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June 28, 2012  |   Comments (1)   |   Post a comment

Safety Vision, Blue Bird partner to sell stop-arm camera


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The Safety Vision high-definition stop-arm camera system is a turnkey, standalone system incorporating a megapixel image sensor and solid state recording.
<p>The Safety Vision high-definition stop-arm camera system is a turnkey, standalone system incorporating a megapixel image sensor and solid state recording.</p>
HOUSTON — Safety Vision has formed an exclusive agreement with Blue Bird to resell a stand-alone, high-definition stop-arm camera system into the aftermarket through Blue Bird’s North American dealer network.

“With this exciting agreement, Blue Bird dealers and customers will have access to the industry’s most advanced solution for addressing the epidemic of stop-arm violations on school buses,” said Don Nichols, vice president of parts for Blue Bird Corp. “In addition to the high-definition stop-arm camera system exclusivity, this agreement also allows our dealer network and customers premier access to Safety Vision’s proven product line of recorders, cameras and fleet tracking systems.”

The Safety Vision high-definition stop-arm camera system is a turnkey system incorporating a megapixel image sensor and solid state recording inside a rugged, weatherproof IP67/IK10-rated enclosure. Utilizing the built-in I/O ports, the system can be configured to record in 1080P or 3MP (megapixel) mode when the stop arm is actuated.

All video is recorded in real time at 30 frames per second, and utilizes H.264 compression to maximize recording times on the built-in, 32GB solid state media.

“Studies indicate that the average school bus experiences three stop-arm violations each week,” said Bruce Smith, president and CEO of Safety Vision. “Our new high-definition stop-arm camera system is a perfect fit for addressing this danger because it is a standalone system that does not require additional equipment or costly integration with third-party hardware or software.”


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This is long over due and has to be a valuable tool for school attorneys and prosecutors. School attorneys can show the bus driver properly making a stop to pick up or to drop off students at their bus stops. The evidence that can be presented during any court cases that involves motorist who run over and kill students around school buses would be all the evidence that a judge and or jury would need to view for a guilty verdict to be delivered in courts. Since law enforcement officers can't always be around patrolling school bus routes the video cameras can be. Prosecutors can use the evidence to file charges against violators who have been identified through the video camera. What better evidence could there be! Not only the evidence - think about the publicity and the fact motorist will now know that school buses have these cameras on the school bus stop-arms collecting evidence for prosecutors. The sooner the motorist know about these cameras the better. Child endangerment statutes allow for stiff fines and jail time especially if the motorist is a repeat offender who continues to run the school bus stop arms. There should be public announcements on TV and in news papers alerting the motoring public that your school buses have these cameras. The more motorist realize that they can be prosecuted from such collected evidence the more they'll think twice before attempting to run stop arms. At least a reasonable thinking person would assume most people would not try it knowing they will now be recorded on film. Thank you Safety Vision and Blue Bird Bus Company for such a fine tool to use to prosecute those who continue to endanger children by driving through extended school bus stop arms. Some of the collected film of close calls could be used during required Statewide Safety meetings to help train any school transportation employees and school administrators. I myself would not want to see the actual footage of any student being ran over. However, a judge and jury w

Dan Luttrell    |    Aug 28, 2012 05:48 PM

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