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How to Keep Streets Cleaner in The Summer With GPS Tracking Software Brian Dziuk | Jul 17, 2019 12:19:00 PM

Conducting efficient street sanitation and maintenance is a priority for your municipal fleet year-round—but it becomes even more vital in the summer months.

Under the summer heat, garbage and debris that is left out can quickly decompose, produce foul odors, and spread bacteria that presents a public health risk.

So, proper asset management and optimized operations are essential in order to protect the drivers, pedestrians, and residents in your community. But, how can you accomplish this? Waste management GPS tracking software can be your solution to keeping streets cleaner in the summertime! Here are three major ways how.

Track Your Municipal Fleet in Real-Time

Many municipal fleet managers are turning to GPS tracking software to monitor and manage their street sanitation vehicles. By making it possible to pinpoint the exact location of any vehicle at any time and from any location, visibility into your fleet operations is drastically increased. This is vital because your municipality only has so many street sanitation vehicles that it can deploy at one time. Therefore, it’s important that you always know where each one is so you can ensure that streets in your community are being cleaned as efficiently and effectively as possible.

GPS tracking can also provide enhanced reports that detail actual mileage driven and vehicle performance. For example, if a driver isn’t sticking to their assigned routes and schedules, you’ll be able to quickly notice there’s an issue when the mileage on their vehicle is much higher than it should be. Additionally, with alerts about vehicle performance, you can keep your fleet operating in peak condition and optimize maintenance scheduling. This way, there’s less risk of having to take street sanitation vehicles out of service for emergency repairs—meaning more vehicles actually out in the field and keeping streets clean!

Monitor Service Areas

For many municipal fleet managers, the biggest challenge is making sure that every part of your service area has been thoroughly covered—even when you aren’t out in the field yourself. Rastrac’s StreetComplete GPS tracking software can be a valuable solution to this common problem. It gives you the ability to monitor the service coverage area of each vehicle on a real-time map with color-coded, aging routes.

For example, a service route that has just been visited might be color coded as green, while yellow could indicate a route that is nearing the deadline for routine service, and a red code means a route or site is overdue for service.

This allows you to quickly and accurately determine which routes are most in need of street sanitation services with a simple glance at your monitor. There’s no need to sort through endless stacks of manual records or try to get a hold of an employee to ask them when a route was last cleaned. When you can effectively monitor services areas, efficiency and coverage is improved. This allows you to cover more ground with fewer vehicles and less labor, ultimately keeping your streets cleaner in the summertime!

Build Optimized Routes

Garbage or street debris left out in the hot sun will quickly begin to decompose and smell—which means in the summertime, street sanitation vehicles have no time to waste. By building optimized routes and making sure your drivers stick to them through GPS tracking software, you can maximize your street maintenance fleet’s coverage. You’ll be able to create ideal routes for each vehicle and track their progress, and if a traffic jam or road closure would delay those routes, you’ll be alerted in real-time. This way, you can reroute those vehicles so they can continue working at maximum efficiency.

This drastically improves the distribution of your assets in the field and ensures your vehicles are always taking the routes that get them to their destination as quickly as possible. StreetComplete can also be used here to take this a step further. When you’re always aware of which areas are most in need of street sanitation services, you can adjust routes and redistribute your field assets to where they’ll have the biggest impact without excessive overlapping.

There are numerous reasons to use waste management GPS tracking software in your municipal fleet—and these reasons are only amplified in the hot and humid summer months.

To learn more about how our asset tracking software and GPS tracking solutions can help you keep the streets in your community cleaner this summer, reach out to a Rastrac expert!

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