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Three Reasons to Install GPS Tracking on Your School Bus

Posted by Bill Westerman on Tue, Jul 09, 2013 @ 12:00 PM

shutterstock 59631256When it comes to safety on roads, no amount of care is adequate, especially when it comes to children. Installing a GPS system onboard a fleet of school buses can exponentially increase safety. Here’s why:

Avoid Rash Driving

According to a recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in the past decade (i.e. from 2001 to 2010), there were 1,236 cases of fatal school bus accidents. Of the 1,368 people who died, 72% were not occupants of the school bus. Negligent and rash driving often result in the deaths of innocent people on the road.

When GPS systems are used, school authorities or even civil administrations can have a check on the driving habits of school bus operators. They can determine the speed, accurate driving path, time (etc.) and interact with drivers in real-time if they detect unusual driving patterns.

Convey Real-Time Information to Authorities and Parents

With a GPS-based monitoring system, live updates of the location of the school bus as well as the route it covers can be passed on to parents as well as school authorities. Time and location information to parents can help them get their kids ready in time and saves time for operators.

Determine quicker and more efficient routes

With the help of GPS tracking on a live basis, school bus trip planners can determine the shortest driving path with least traffic congestion. Buses can save on fuel and cut down on fuel consumption. With over 90% of school buses operating on diesel, shorter trips can cut down on emissions, causing less strain on the environment.

Evidence for events and investigation

A fourth reason would be to ensure that there is video and tracking reports as evidence in case of an accident or investigation. Based on GPS-based tracking information along with video surveillance information, the exact location of the school bus at a particular time or at the time of an accident can be traced and analyzed.

As you can see, having a GPS onboard a school bus can turn out to be a life-saving option. At Synovia, we are committed to providing you with state of the art GPS solutions for your school buses that will ensure safety and timely information. For a detailed consultation, please feel free to contact us via email at [email protected] or through our toll free number 1.877.SYNOVIA (1.877.796.6842). 

Sources:

http://www.schoolbusfleet.com/Channel/School-Bus-Safety/News/2012/09/18/NHTSA-updates-school-transportation-crash-stats.aspx

http://children.webmd.com/news/20050419/study-shows-school-bus-pollution-shocking

http://northiowaareanews.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/study-school-buses-are-one-of-the-safest-forms-of-transportation-available/

http://www.theedrepublic.com/2012/07/16/school-buses-are-a-breeding-ground-for-bullying-studies-show/

http://www.actsoft.com/why-it-is-necessary-to-equip-school-buses-with-gps-tracking/

How to Increase School Bus Safety

Tags: safety, route efficiency, GPS

How to optimize school transportation [WEBINAR]

Posted by Bill Westerman on Tue, Jun 11, 2013 @ 10:45 AM

As a transportation director, superintendent, or anyone else responsible for operating a smoothly-running school transportation environment, your top priorities are safety, efficiency, and cost savings.

We recently conducted a free webinar in which we cover the following topics:

  • Going from a reactive to a proactive environment
  • How GPS can improve route performance and efficiency
  • Key performance indicators
  • How to reduce fuel costs
  • Real world case studies

View the webinar below to see how these issues can be addressed in your school system.

No time for the full webinar or want a supplemental guide to take with you? Download our ebook on school bus safety below.

 

How to Increase School Bus Safety

Tags: transportation directors, safety, route efficiency, GPS, fuel efficiency

Route Efficiency: 5 reasons your route management is outdated

Posted by Bill Westerman on Tue, Apr 16, 2013 @ 10:01 AM

shutterstock 110169998When it comes to managing fleets, it’s all about route efficiency. If you struggle with any of the below issues, your workforce is not as efficient as it could be, which is costing you money.

You don’t have real-time information
Without accurate and real-time data, it’s extremely difficult to identify where improvements can be made, leaving your fleet operations without the tools they need to get the most from available resources. The more you know, the more you can save.

You don’t have efficient mapping
It may not sound like rocket science, but the simple business of driving from point A to B could waste you time and money if you haven’t mapped out the most optimized route. If you run a shorter route, you’ll save on gas - and you might even be able to lessen the number of vehicles on the road, which would also save on wages.

You don’t have GPS hardware
If you are relying on handset-based technology, you may have significant problems with accuracy and battery life. Furthermore, drivers are able to disable the system. GPS technology transmits information in real time and with greater accuracy. Not only is it more techno-up-to-date, it’s safer since you have real-time location status of every vehicle.

You don’t have access to stops
Mom likes to know where Little Jimmy is at all times. With GPS technology (like Silverlining, for example), Mom can know that Jimmy got on bus #74 at 2:48 p.m. And she can have access to all of the bus stops if it happens to be running late for whatever reason. Parents love to be informed, which helps them rest a little easier.

You don’t have automatic timesheets
With several automated data collection options, you can instantly review timesheet exceptions, compare planned versus actual schedules, pay fair and accurate wages, and save some serious money in the process. If you’re still filling out paper timesheets, it’s time to upgrade.

If your route isn’t as efficient as it could be, we’re here to help. At Synovia Solutions, we give you the tools that you need to make positive changes, based on accurate, up-to-date information. We know that safety and savings are important to you, so they’re important to us too. In the end, that’s why we offer you superior service - and help with route efficiency.

How to Increase School Bus Safety

Tags: route efficiency, GPS