With a glance at a computer screen, Bob Moag sees more than two dozen dots colored red, yellow and green that represent maintenance vehicles scattered around Clark County.
“Here’s my crew, right here,” said Moag, a facility maintenance specialist who dispatches workers to county-owned or -leased properties, including the Clark County Courthouse, Clark County Jail, Clark County Center for Community Health, Clark County Fairgrounds, Camas-Washougal Municipal Court, the 78th Street Heritage Farm and Clark County Sheriff’s Office precincts.
Red dots mean a vehicle that has been stopped for more than an hour, yellow dots mean a vehicle has been stopped for less than an hour and green dots mean a vehicle is in motion. If Moag wants, he can see how fast the vehicle is going. If the vehicle has been stopped for longer than a traffic light, he can tell whether the driver is in violation of the county’s no-idling policy.
If an emergency repair call comes in, Moag can tell in an instant which employee would be the most efficient choice to respond.
Tracking county vehicles using satellite technology isn’t new, but until recently it has been confined to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. The CCSO has approximately 125 vehicles, which, for at least five years, have been equipped with global positioning system technology through Clark Regional Emergency Service Agency’s computer-aided dispatch system, said Sgt. Fred Neiman.