County of Stettler Administration Building. (Landin Chambers/Black Press)

County of Stettler fleet to receive GPS upgrades

Council approved the $7,400 upgrades to Public Works vehicles during their March 14 meeting

Twenty of the County of Stettler’s fleet vehicles are set to receive GPS upgrades this year.

The $7,400 purchase was approved after a discussion of the fleet’s current capabilities during their March 14 meeting.

Council heard that the equipment will cost $6,100, while the remaining $1,300 is for training, troubleshooting and maintenance.

The upgraded GPS software will be installed in the County’s graders, gravel trucks, sanding plows and tractor mowers.

This will allow the County to see where their grading equipment is within seconds, as opposed to waiting a few minutes for coordinates to come in.

Equipment will run off of cell networks, and once installed will come with $1,200 in annual operating costs.

GPS was installed into the Public Works fleet in 2007, but a request by their insurance agency to provide more detailed incident reports led to the decision to upgrade the system.

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