Snow Resource Center
Snow Plow Tracker

Need help navigating the Pittsburgh Snow Plow Tracker Application? The PDF provided below shows a walk-through of the applications various options.

Pittsburgh Snow Plow Tracker Website

  • This represents the first version of the Pittsburgh snow plow tracker site.
    • Over time, the City will continue to add features, such as sensors that indicate when the plow and spreader on a truck are actively engaged.
  • The plow tracker site shows the current location of Public Works vehicles that have moved within the last four hours along with a travel history of the vehicles. 
    • Current location is shown with a vehicle icon on the screen while travel history is shown by highlighting roads on the map.
  • Currently, approximately 120 Public Works vehicles used for snow and ice control are enabled with GPS devices.
    •  The location of these vehicles and their travel history is tracked and displayed in the snow plow tracker site.  
  • The Pittsburgh plow tracker will be activated only during snow events.  
    • At all other times, users will see a placeholder message asking them to check back during the next snow event.
  • While the site shows vehicle travel history, this does not always equate to active treatment of a street.  
    • The City hopes to pilot more advanced GPS sensors that will allow us to pinpoint only vehicle movements related to active treatment.  
    • In the meantime the map displays all vehicle movements whether related to active treatment efforts or not.  
  • Users may see clusters of vehicles on the plow tracker site.
    • These clusters appear during shift changes or when vehicles are queued at a salt dome waiting to be refilled.

Snow Plow Tracker Open Data

  1. Call the web API to return the list of snow events:
    • Data Link
    • It will return the data in JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) form.
    • We limit what snow events are returned. Right now we limit to snow events starting on January 18th .
  2. Find a snow event you would like to view by its start and end date/time.
  3. Copy/paste the FusionTableUrl field provided for that snow event into a web browser. This will open the Fusion Table that contains the route data for that snow event.
  4. The KML data in the table contains the GPS coordinates that define a polyline.  Users will need to reverse geocode those coordinates to map this data to individual streets for analysis purposes. 

You can do the following with the data:

  • View the data directly in the Fusion Table / web browser. You will not be able to edit the data.
  • Download the data in CSV format.
  • Copy the Fusion Table into your own Google Drive account (if you are signed in to your Google account).
    • This will allow you to play with / edit the data.

 

Pittsburgh Snow Plow Tracker Website

This represents the first version of the Pittsburgh snow plow tracker site. Over time, the City will continue to add features, such as sensors that indicate when the plow and spreader on a truck are actively engaged, and new functionality based on user feedback.

The plow tracker site shows the current location of Public Works vehicles that have moved within the last four hours along with the travel history for all vehicles dedicated to snow and ice control throughout the time frame of the snow event. Current location is shown with a vehicle icon on the screen while travel history is shown by highlighting roads on the map.

Currently, approximately 120 Public Works vehicles used for snow and ice control are enabled with GPS devices. The location of these vehicles and their travel history is tracked and displayed in the snow plow tracker site.

The Pittsburgh plow tracker will be activated only during snow events. At all other times, users will see a placeholder message asking them to check back during the next snow event.

While the site shows vehicle travel history, this does not always equate to active treatment of a street. The City hopes to pilot more advanced GPS sensors that will allow us to pinpoint only vehicle movements related to active treatment efforts. However, in the meantime the map displays all vehicle movements whether related to active treatment efforts or not.

Users may see clusters of vehicles on the plow tracker site. These clusters may appear when vehicles are located at a DPW site during shift changes or when vehicles are queued at a salt dome waiting to be refilled.

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