Taking Steps to Become a Smart City: Using Geospatial Technology to Improve Snow Removal in Syracuse, New York

Authors: Scotti Koskinen*, Syracuse University, William Ford, Syracuse University, Garrett Boland, Syracuse University
Topics: Urban Geography
Keywords: snow removal, GPS, smart city, efficiency
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Since Syracuse, New York is one of the snowiest cities in the United States, averaging more than 120 inches of snowfall annually, the newly elected city government has made snow removal a priority. Up until the most recent season, the Department of Public Works had been using a hand drawn map of the city and plowing districts that were over twenty years old. In an effort to make the city government more efficient and update its practices, Syracuse Community Geography (SCG) was enlisted to create a digital map of the plowing districts and emergency/rush hour routes. Digitizing the city’s plowing resources could prove to be a step towards Syracuse becoming a smart city, in which the city would use information and communication technologies to increase operational efficiency. SCG now plans to use this map, as well as newly installed GPS technology on the city’s plow trucks, as a means of redrawing the plowing districts to make snow removal a more equitable process. This poster shows how the digital map can be used to redraw some of the districts and plow routes to optimize the snow removal process.

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