Uncovering the many benefits of cameras in the K12 industry.
The installation and use of video camera monitoring systems on buses is an emerging trend that enhances both the rider’s experience and their safety in a number of ways.
Let’s start with the overall bus experience. No parent wants to hear that their child has been bullied or harassed while riding the bus. Luckily, the mere presence of interior cameras on the bus is often enough on its own to deter this type of behavior.
Without the cameras, it’s a single bus driver trying to keep track of a bus full of children. It’s difficult enough to simply drive the correct route safely, not to mention also trying to keep an eye on what’s going on onboard behind the driver. This all-too-typical scenario, where the driver needs to keep his or her eyes on the road and not the kids, lends itself to bullying, vandalism, and other misbehavior. And in this scenario, if there was an incident, it would likely go unseen by the driver and no one would be held accountable.
Luckily, when cameras are in play, this is not the case. The entire bus ride is captured on video, meaning that schools are able to easily monitor on-board student activity to help promote and maintain a safe environment. Capturing everything on video means a better trip for students and drivers alike.
In addition to interior cameras, exterior school bus cameras provide many benefits as well. Without exterior cameras, bus drivers must rely solely on what they can see with their own two eyes. Despite the network of mirrors a driver has at their disposal, many obstacles can still easily be missed in this situation. This is where cameras come in. Back-up cameras allow drivers to be 100% sure there is nothing – and no one – in a blind spot behind them before reversing. They can be confident in their ability to navigate their bus without the worry of an accident. Other exterior cameras on a bus’ sides and other locations allow drivers to have a comprehensive view of their exterior surroundings.
As an added benefit, in the event of an accident, schools with video surveillance on their buses have the ability to accurately document the chain of events leading to the incident. Ultimately, video provides indisputable evidence and allows schools to quickly dismiss false claims against their drivers.
To keep up with this emerging trend, Synovia has partnered with Safety Vision, one of the top vendors in video surveillance. This partnership allows our clients to stay on top of this demand with video surveillance systems specifically engineered for tough and lasting performance in any school bus environment.
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