As Winter Starts, NYC Gives Snowplows a Digital Kick

The start of winter this year comes with the debut of new snowplowing technology in the country’s biggest city — a reminder of how software, satellites, GIS and other tools are helping to improve one of government’s most vital tasks.

New York City recently unveiled its BladeRunner 2.0 “state-of-the-art system” for snow cleanup.

It replaces technology deployed in 2015 and offers better ways to “track and support our fleet of approximately 5,000 vehicles across all five boroughs,” according to Mayor Eric Adams in a statement.

Specifically, the system provides what the statement described as “enhanced GPS tracking data” and Google map integration; real-time brine progress information; visual data layers focused on brine coverage locations, snow preposition points and protected bike lanes and cloud-based services allowing for more users at the same time plus faster response times.

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