With GPS data, dispatch can track the car’s location and deploy other units further down the suspect’s path to lay down spike strips to halt the fleeing car in its tracks.

Here, the use of GPS data allows dispatch to find the closest unit to the suspect’s projected escape path, and cut it off with the greatest efficiency. This minimizes the risk of catastrophic crashes that can harm not only the suspect and police, but innocent bystanders.

Patrol car paths can also be optimized to achieve the maximum coverage and perception of police presence with the units that are available.

These are just a few of the ways in which local governments and municipalities can use GPS vehicle tracking systems to accomplish their goals of providing for the public good. 

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