The Work Truck Show’s 2014 Innovation Award went to Cirus Controls for its GPS DataSmart system for enhancing the performance of snow control trucks.

Developed specifically for winter maintenance use, GPS DataSmart analyzes information collected by sensors on snow-fighting vehicles. It tracks vehicle position, ground speed, plow position, air and road surface temperatures and all spreader operations, including materials dispensed. Using this information, GPS DataSmart generates route maps and compiles easy-to-read reports to help managers reduce material and labor costs, optimize road-clearing performance, improve operator safety and monitor sites that may need additional maintenance.

The Web-enabled maps and reports generated by GPS DataSmart can be accessed from any computer in multiple formats, ensuring the information is available whenever and wherever it is needed.

“We tailored GPS DataSmart to meet specific winter maintenance needs,” said Paul Mortell, president of Cirus Controls. “That is what makes it innovative. Instead of developing it for general use, we focused on features that are especially valuable for winter road-clearing activities. We’re honored to have our efforts recognized with the Work Truck Show Innovation Award.” (www.ciruscontrols.com)

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