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November 24, 2009  |   Comments (0)   |   Post a comment

Los Angeles district awards GPS contract to Everyday Solutions


CONCORD, Mass. — Everyday Solutions Inc. has been awarded a three-year, $2.05 million contract to provide GPS-driven applications for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

The applications will be used on district-owned school buses and service vehicles.

Before awarding Everyday Solutions the contract, LAUSD’s Transportation Services division solicited proposals from GPS technology providers based on a number of criteria, including student safety, information accessibility, maintenance cost savings, strategic goal alignment and staff accountability.

The three finalists performed a 60-day pilot, during which each vendor equipped four buses and empowered committee members to monitor bus activities with Web-based software. After evaluating the GPS systems for ease-of-use and checking customer references for each vendor, LAUSD selected Everyday Solutions.

“A GPS application will enable us to provide accurate, cost-effective and timely responses to the evolving needs of students, parents and school staff,” LAUSD Transportation Director Enrique Boull’t said.

According to company officials, Everyday Solutions’ GPS applications contain a student tracking component and an expanded emergency response system to reduce dependence on two-way radio communications. The Web-based system also provides real-time vehicle location status.

Moreover, scheduling tools, along with accurate recording of time and miles traveled, help to reduce fuel consumption and vehicle maintenance costs, while reporting tools will allow district employees to better perform job duties.

Finally, access to improved information through Everyday Solutions’ GPS solution will ensure that LAUSD’s goals are effectively tied to performance objectives and measures. New performance measures and the ability to quickly update existing initiatives will enable the district to readily adjust practices.

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