During Intense Winter Weather, GPS Helps Snow Plows

Residents of Milford, MA will be on the roads faster than most this winter thanks to new GPS Systems installed in the city’s snow plows. The Highway Department had money in the budget to equip 50-70 privately contracted snow plows with the new units.

Highway Surveyor, Scott Crisafulli, elaborates on the efficiency of the new GPS units saying they’re able to “save up to an hour on each truck of wasted time.” He also said drivers can check in and out of work using the GPS system, eliminating trips to and from the tow barn.

Snow plows can now be tracked on a map to ensure they stay on their specified route and surveyors can see exactly what roads have been cleared. Additionally, help can be dispatched more efficiently when a snow plow breaks down.

The GPS data stays in the system for 30 days coming in handy if a resident claims a snow plow hit their mailbox or sideswiped their vehicle.

Milford adopted the system when larger Massachusetts cities like Boston and Worcester experienced success with similar GPS systems.