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Syracuse receives award for snow removal mapping

Rick Penney uses a snow blower as the snow falls from the sky.
Calvin Milliner/WAER
Rick Penney uses a snow blower as the snow falls from the sky.

The City of Syracuse has received an international award for its use of mapping and analytics technology to efficiently manage snow removal. A company called Esri presented two of the city's departments with its special achievement award for their work on the city’s Winter Weather Operations Tool released this past winter.

Syracuse was selected from more than 100,000 eligible candidates and is the only municipal awardee from New York State. The digital tools use live data from sensors on plows and feed it into an online platform to produce an internal fleet management system for the Department of Public Works to track resources, plows, and illegally parked cars.

The data also generates a live map for residents to monitor snow removal and gauge real-time conditions.

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