Hudson -- The city would like to track its vehicles and has finished adding the technology to the public works fleet with plans to expand to other departments.
In 2006 the public works department started using global positioning equipment and monitoring services, GPS Insight, to monitor and manage vehicles. Over the past six years all vehicles in the public works department have GPS tracking, according to city officials.
Council will vote March 6 on legislation authorizing the payment for the annual monitoring charges, which will not exceed $35,000 from March 1, 2013 through Feb. 28, 2014.
Frank Comeriato, director of public works, said the city saved $36,000 by not having live snow dispatch for directing driver's routes.
"It's an excellent management tool," Comeriato said. "The savings comes from management issues with the vehicles."
City Manager Anthony Bales said Feb. 26 that the city was looking at adding GPS to other city-owned vehicles used for the parks, golf, police and fire departments.
The GPS fleet tracking software provides five features that include monitoring productivity, historical data, alerts, landmarks and optimizing routing.
The monitoring productivity feature monitors driver behavior, analyzes driving time, confirms fuel usage and eliminates waste, according to GPS Insight's information. The historical data is unlimited and can be used to compare year-to-year data to analyze savings.
The real-time alerts identifies drivers who are speeding, idling excessively, entering and exiting landmarked zones, driving at abnormal hours, etc.