If you want to know where snowplows are in Kingston, now you can track the progress of some of the City’s snowplows at CityofKingston.ca/Snow.
The online Snow Tracker is part of a larger nine-month Smart City pilot the City has developed in partnership with Bell. Its online map displays a number of individual plows as they clear main arterial roads –
“The Smart City pilot is all about leveraging technology to improve residents’ quality of life,” said Mayor Bryan Paterson. “This pilot will give residents the opportunity to see our snow clearing efforts in a new and exciting way.”
The map will show some plows on main roads such as Princess Street, Division Street and Gardiners Road during the pilot phase as follows:
Different colours on the map indicate when a road was last plowed. When a plow is in motion clearing main roads, it will send frequent data that will be displayed on the map. Plows clearing residential areas are not shown on the pilot Snowplow Tracker map, but remain actively working during winter weather events.
“Services like the Snowplow Tracker map delivered over Bell’s Smart City Platform illustrate how Internet of Things technology can improve City services for residents,” according to Gary Semplonius, Bell Senior Vice President. “We look forward to future opportunities with Kingston to implement a broad range of solutions that leverage Bell’s advanced fibre and wireless networks to enhance City operations.”
Running until September 2020, the Smart City pilot will introduce smart technologies throughout Kingston. The City entered into a partnership with Bell for the Smart City pilot in February 2018.