NJ's Snow Plows To Get GPS Upgrade

After last winter’s storm blanketed the state under more than two feet of snow,New Jersey developed a plan to retrofit the state’s snow removal equipment with GPS tracking devices. The state’s 500 plows and salt spreaders will be fitted with GPS fleet trackers which will relay information to a Department of Transportation command center in Woodbridge. The state will also provide GPS enabled cellphones to the 1,500 private trucks that assist with the winter clean up. In total the state is expected to spend approximately$17 million on upgrading their fleet.

The GPS trackers have the ability to relay a variety of information back to the command center,including which streets have been plowed,what time they were plowed,is there salt in the spreader and more. Various industries have benefited from the implementation of GPS technology. The addition of GPS trackers to snow removal equipment has the ability to streamline the snow removal process,saving the state money and producing cleaner streets.

New Jersey is not the first state to employ such technology,Boston had their fleet of plows equipped with GPS tracking technology for several years already. Pennsylvania has been using radio transmitters to locate their plows,and are looking into upgrading their technology in the coming years.

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