At this point we’re starting to sound like a broken record, repeating the impact, and importance of IoT innovations in the automotive and public sector spheres. Every couple of years’ new technology comes around that completely reshapes one or more existing industries. Telematics, is no exception to that phenomena.
Telematics has, and will continue change the way governments and private organizations manage their work vehicles and the crews that manage them. Moreover, Telematics will continue to impact the relationship between residents of certain areas, and how information is disseminated to them.
How many times have you wished you’d taken the alternative highway to get to work because you hadn’t realized that your cities snowplows hadn’t yet made their routes through the road you were on? Maybe where you live doesn’t snow often; still, bus routes, traffic congestion, garbage pickup routes and times, the list goes on. My point is that there are many criteria residents of certain areas depend on to get their daily tasks completed.
Essentially Telematics provides a dual purpose solution. The first, providing support to the management side of handling government and private fleets (that we’ve gone over numerous times on previous blog posts), and the second in providing a platform for transparency in government operations with around the clock updates.
The City of Tumwater has utilized this to their advantage by displaying up-to-date reports and visual data on a public facing website for residents to access any time, any place, from any device. The map tracks the location and activity of snow plows and deicing trucks. Priority routes that ensure access to critical facilities like hospitals and schools are marked to assist drivers in selecting safe routes for travel. Users can choose as much or as little information they want by choosing the number of map layers to view.