How does StormTrak™ compare with an AVL (Automated Vehicle Location) systems?
- Retention of data: StormTrak™ monitors and retains usage and costs — information that is retained long after the active weather event for analysis or FEMA worksheet preparation. AVL systems track vehicle movement on the roadways – and once the event has concluded, AVL provides no additional value as it relates to data.
- Type of information: StormTrak™ captures the activities of labor resources, vehicle usage, roadway treatments, accidents, citizen requests for services, National Weather forecasts, Asset inventory balances and all of the costs and metrics that reveal the emergency response. Information is retained and available for easy access for up to 20 years. AVL is a graphical tool that shows the movement of a vehicle during emergency operations.
- Data Accuracy: AVL systems tracks vehicles that report in the system that log movement. For example, a truck could report and log a slight amount of movement because it is being moved from one spot in a yard to another. Thus, AVL systems may overstate the trucks deployed during a emergency mobilization. In addition, any truck that reports and logs movement but is later replaced due to a breakdown would be included in an active AVL vehicle count — which would be also be overstated. With StormTrak™, the vehicle would properly be counted/reflected in the active vehicle mobilization count.
Reference: What is AVL?
An automatic vehicle locator (AVL) is a device that makes use of the Global Positioning System ( GPS ) to enable a business or agency to remotely track the location of its vehicle fleet by using the Internet. These devices combine GPS technology, cellular communications, street-level mapping, and an intuitive user interface, with the ostensible goal of improving fleet management and customer service. For example, a company using an AVL system is able to pinpoint the longitude, latitude, ground speed, and course direction of a given vehicle. The vehicle’s location can be quickly found and it could be rerouted to provide timely delivery to a nearby customer. AVL systems also enable companies to structure delivery routes more efficiently by compiling a database of vehicle information, including location of customers in relation to established delivery routes.