Allen will soon be able to track city vehicles in real time, a move that will improve efficiency and prevent theft.
The city will install 130 GPS devices on vehicles used by street maintenance workers, forestry crews, health inspectors and other city staff. The system allows supervisors to track crew locations throughout the day. It also prevents misuse and can help police immediately locate a vehicle, if stolen.
City vehicles have been equipped with GPS tracking devices since 2006. However, the old system offered no real-time data and the software is no longer supported by the manufacturer.
Allen City Council approved the $80,000 purchase and service contract during the Feb. 28 meeting.