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City expands GPS to remaining fleet for environmental and cost benefits

For immediate release: December 2, 2019 - 9:00am

About 800 vehicles and pieces of equipment will use telematics to help the City monitor, manage and make informed decisions for its corporate fleet. Telematics uses data from GPS and vehicle diagnostics to identify trends in fuel usage, idling and operating behaviours.  

“Historically GPS was used for vehicle locating; however, we intend to focus on data analysis to identify ways to save money, reduce emissions and, most importantly, improve safety,” says Goran Saric, Director of Roadways, Fleet & Support. Based on results in other municipalities with GPS telematics, the City could save up to 20% in fuel costs by addressing speeding and wasteful idling, detecting rapid acceleration, optimizing routes and reducing trips.  

This initiative can also help achieve the emissions reduction target of 80% by 2050 in the City’s Low Emissions Community Plan, through an estimated reduction of 1,600 tonnes of CO2e overall.  

“With real-time fleet data, we’ll be able to keep citizens informed of our activities like snow plowing, waste collection and repairs, and make our operations much more accountable in all that we do on a daily basis,” says Saric. 

A test group of vehicles was equipped with the devices this fall to configure the system, iron out any bugs and create a training module. The remaining installations are scheduled for the beginning of 2020. 

Saskatoon Police Service, Saskatoon Fire Department and Saskatoon Transit already rely on GPS for routing and safety for their fleets.  

The City awarded contracts to Vecima Networks Inc. for its Nero Global Tracking telematics solution, and SaskTel for the connectivity solution.