Severe snow can be predicted, but the cost of imperfect planning for gritters has a lasting impact on County Council budgets. In addition, the grit is expensive. It’s essential to grit routes efficiently, but also to plan a route that optimises human resources and makes sense logistically.
New Location Data
Mapcite used location analytics and visualisation tools to interrogate key data sets and analyse the geography of the area – highlighting which roads would be more vulnerable to frozen snow. The raw data included road gradients, too, which enabled gritter operators to also work out the optimal route for fuel supplies.
The potential cost savings convinced stakeholders to commission a proof of concept and the impact of this work and the potential of location data was fully recognised.