Dane County in the US state of Wisconsin has installed a new satellite system on its highways to fight snow drifts that might occur during a major winter storm expected to hit the south central region of the state.

The Global Information Systems technology will allow highway supervisors to receive real-time locations of snow plough trucks, enabling the vehicles to re-open roads and support emergencies.

The system has been installed on all 150 highway department vehicles including the county’s 58 ploughs.

The technology will allow the display of the closest five trucks to any given location in the county’s coverage area.

According to officials, over 300 snow removal and salting and sanding vehicles will be out on area roads between the city of Madison and Dane County.