In this Carsey Perspectives brief, author Andrew Jaccoma--who took first prize in the Community Track of the 2014 Social Venture Innovation Competition for his Sensible Spreader Technologies entry--explains the science behind the Coverage Indication Technology (CIT) created to increase road safety, increase efficiency, reduce wasteful dissemination of deicers, and lessen society’s impact on the environment. CIT uses cloud computing to share plowing, salt spreading, and location information throughout the entire fleet in real time. This empowers operators to make better decisions in the field and encourages the fleet to work together effectively. In addition, newer operators who may be less familiar with local routes can be aided by the mapping information that CIT provides. CIT has also proven useful in situations where one worker needs to cover another’s route.

The Social Venture Innovation Challenge invites individuals and teams from across the state of New Hampshire to identify pressing social and/or environmental issues at the state, national, or global level, and then find an innovative business-oriented approach to solving them. The Challenge is organized by the Center for Social Innovation (CSIE) at the University of New Hampshire and is a joint venture between CSIE, the Paul College of Business & Economics, Carsey School of Public Policy, UNH Sustainability Institute, NH EPSCoR, UNH Innovation, and Net Impact UNH.

Publication Date

Winter 3-15-2016


Durham, N.H. : Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire

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