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2011 NAPT technology showcase

Here’s a look at the latest in pupil transportation products that were on view at the NAPT trade show in Cincinnati. New offerings included bonded polyurethane bus seat foam, a stop-arm violation camera system and a low-profile condenser.


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I-Skin seat foam offers high durability
The I-Skin integrally bonded polyurethane school bus seat foam — now six years in the making by Heavy Duty Bus Parts Inc. — is in the final stages of development and will be brought to market exclusively through the C.E. White Co.

The I-Skin foam is designed to replace traditional vinyl-over-foam applications. Company officials said that a unique manufacturing process produces a seat foam with a soft and energy-absorbent cushion and a dense, highly durable outer skin.

According to Brandon Billingsley, CEO of HDBP, the I-Skin foam offers greater protection against vandalism and fire. He said that it maintains its integrally bonded skin and inner foam structure, which can be made in various shapes and contours as a result of  being molded as a single part in an aluminum tool.

The C.E. White Co.
Heavy Duty Bus Parts Inc.


New DVRs increase record time
Radio Engineering Industries (REI) has introduced a new product line, the HD Series DVR.The HD400 and HD800 DVRs integrate convenient SD card and USB ports, providing the ability to update the hardware operating system using the USB drive. The DVRs incorporate H.264 advanced video compression, allowing increased record time, ultimately storing more video, audio and vehicle data.

REI simultaneously released a new version of its BUSWATCH viewing software (pictured) that is more user-friendly and packed with features. Enhancements include integrated Google mapping, increased recording/storage space, multiple live views, AVL packages and variable quality settings.

Radio Engineering Industries


Solution displays bus location and arrival time
At Tyler Technologies’ booth, company officials discussed My Stop, a new solution that enables parents and students to see from a Smartphone or a similar mobile device where their bus is and what time it will arrive at their stop. My Stop graphically displays the vehicle’s location on a map, as well as the estimated time of arrival.

The vehicle’s location is updated every five seconds, and the arrival time is recalculated to accommodate delays. Users can toggle between the Bing aerial map and road map, or set the map display to “automatic” and allow My Stop to choose which map is best suited depending on the level of zoom.

Tyler Technologies Inc.


Seon launches updated fleet management system
Seon Design’s vMax Live Plus fleet management system enables users to manage their fleets with maps, live data and reports. With the mapping software, managers can track the precise location and movement of a single bus or the entire fleet. Live status is available, which provides real-time fleet or vehicle position updates and incident reports. Through the historical data, users can view the activity of each bus in detail, including routes, stops and stop-arm signal deployment.

vMax Live Plus also features live reporting on DVR health status, images of the inside of buses in real time, and information on driver behavior, such as their speed, stops, braking and idling activity. Finally, the system can provide performance analysis reports on vehicle condition, driver activity, regulatory information and funding.

Seon Design Inc.

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