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Catch stop-arm runners in their tracks

Many operations are turning to exterior cameras to help capture — and deter — illegal passing of school buses. Here are details on six systems that can collect crucial evidence.


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A rendering of 247Security’s newest exterior camera, which will capture high-quality images and video of stop-arm runners.
<p>A rendering of 247Security’s newest exterior camera, which will capture high-quality images and video of stop-arm runners. <br /><br /></p>
Camera captures motion-activated events

247Security’s newest exterior camera is designed to capture high-quality images and video of activity outside the bus, including stop-arm runners.
Unique features include motion-activated events captured at high frame rates. Company officials say that the camera is ideal for stop-arm running programs like one currently in place in Arkansas, where driver education is the focus.

247Security’s exterior camera solutions are designed to work in conjunction with the company’s traditional school bus camera systems and its renowned TOUCHDOWN wireless management system.

Integrated with the company’s GPS-based solutions, one 247 system can serve all video needs inside and outside the bus.

Officials say that the new exterior camera is also a good alternative for third-party revenue generation solutions.
247Security Inc.


Fortress Mobile’s cameras capture not only the stop-arm violation, but also the vehicle plates, identifying characteristics and drivers.
<p>Fortress Mobile’s cameras capture not only the stop-arm violation, but also the vehicle plates, identifying characteristics and drivers.<br /><br /></p>

System shoots clear evidence of violations

Fortress Mobile offers a high-resolution digital video surveillance system that can provide clear evidence of motorists illegally passing stopped school buses.

The stop-arm solution allows users to simultaneously view up to four internal and up to three external cameras with a selected audio channel, GPS map with vehicle location and sensor data. Users can locate, retrieve, view, save and share any captured video data.

Company officials say that with its precisely mounted digital cameras and high-quality equipment, the Fortress Mobile stop-arm solution captures not only the bus-passing violation, but also the vehicle’s license plate, identifying characteristics and driver.

The system offers internal as well as external cameras, so users can view students inside the bus and stop-arm violations outside of the bus from the same playback software.

The cameras capture footage in 1280x720 resolution.
Fortress Mobile


Violation data sent to law enforcement

Redflex Traffic Systems has introduced a product to the school bus market, REDFLEX Student Guardian, that captures images and video of motorists who pass stopped buses as children are boarding or disembarking.

Student Guardian’s camera system is installed on the front and rear driver’s side of a school bus. It monitors traffic while the bus’ stop arm is displayed, leaving the bus driver free to focus on students.

Data supporting possible violations, including high-definition video and high-resolution images of license plates and drivers, are submitted to local law enforcement to determine whether a citation is warranted.

Company officials say that there is no upfront capital investment for Student Guardian — the program is fully funded by violations.
Redflex Traffic Systems


The Driver Alert sign provides dual safety messages to alert traffic when the bus is stopping or stopped.
<p>The Driver Alert sign provides dual safety messages to alert traffic when the bus is stopping or stopped.<br /><br /></p>

Another deterrent for stop-arm running

SMI’s Driver Alert device works in conjunction with the warning-light system on a school bus, providing dual safety messages to alert traffic when the bus is stopping or stopped.

Company officials say that the illuminating sign — which is positioned on the rear of the bus — can reduce stop-arm running and prevent rear-end accidents at bus stops as well as at railroad crossings.

When the bus activates its amber lights, the Driver Alert alternately flashes the words “Caution” and “Stopping.” When the bus’ red lights and stop arm are activated, “Stop” and “Do Not Pass” alternately flash.

“Caution” and “Stopping” also flash together when the hazard lights are activated at railroad crossings, and “Caution” flashes when the Driver Alert is incorporated into the bus’ back-up warning system.

The unit features a high-visibility LED display. It is easy to install, low maintenance, and impact and scratch resistant.
SMI

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