Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are becoming increasingly relevant as more enterprises, tools, databases and business systems move online. Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) applications like LiGO® bring additional mobile asset management functionality to GIS systems.
Here are 5 reasons why:
1. Cost, time, and environmentally efficient.
Many local/state governments have departments that already use GIS. With the addition of AVL resource management software like LiGO®, the GIS capabilities are accelerated to their full potential at a comparably slight cost; which is eventually regained with the savings made from better management of assets. ROI can sometimes be achieved in a day.
The presence of the software also urges employees to drive responsibly, as it provides management insight on crew activities in real-time or through historic information. Environmental benefits are substantial as well, as emissions can be reduced with anti-idling events.
2. Communication with the public.
Citizens also benefit from AVL applications, as some governments provide web-based versions of their maps to the public. During the winter, stakeholders can locate, track, and receive detailed information on snowplow activities and street conditions in real-time.
3. Rapid emergency and disaster response.
Advancements have come strikingly far in delivering efficient analytics to governments regarding their disaster/emergency response protocols. LiGO® is able to report in real-time a snowplows trip, idle, or plow-down time, revealing the commonly overlooked inefficiencies. Other standard features include alerts triggered by harsh driving, customizable “GeoFences”, and GPS-oriented job sites.
Furthermore, coordinating with other departments, government officials, private enterprises and the public can be difficult. GIS and AVL technologies can create one online “landing page” which automatically updates, granting everyone a shared view; the levels of access and various restrictions are customizable through administrators.
4. Maintenance and preparedness.
Resource management software helps keep equipment in tip top shape by automating and scheduling vehicle maintenance reports, which give managers full knowledge of the condition and readiness of their fleet(s).
A quote from Russ Johnson, director of Public Safety and Homeland Security for Esri (Creators of ArcGIS), said
“Whether people realize it or not, there’s a geo component to almost everything…” and “All businesses should have a continuity plan and understand the vulnerabilities they’re geographically exposed to.”