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Protect your operation with video surveillance
April 22, 2014

False claims made against school bus drivers or other transportation staff have the potential to damage reputations and cause legal problems if a district or bus company is unable to prove what occurred during the incident in question. Equipping buses with cameras and DVRs can offer protection by providing undisputable evidence in these situations and others, such as accidents. Here's a roundup of the technology utilized by operations around the country.

District launches security, transit management system
April 3, 2014
Dallas County Schools begins using Force Multiplier Solutions’ BusGuard. The security and transit management system includes real-time video and audio, GPS, a thumbprint scanner, and multiple interior cameras and stop-arm cameras.
Seon, RedSpeed partner on stop-arm violation solution
March 27, 2014
When the video cameras from Seon detect a stop-arm violation, evidence will be uploaded to a central server for review by RedSpeed. If verified, RedSpeed will forward an evidence package to law enforcement personnel for review, then print and mail a ticket to the registered driver.
Update: Wyoming gov. signs bill to require stop-arm cameras
March 13, 2014
Under the new law, as of the 2016-17 school year, all school buses in the state will have to be equipped with external cameras to capture evidence of illegal passing. Up to $5 million will be appropriated to reimburse school districts for 100% of the costs of the video surveillance systems.
AngelTrax expands operations to the Midwest
March 11, 2014
The mobile surveillance system supplier opens a new operations center in Jeffersonville, Ind. The expansion will enable AngelTrax to introduce new solutions in a larger, more central market, officials say.
Indiana stop-arm camera bill dies in Senate
March 6, 2014
The sponsor of the bill, Sen. Michael Crider, didn't offer the bill for a second reading on Monday, so it couldn’t receive a final vote in the Senate by the Tuesday deadline. Some senators had concerns with how contracts between school corporations and camera enforcement companies would be arranged, which was one reason why Crider didn’t make it available for another reading.
Wyoming bill would require stop-arm cameras
February 27, 2014
Under the legislation, as of the 2016-17 school year, all school buses in the state would have to be equipped with external cameras to capture evidence of illegal school bus passing. Internal school bus surveillance cameras would remain optional.
Texas district to equip buses with stop-arm cameras
February 21, 2014
The Georgetown Independent School District and the Georgetown Police Department partner with road safety camera provider American Traffic Solutions to crack down on illegal passing of school buses. A statewide survey in Texas last year found 9,825 instances of stop-arm running in one day.
Redflex: Stop-arm running caused 15 crashes in 2013
February 20, 2014
According to the stop-arm enforcement technology provider, 15 crashes last year that directly resulted from illegal school bus passing had a toll of 18 injuries and deaths.
Safety Vision celebrates 21-year anniversary
February 14, 2014
The provider of mobile video surveillance and collision avoidance solutions serves a variety of fleets, including mass transit, pupil transportation, law enforcement and private fleet sectors. Founder and CEO Bruce Smith says Safety Vision is “approaching $1 billion in sales since inception,” which has “made for an incredible milestone,” and the company was recently issued a U.S. patent for digital data storage technology.
Seon donates $25K to anti-bullying campaigns
February 5, 2014
The supplier is giving $5,000 of the proceeds from school bus camera system sales to “The Bully Project,” a social action campaign that aims to stop bullying. The remaining $20,000 will be distributed to school districts across North America that apply and are chosen for the Seon Anti-bullying Education Grant.
Cameras and enforcement can reduce stop-arm violations
February 5, 2014
Web Exclusive: In this editorial, David Poag, who created the Stop-Arm Violation Education Enforcement campaign, says many would-be stop-arm violators will think again before passing a stopped school bus if they are educated about the use of stop-arm cameras and their role in enforcing stop-arm laws. He draws parallels between these violations and the effectiveness of efforts to enforce seat belt laws in personal vehicles and reduce drunken driving.
NYAPT works to bolster school bus security
January 31, 2014
On Wednesday, the one-year anniversary of the slaying of Alabama school bus driver Charles Poland Jr., the New York Association for Pupil Transportation paid tribute to Poland and announced steps it is taking to increase school bus security. For example, the association is supporting legislation that would make it a crime of criminal trespass to board a school bus without permission.
District's stop-arm camera pilot finds few violations
January 24, 2014
Last fall, Simsbury (Conn.) Public Schools launched a stop-arm camera pilot program that district officials say returned "some very surprising results." The findings: With 3,100 school bus stops, there were only two potential violations.
Seon makes ‘school bus safety predictions’ for 2014
January 15, 2014
In a new post on the video surveillance provider’s blog, Seon Marketing Coordinator Tia O’Grady discusses the company’s outlook on such pertinent issues as school bus routing and tracking software, surveillance technology and bullying.
Maryland county launches stop-arm camera program
January 3, 2014
Several Montgomery County Public Schools buses are now equipped with automated cameras to record illegal passing. Officials say that the program will expand over the next few months and will target bus routes with the highest reports of violations. The fine for violations caught on camera is $125.
Gatekeeper Systems secures Sheppard Bus contract
December 17, 2013
The company will supply mobile video solutions for the New Jersey-based school bus contractor’s fleet. Doug Dyment, president and CEO of Gatekeeper, says the contract enables the company to expand sales “in geographic regions where there has previously been limited exposure.”
Dell Transportation equips buses with Rosco event recorders
November 25, 2013
The Port Washington, N.Y., operator now has Rosco’s Dual-Vision recorders on its entire school bus fleet. Bob Pape, principal of transportation at Dell, says that the devices have led to lower insurance premiums and have enhanced safety for both the children and the drivers.
AngelTrax cameras improve low light video capture
November 8, 2013
The company’s new line of cameras feature built-in smart infrared and super ultra wide dynamic technology to automatically adapt to unpredictable lighting conditions. The high-definition camera systems can record in 60 frames per second at 1280x720 resolution.
Seon to donate proceeds to anti-bullying efforts
October 2, 2013
A portion of the proceeds of every bus camera system the supplier sells between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 will go to anti-bullying education and awareness campaigns such as “The Bully Project.” The total donation is expected to amount to upward of $25,000.
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