CalAmp has signed a ten-year contract to provide its software as a service (SaaS) technology to the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) in the US.

Under the contract, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDoT) will use CalAmp’s iOn fleet SaaS technology to manage a fleet around 12,000 vehicles throughout the state.

CalAmp said its iOn fleet management service helps governments manage their resources and increase fleet accountability, efficiency, and asset reliability.

CalAmp GPS-based telematics solution is intended to allow VDoT to improve citizen services and road safety.

VDoT chief deputy commissioner Rob Cary said: “VDoT is one of the nation’s leading transportation agencies and values innovation, efficiencies and above all, safety in our service to the 8.5 million citizens of Virginia.

“Leveraging a connected fleet that we can track in real-time will support our mission to address the transportation and safety needs of our citizens during winter weather events.”

CalAmp SVP of global sales Carl Burrow said: “With our SaaS solutions, citizens will have peace of mind knowing that Virginia snow-removal efforts will be supported by technology and analytics to help keep their roads open and safe during the winter months. Our technology will help VDoT provide superior quality of service when the next snowstorm hits.”

VDoT constructs, maintains and operates the state’s roads, bridges and tunnels via the its transportation board. It offers funding for airports, seaports, rail and public transport.

Virginia is claimed to have the third-largest state-maintained highway system in the country, behind Texas and North Carolina.