Parsons and Iteris to Provide Cost-Saving Systems and Services for Nebraska's Snow Plows
PASADENA, CA Parsons has been awarded a five-year contract to provide a Maintenance Decision Support System (MDSS) and automatic vehicle location system and services on 650 snowplows throughout Nebraska. Parsons will use MDSS informatics technology developed by Iteris.
The system utilizes data from remote weather information stations, as well as temperature data from a Parsons-equipped snowplow, to develop precision treatment recommendations for a specific segment of road. These recommendations are sent to the in-vehicle Parsons touch-screen unit along with actual weather maps. This process allows for roadway salt and other chemicals to be applied at an optimum time and at a prescribed volume before an incoming weather event, reducing the need for retreatments and lowering material, fuel, and maintenance costs while diminishing the need for overtime labor.
"One of the most expensive and labor-intensive operations performed by many states and provinces during the winter months is snow removal and roadway treatment," said Michael Johnson, Parsons Group President. "We're proud to bring our intelligent transportation systems expertise to the state of Nebraska and to increase the safety of its winter roadways through our technology solutions for increased efficiency and effectiveness of its snow plow operations."
Kyle Schneweis, Nebraska Department of Roads Director, said, "We are excited about this opportunity to not only improve our response to winter events, but to do so while creating system efficiencies, resulting in a better value for our customers. We are committed to providing good customer service to the citizens of Nebraska and those who travel our roadways, and these new tools will help improve our customer impact."
Ben Hershey, Iteris' Associate Vice President of Weather Services Operations, said, "Iteris is excited to partner with Parsons to provide ClearPath Weather and MDSS technologies to the Nebraska Department of Roads. Iteris will be arming maintenance decision-makers across the state of Nebraska with actionable weather and pavement forecast information to keep the traveling public safeand commerce movingduring adverse winter weather driving conditions. This effort will continue the relationship Iteris has had with NDOR since 2006 when it joined the MDSS Pooled Fund Study."