The role of government is changing the smart city. Smart government requires transparency, accountability and a dynamic anticipation of the changing needs of the citizens, especially in light of this advanced technology. Additionally, there’s an opportunity for citizen engagement to allow increased interaction between government officials and citizens.
Automated Vehicle Location (AVL)
Project AVL is a complete vehicle tracking solution providing departments with a host of detailed information about vehicle activity. Each vehicle is outfitted with a small GPS tracking unit that gathers location, speed, acceleration, and numerous other forms of data.
The application provides the visibility, history, and reporting needs for vehicle activities. This software is made powerful with the accurate real time data that is gathered. AVL provides enhanced functionality including the ability to perform turn-by-turn routing, enter Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), pre and post-vehicle inspections information, and integration with Transportation’s work order management.
Benefits Automated Vehicle Location solutions are used by City departments to track City vehicles using a GPS system and managing City vehicles’ location, speed, idle time, and other data. AVL is used to enhance routing and gain fuel savings and other efficiencies.
Current Status The City’s launched a new tool for automated vehicle location known as LiGO AVL in
March 2019. The City is currently exploring further optimizing AVL use to enhance routing and gain fuel savings and other efficiencies.
Advanced Metering Infrastructure, AMI, is automated metering for water and energy. Automated meters allow the city to get real-time consumption with two-way communication. The benefits of real-time reporting include immediate outage notification, consumption monitoring, and better customer engagement/service. This will help the City find leaks quickly, stopping a small leak from becoming a large leak or worst case a main break. Daily consumption data will also provide the City with potential rate opportunities, and studies have shown that households that can see their daily usage are more likely to engage in conservation practices.
AMI, Automated Water and Energy smart meters and supporting infrastructure, for utilities services will improve customer experience, enable cost efficiencies, and provide information for decision making. Key features include real-time consumption, predictive analytics on use & patterns, automated turn on & off utility services, outage notification, and more.