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Welsh Assembly uses satellite tracking for gritter fleet

Antony Savvas

The Welsh Assembly Government is to use a web-based satellite-tracking system to co-ordinate a fleet of gritting vehicles.

The South Wales Trunk Road Agency and Traffic Wales are implementing web-based satellite telematics from Masternaut Three X to track 20 gritters keeping the 178km South Wales section of the M4 motorway passable during snow and ice conditions.

The gritters are located at Assembly Government-owned depots between the Severn Bridge and Pont Abraham section of the M4 and are operated on behalf of South Wales Trunk Road Agency (SWTRA) by local authority service providers.

SWTRA issues the gritting instructions to the various depots and Masternaut enables the on-board controllers to verify these are followed in real time. Vehicle movements will be visible on the control room display and other browser-enabled devices.

The telematics system links to the gritter equipment to record rates and densities of salt dispersed to road surfaces.

Richard Jones, head of SWTRA, said, "Masternaut will provide archivable reports that will allow us to verify gritting operations have been undertaken along the South Wales section of the M4.

"The reports will also allow us to follow up and defend any invalid claims made against the Agency. The service will provide us with an extremely powerful and useful management tool."





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