Montreal to stream real-time snow removal info

The city of Montreal wants to set up a virtual tool to stream real-time snow removal information

The city of Montreal says it's going to set up the technology to deliver snow removal information as it happens to improve and speed up operations.

After two major snowstorms so far, the executive committee yesterday discussed snow removal problems including towing thousands of cars and those familiar orange 'No parking' signs left up for two or three days when no work was done. During the first storm, 5200 cars were towed; 5500 during the second.

"It's a lot and every time we tow a car, it takes time," said Anie Samson, executive commitee member responsible for snow clearing operations.

Mayor Denis Coderre said during the meeting they should prioritize setting up a virtual tool to get snow removal operations and information online in real time.

Samson said it'll help speed things up.

"When we're going to do their street in real time, we want to know everything right now at the time that we're speaking, we want to know where we are, what we have to do, what street we have to do and why we didn't do it," Samson said.

Samson said it may not happen this winter but her goal is to have the system in place before the end of the year.

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  1. Laura posted on 01/09/2014 07:06 AM
    Sounds like a great idea if they can make it work
  2. clint posted on 01/09/2014 09:35 AM
    And the budget for this is how much?
  3. George Grummett posted on 01/09/2014 09:48 AM
    Yeah, let's spend $20,000,000 on a website, s/w and a data structure, plus hire 50 people - each with an office, stylish ergonomic chairs, coffee machines, laptops, iphones, consultants, graphic artists, and roving inspectors with brand-new electric cars ....
    ... which only a couple of hundred people will actually ever use ...
    ... whose s/w will need to be updated every 6 months ...
    ... which half of all Montrealers who don't own cars don't need ...
    ...but will end up paying for ...
    ...and is absolutely of no use to people who don't actually have a computer...
    ...but will end up paying for it...

    I say keep using the same system with the orange cards, but put more effort into its use.

    I was worried when Denis Coderre spoke of his plans to "fully digitise" Montreal during the election campaign.
    1. Huguette posted on 01/09/2014 07:47 PM
      @George Grummett I agree Clint!!! There is no need for “customizing” anything and spending millions of our dollars!!! Plenty of municipalities in the province are using real-time fleet tracking and management systems that are already on the market, have proven to be efficient, and are distributed by Quebec companies. No need to go to the States for this!!! I agree with George that the “orange signs” are a must. I have a computer but wouldn’t want to go check if and when the city if doing snow removal on my street. I want to see those signs. But I believe the city needs a good real-time tracking and fleet management system… made in Quebec… because the last 2 snow storms were an incredible mess for everyone!!!
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