Local Governments Respond to Natural Disasters with Fleet Vehicles
Further south, the city of Cocoa, Fla., was able to use fleet management solutions to improve its response to a hurricane.
After Hurricane Matthew swept through Florida some years ago, Cocoa prepared damage assessment vehicles to patrol the city. Using Samsara tools, the damage assessment vehicles surveyed losses and recorded it for officials. With this information, the city was able to identify and repair damage in part by recording its location through its fleet data collection capabilities.
Cities in California have faced a different kind of natural disaster in recent years as they deploy vehicles to combat wildfires. The city of San Jose coordinated its firefighting vehicles with a fleet management solution, equipping its emergency response vehicles with Verizon Connect.
With Verizon's telematics technology, San Jose can stay on top of maintenance, ensuring vehicles are ready to go on demand to fight wildfires. Officials also can track vehicle locations on a live map. And they can use telematics to track the movements of assets to determine whether they have the necessary equipment en route to respond to specific emergencies.
San Jose can track trouble codes registered by its fleet of vehicles and fix them promptly to keep them active. Using fleet management solutions to identify those needed repairs keeps the vehicles ready to roll when lives are on the line.
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First Responders Benefit from Dedicated Fleet Management Solutions
Natural disasters may produce emergency situations that require first responders to rescue citizens and render other assistance. In recent years, public safety agencies have enhanced the benefits of fleet management tools thanks to the nationwide rollout of FirstNet.
AT&T built Fleet Complete for FirstNet over its dedicated network for first responders with Cradlepoint routers. With these tools, officials can not only dispatch police cars and ambulances to the scene of a catastrophe, they can track first responder vehicles to ensure they are on track and in good operating order.
With Fleet Complete, public safety agencies can track vehicles and run diagnostics. They can receive notifications of damage to any vehicles and monitor their maintenance requirements and fuel levels. Stephenson County, Ill., is among the local governments that have equipped their first responders with Fleet Complete.
StateTech recently reported on how the Stephenson County Sheriff's Office makes full use of FirstNet in support of emergency response, and it’s clear that the dedicated spectrum is making a big difference for first responders when bad weather or bad actors strike.
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