A new piece of technology could help a few City of Regina services become more efficient in the future.
Telematics technology would allow the city to monitor its vehicles, the routes taken and what time services are being used.
The technology would be installed in the vehicles and would relay the information back to a central computer.
Larry Eirich, program manager with the city, said this type of technology is already being used in Regina, but they want to consolidate the operations and expand it.
“We want to walk before we could run,” Eirich said. “We want to make sure that the technology is working and then when you turn it over to emergency services, like the fire department, then we will be better prepared to help implement it.”
He said the first few vehicles to get the telematics technology will be garbage trucks and roadway vehicles, such as street sweepers.
For solid waste vehicles, Eirich said the technology would allow them to determine if the route being used is the most efficient. The city could also record where a truck is at the time of garbage pickup.
Around $700,000 will be requested as a part of the 2018 City of Regina budget so the technology can be installed.