Research Bureau Urges GPS Trackers on Worcester, Mass., Fleet Vehicles – Detail #5
BY CYRUS MOULTON, TELEGRAM & GAZETTE / NOVEMBER 1, 2018
Baltimore County, Md., added GPS to 850 vehicles and saw county vehicles drive 817,000 fewer miles than in the previous year and save nearly $300,000 worth of fuel, according to the Regional Research Bureau report.
(TNS) — The Worcester, Mass., Regional Research Bureau is recommending equipping city vehicles with GPS trackers, saying in its most recent report that this would save money, be better for the environment, and provide more oversight over employees, among other benefits.
“The Research Bureau believes the time has come to equip the entirety of Worcester’s fleet with GPS trackers,” the bureau wrote in its report, Tracking City Equipment: How Expanded GPS Monitoring Could Benefit Worcester, which was released Wednesday. “The city is missing an opportunity to collect data that can offer now-hidden optimizations and cost savings that cannot be uncovered by human oversight alone.”
The city of Worcester owns nearly 900 vehicles, more than half of them assigned to the Department of Public Works and Parks. Nearly 50 vehicles have GPS trackers, including city-owned sweepers and sanders and some contracted sanders. Installation is ongoing for the remainder of the contracted sanders, according to the report.
GPS tracking is already paying off.
“While the DPW would not estimate a dollar amount saved through the system, GPS Insight, which holds Worcester up as a case study, claims a savings of $10,000 per year between time and material saved,” the report noted.
The report said tracking systems generally result in two related things: saving money and increasing efficiency.
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