Subscribe Today

April 19, 2012  |   Comments (1)   |   Post a comment

GPS: fleet tracking and more

Today’s systems for the pupil transportation market allow end users to monitor the location of their operation’s buses, and they can help in performing many other functions, such as route analysis and monitoring driver speed and idling.

by - Also by this author


SHARING TOOLS   | Email Print RSS Page 1 of 3 »
247Security’s Touchdown wireless management system incorporates GPS with video in one easy-to-use interface.

247Security’s Touchdown wireless management system incorporates GPS with video in one easy-to-use interface.

Today’s GPS solutions can do much more than help pupil transporters keep track of where their buses are. Users can monitor driver speed and idling, and they can compare planned and actual routes. Many systems can be integrated with other useful tools, such as onboard video surveillance and child-check systems.  

Here are features of the latest products from seven companies.

247Security Inc.
247Security’s MiniTrack solution can be used as a standalone GPS or it can be incorporated into the company’s wireless management solution, Touchdown, according to Vice President Robert Scott. 

When integrated with Touchdown, MiniTrack provides a variety of information, including all bus activity from previous days, such as the path of a bus, speed, location and time of stops, idling and parking events.

Scott notes that whether it is incorporated with Touchdown or used as a standalone solution, MiniTrack can help to reduce staff time dealing with routine fleet-related inquiries, and it can improve analysis of fleet performance, which can lead to cost reductions.

“MiniTrack has no user fees, which makes it a cost-effective option in the long run,” he adds.

Moreover, MiniTrack’s ability to integrate with Touchdown through its interface differentiates it from other systems, according to Scott, since users have access to comprehensive tools that allow for the manipulation of GPS, G Force and video data to create a multitude of reports and analysis. 

AngelTrax
AngelTrax’s GPS is integrated into a new video surveillance management tool, MOTOTrax.

“Vehicle tracking, AVL and a live view inside vehicles are among the functions available through MOTOTrax,” says Vice President of Sales Mark Moore. 

The system’s AVL features include monitoring total drive time, distance traveled, idle time and overspeed cost.

With Route Rewind, users can play back a vehicle’s entire trip from the operator’s perspective. The Geofencing option allows users to outline a specific area on a map and receive alerts if a vehicle breaches that area.

AngelTrax’s MOTOTrax video surveillance management tool has vehicle tracking and automatic vehicle location capabilities. It can also provide a live view inside vehicles.
<p>AngelTrax’s MOTOTrax video surveillance management tool has vehicle tracking and automatic vehicle location capabilities. It can also provide a live view inside vehicles.</p>

AngelTrax also offers Virtual Synchronized Mapping (VSM). This technology embeds the GPS map in the video data footage so that during playback with AngelTrax’s FlexPlay software, the recorded data is synchronized with the GPS mapping data. This creates a permanent location record that can’t be altered during web-based map updates.  

VSM also displays the street address of the vehicle, so users will see the stop’s address, not just the GPS coordinates. Vehicle speed and direction are displayed as well.

PAGE   123Next

Post a Comment

Read more about: GPS

Request More Info about this product/service/company

There's also NorthStar (http://northstar.ws), a startup that's focused on child safety from the point of view of a school bus. A combination of GPS, RFID, SMS, webcam and other sensors to detect unsafe driving, unscheduled stops, children left on the bus, automatic attendance, monitoring unruly children and much more.

Kunal Ashar    |    May 24, 2012 09:55 PM

Post a comment





Related Stories

Premium Member

Get bus sales numbers, transportation statistics, bus specifications, industry survey results, bus loading and unloading fatality statistics and more in the School Bus Fleet Research Center. Become a premium member today!
Log in Button Register Button

Newsletter

Get breaking news, industry updates, product announcements and more.