Wednesday, December 05, 2012
AVL: Making Do With Less in Bethlehem
I'm sure there are several answers, but one of them is a system called Automatic Vehicle Location, or AVL.
Here's how that works. The City installed tracking devices in each of its vehicles, and has installed software enabling it to track all of them on a dynamic real time map, as well as reviewing operations over the past thirty days.
Once that was installed, road crews immediately become more efficient.
Pre AVL, a street sweeper did 20 miles per day. Now it's 28. Pre AVL, a city truck could mount 17 Christmas trees per day. Now, it's 30. Pre AVL, a leaf collector did 18 miles per day. Now it's 22.
This is a product of Callahan's Continuous Improvement (CI) innovation, in which City employees brainstorm and come up with ideas that improve efficiency.