How hackers could help Syracuse plow city roads more efficiently: Your Stories

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - It's one of the most popular calls NewsChannel 9 receives on the "Your Stories" line: why does it take so long for the road in front of my house to be plowed after a major storm?

Soon, you might notice that problem less as the city of Syracuse announced a new "hackathon" program that will make data available from its fleet of 37 snowplows. 

The hackers "will use the data to create new applications and predictive analyses which could be used to help the city address snow removal issues and plan better for snow-related weather events," according a release from Mayor Ben Walsh's office. 

AT&T and Syracuse University's iSchool are partners in the event. 

The plows, responsible for clearing more than 400 miles of city roads, have had GPS tracking devices since 2015. 

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