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Transfinder: Software will save Schenectady money

Transfinder: Software will save Schenectady money

Transfinder’s software will be installed in city vehicles within 45 days and Schenectady will see sa
Transfinder: Software will save Schenectady money
Transfinder CEO Tony Civitella, left, demonstrates the company's software that will be installed in city vehicles with Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy at Transfinder's offices on State Street on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015.

Transfinder’s software will be installed in city vehicles within 45 days and Schenectady will see savings within one year, according to the company’s CEO.

The local software company will put its GPS software in about 72 city vehicles, including garbage trucks and snow plows, to map more efficient routes and cut down on costs, Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy said.

The company, headquartered downtown on State Street, is analyzing the city’s current routes for garbage and snow removal and working to determine more efficient alternatives.

“We can make sure the citizens are notified quicker, especially if there is a change, whether it’s a snow route or trash collection,” Civitella said. “It could affect other routes. So those are things we should be able to respond to quicker.”

The software would also provide alerts on maintenance issues before they become serious, Civitella said during a presentation of the software at Transfinder’s offices Wednesday afternoon.

The service is expected to cut down on fuel costs, vehicle repairs and number of accidents, he said.

The Schenectady City Council agreed to enter into a contract with Transfinder for the service earlier this month. A projection on total annual savings has not been provided.

“Transfinder software will pay for itself within the first year of operation,” Civitella said.

The city will pay Transfinder a one-time fee of $36,695 for the software this year, plus $8,730 annually for support and maintenance.

Transfinder’s partner Zonar, a Washington-based electronic fleet management company, will provide the devices and they will be installed in the Office of General Services’ vehicles by October, according to McCarthy.

In addition to the costs for Transfinder’s software, the city will be required to pay Zonar $5,055 for implementation of the devices this year, and $32,816 next year for the full year.

The city’s Office of General Services now uses paper maps to layout vehicle routes. Transfinder’s software will enable the city to go digital and show vehicles on city streets in real-time.

The deal between Transfinder and Schenectady marks Transfinder’s first contract with a municipality.

“This will allow the overlay of data and information so we are making the appropriate decisions with all of the information,” McCarthy said. “We want to get the best outcome for residents of this city.”

Transfinder provides software for more than 1,700 school districts that maps bus routes and also monitors bus driver behavior.

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