Newton, MA tapped McMahon's TRAISR to manage plow & salt operations when mother nature dropped more than 100 inches of snow in the winter of 2014-2015.
Newton, MA embraces innovation and sought to expand their snow management best practices. With increasing demand to do more with less, and increased public scrutiny, Newton focused on gaining efficiencies using GIS to track and manage operations. They chose Traisr for their 2014-2015 winter operations management. Additionally, all vehicles were equipped with GPS for tracking, including portable GPS for contractor equipment.
The system transmitted plow location updates:
- Every 10 seconds for the entire snow event
- At times for 96 hours = 72,000 data points /hour generating nearly 7 Million data points for one event!
- All of which could be recalled for future analysis.
The system operated FLAWLESSLY, over ALL events—more than 100 inches of total snowfall
Newton managers were able to monitor live, and recall post-event, all contractor locations to verify activity and process invoices accurately.
All previous hotspots, areas where citizens complained, were identified by the city and tested during the storm. When citizens called for an update on their street, managers were able to inform them precisely when a street was plowed, or would be.
Going forward, Newton city managers have historical data for the city and will be able to forecast the following for future snow events:
- Resources & materials
- When to deploy resources
- How much time it will take to clear given forecasted snowfalls
- Budgeting across all these areas for subsequent years