MADISON – The Madison County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday morning to discuss adding a new technology called Salamander Track to help with tracking county resources.
Salamander is a system that helps with incident tracking. It is in place in some areas around Madison County. It involves tagging each employee and each piece of equipment to allow agencies to track where all their resources are.
The application does everything electronically, a feature commissioner Troy Uhlir feels would have helped during flooding — when heavy manpower and resources were a necessity, while logging them was a nightmare.
Uhlir says right now it is all done by hand, which is a lengthy process.
Along with easing the workload, Salamander would help when working with federal agencies, showing legitimacy behind requests from the county — but adding new technology is never easy, and usually comes with a hefty price tag. In this case, Uhlir says the cost is actually minimal compared to the time savings. There are upfront costs, but the service itself is $500 dollars a year.
Some nearby counties already use Salamander, along with the city of Madison Fire and Rescue. In Madison County the technology would likely be dispersed to the county Roads Departments, Sheriff’s Department, and Planning and Zoning. Before it can be used, it needs to be approved — and then properly implemented..
Once the county decides to go for it they will have to log all the equipment and people — assigning badges to everything. But Uhlir feels in the long run it will be worth the initial leg work.