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NAPT Technology Showcase

Here’s a look at the latest in pupil transportation products that were on view at the NAPT trade show in Louisville, Ky. New technologies included high-intensity LED warning lights and a browser-based fleet maintenance system.

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Compact DVR system provides economical option

247Security introduced its mDVR600 series at the trade show, aimed at providing a simple, rugged and economical option to replace VHS. Designed to provide the technology and premium features normally found on high-end DVRs, the mDVR602 features solid state memory, with no moving parts or hard drive. The product is GPS-enabled to work with 247Security’s MiniTRACK application, which allows users to review the path of the bus, speeding, idling and stops. The recorder itself is small enough to install in the radio compartment and does not have a ventilation fan, preventing dust build-up. No extra office hardware or software is needed for playback and optional built-in WiFi allows users to connect with the company’s HandsFREE wireless data transfer application. The unit also features input sensors for lights, brakes and doors.
247Security Inc.


Activity seat’s slim back maximizes bus space

C.E. White Co. unveiled two seats: the Fofinta activity seat (pictured) and the “Sister Seat” ECL. The Fofinta has a slim line, Euro-style back to maximize the number of seats on a bus, and a knee-saver feature. It meets all school bus specifications, including FMVSS 222 and 210. The seat is available with or without three-point belts and comes in fabric, vinyl or a combination of the two. Optional 225 LATCH brackets are available. The “Sister Seat” ECL’s single, double and triple passenger styles have been tested and certified in a wide range of commercial vans and buses; it meets all commercial bus specifications. A mid-back version is available for vans or buses, and the seat comes with or without three-point belts. 
C.E. White Co.

Activity seat accommodates smaller passengers

M2K gave a preview for trade show attendees of a new model that the company has in the works. The activity seat features an integrated child seat/flex seat for children 65 lbs. and under, which folds out and allows them to sit taller so the bus driver can see them and they can see over taller seatbacks. Company officials say they are still testing the concept. The seat is modular, with the same basic structure underneath as other M2K seat models.

DV-Pro creates database for DualVision recorders

DV-Pro helps fleet managers and safety professionals improve database management, archiving and reporting of Dual-Vision recorded information. The system also features instantaneous reading of SD card files, total events, and types of events such as G-shock, panic button and speed overages. All events may be downloaded, or users can specify events by date, driver or vehicle number. DV-Pro creates a searchable information database that can be used to create spreadsheet reports on driver safety and vehicle profiles. The system integrates with GPS location technology, allowing users to map out vehicle travel history. Users can also create video files that can be sent by e-mail.
Rosco Vision Systems


LED warning lights offer increased off-angle visibility

SoundOff Signal introduced its 7-inch round RD Series of LED warning lights. The lights have a low amp draw, but an eight-way warning light system delivers high-intensity light with specially designed inner optics that increase off-angle visibility to boost safety. Reinforced metal screw bosses prevent the lens from cracking due to over-tightening of the screws during installation, while an affixed neoprene gasket creates a tight seal when installed to prevent rusting and water damage to the bus. The lights can operate in two modes: Mode one is a steady burn, and mode two is a strobing flash. The lights are available in red and amber. Their UV-stabilized lens prevents fading from the sun.
SoundOff Signal

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