Just as winter got started for this year, the City of Windsor, Ontario has launched an online service that allows residents of the city to see where snow plows and salt trucks are at any given time.
The service will show residents where these service vehicles are and have been over the previous two hours. Even better, those residents who wish to complain to the city that their streets are never plowed will now have a tool to help them prove it because every Monday, residents will be able to download the activity of the entire fleet over the previous week.
The availability of this information is part of the City of Windsor’s Open Data efforts. At any given time, the data on the site will be delayed about 30 minutes, according to the city’s operations department, but everyone hopes the information will be useful for planning routes and for monitoring the city’s snow removal efforts.