Automated Vehicle Tracking
Vehicle Tracking (V-TRAC) is a custom computer application that uses Geographic Positioning System (GPS) data to track progress of the City of San Diego's Environmental Services Department's (ESD) refuse collection packers and helps provide more efficient service to City residents. Each collection packer is equipped with a GPS system that sends information via satellite on a vehicle's location, and activity each time the packer's automated arms lift. Collection Supervisors are then able to access this information on their fleet's progress from their desktop computers or laptop computers in the field. This system helps determine participation rates and tonnages collected per household as well as ensure customers receive quick response to missed collection.
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