Winter Operations Trends Report, What You Need to Know

We’re always looking for innovative service offerings to help drive safety and efficiency in exciting new ways. In an effort to stay ahead of the emerging needs of our partners throughout the country, Plow Ops recently concluded research on winter operations trends for 2018. We interviewed various personnel in fleet operations and roadway/utility maintenance at the city, county and state levels. Keep reading for insight into the future of winter operations.

Many communication challenges exist during inclement weather.

Communication during inclement weather can be chaos. Sometimes it can be attributed to poorly mapped communication flow at local, state and federal levels. Sometimes it’s due to equipment damage and malfunction. Regardless of the cause, disaster-resistant communication for both government efficiency and traveler safety is clearly needed.

Disparate systems create serious data management and logistics issues.

Disparate technology solutions are beginning to create serious data management and logistics issues. New technologies are key to staying competitive, but a decades-old system probably won’t support current software securely and efficiently. And demand is high for key staff to understand analytics without depending on IT to streamline operations and stay efficient as a team.

Capturing video from plows ensures HQ makes better decisions.

Video capture in the field avoids ambiguity in real-time condition monitoring, as well as help HQ make better decisions on when to dispatch and where to direct plows. Video capabilities also drive additional efficiencies like helping managers train new hires and helping existing employees improve their efficiency.

Plow Ops has benefits outside the winter season.  

There has been a lot of demand for Plow Ops features and functionality outside of the winter season. After all, most trucks are multi-use across all seasons. We frequently get asked about landscaping applications from tree trimming to leaf collection, as well as road maintenance applications from manhole covers to sign maintenance. There is even the ability to use Plow Ops to report road kill (which brings back fond memories of Road Kill Grill in Montana whose slogan is “From Your Grill to Ours”).

Looking ahead, the future of Plow Ops is bright.

Join Josh Parker, vice president of product development at NeoTreks, as he presents “Utilizing Mobile Apps for Weather Responsive Traffic” as part of the FAST TRACK education sessions at the 2017 APWA Snow Conference in Des Moines, Iowa. The session takes place Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at 1PM in room 316-317.

Idaho Digs Out After Record Snowfall. Are You Prepared?

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Record snowfall in Idaho has left many state and local officials wondering if plow fleets are ready for the next major storm. When it comes to winter operations, knowledge is power. With tools like road condition reporting, driver and route status, and communication tracking and event logs, you can feel confident your fleet is ready to tackle unpredictable weather conditions.

Having more snow on the ground than ever before also means there are more plows in the field. The addition of outsourced plow vendors adds complexity to daily fleet management. The more plows you have to manage simultaneously, the more important it becomes to have one tool to effectively manage multiple use cases and alert drivers to shifting priorities in the field.

With road condition reporting accuracy and timeliness, plow operators can also help reduce the total number of vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities that occur daily on roadways. According to meteorologists at the local National Weather Service, actively checking road conditions for critical incidents and practicing appropriate winter driving will contribute to improving public safety during harsh weather conditions.

Don’t let the next major storm catch you off guard. Contact us to learn how Plow Ops™ helps state and local agencies improve safety, increase efficiency and reduce weather-related delays.