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Pittsburgh 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.

Residents will find the following weather information in the tabs above:

  • 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