Giletta SpA

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Giletta, a leading winter-services equipment manufacturer in Italy, partnered with the European Commission to create an intelligent road de-icing system. Salt spreading is essential for winter road safety, but the large quantities of salt required have a high environmental impact and social costs. Giletta's system, based on Windows Embedded, receives weather information from Galileo satellites to provide remarkable improvements in terms of accuracy of the salt-spreading machine's position, allowing for a significant reduction of salt amounts needed for de-icing operations.

Benefits at a glance

  • Easy-to-use touch screen monitoring system
  • Cuts salt consumption by 30 percent
  • Line-of-business application built on Windows Azure can either be hosted on-premises or in the cloud.
  • Increased sales to 1500 trucks annually

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Giletta, a leading winter-services-equipment manufacturer in Italy, partnered with the European Commission to create an intelligent road de-icing system that receives weather information from Galileo satellites to conserve natural resources and cut costs that can fluctuate between 60 and 100 euros per ton of salt.


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In partnership with the Microsoft Innovation Center of Torino, equipment manufacturer Giletta SpA built an intelligent de-icing solution, based on Windows Embedded CE, Windows Azure and Galileo satellites, that continually compares a truck's salt output against the actual need of the road.


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Giletta's solution cut salt consumption by 30 percent. The line-of-business application is built on Windows Azure and can either be hosted on-premises or in the cloud. The solution increased sales to 1,500 trucks annually.


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