Buckinghamshire has developed what it claims is the first website in the UK to provide live highways maintenance information to the public.
The Online Service Information Centre has been developed by Transport for Buckinghamshire - a partnership between Buckinghamshire County Council and highway infrastructure services provider Ringway Jacobs.
The website, which is powered by vehicle tracking software from Masternaut, provides real-time reporting of highway defects. It also monitors the progress of planned and emergency roadworks and tracks road maintenance, gritters and grass-cutting teams.
The Masternaut-powered website will also provide an information feed to Transport for Buckinghamshire's Twitter service, allowing residents and road users to receive timely information about highway network disruptions. This will also update the public about the latest news from the service.
Live information is captured and transmitted using the Masternaut satellite vehicle tracking system, which monitors the Transport for Buckinghamshire highways maintenance fleet. Vehicle movements are displayed on the website in real time, giving the public information on highway maintenance and treatment work.
Transport for Buckinghamshire said the system also provides a fast response to urgent calls or web reports from the public. It allows office-based staff to assign maintenance teams, Jobs can be sent direct to team leaders' PDAs using Masternaut X Service mobile software.
Masternaut provides mobile resource management and vehicle and asset tracking. Companies using its software include firms like AG Barr, which manufactures Irn-Bru and Tizer.