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Lorain to Track Worker Vehicles with GPS

Friday, April 18, 2008 at 3:32 PM

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If you're a city worker in Lorain, get ready to be tracked...maybe. The mayor wants to attach global positioning systems to all city vehicles. ideastream's Dan Bobkoff has more.

These are not the GPS systems you might have in your car for getting from point A to point B. Instead, these would track all their vehicles at all times. Mayor Tony Krasienko says the city vehicles will also be internet linked so workers can get more done in the field, and the GPS technology will also ensure workers are where they’re supposed to be. But he says this is not Lorain becoming Big Brother.

KRASIENKO: It’s a way for us to also be able to protect our employees. If someone says, I was behind this vehicle going down this street at this time, and we’d be able to go back to the GPS and say well, no, they were going the speed limit and they weren’t even on the road at that time.

Lorain owns more than 200 vehicles. Krasienko says they’re still investigating how much deploying the GPS systems will cost and how much they might save money by boosting efficiency. He plans to present a proposal for Lorain city council action within 3 months. 

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