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Tameside tracks gritting operations via the web using Masternaut

Tameside
1 January, 2000

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council is locating its gritting vehicles in real time via the web following the installation of Masternaut’s satellite tracking service. Managers within the Engineering and Environmental Services Department are able to pinpoint the exact location of individual vehicles and monitor when the vehicle is dispersing grit.

The Masternaut system uses GPS to establish the location of the vehicle, the information is automatically transmitted via GPRS and the position of the vehicle is then recorded against Microsoft MapPoint online street mapping. The onboard system is also linked to the vehicles Power Take Off unit that controls the distribution of grit so an accurate record of gritting activity is also captured. This information is available to the gritting managers in real time for accurate reporting or incident management and a daily report is also delivered by email for historical monitoring.

“The ability to monitor and record the exact location of our vehicles and their gritting activities gives us real advantages when delivering services to our residents. If required we can easily divert a vehicle from a gritting route to respond to an emergency incident, the safety of our drivers is improved and we have historical information we can refer to if we need to investigate a query or claim from a third party” Said Depot Manager Ray Knowles.

When these vehicles are not required to undertake gritting duties they are used to support highway services teams, delivering material from the Council yard to the crews and transporting rubbish created from the highway back to the yard for safe disposal. The Masternaut system enables managers to accurately locate each vehicle delivering increased efficiencies in the service provided and real savings in time and resources used.

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Masternaut, Priory Park, Great North Road, Aberford, Leeds, LS25 3DF
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e-mail: info@masternaut.co.uk

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