COQUITLAM, British Columbia — Seon and RedSpeed USA, a provider of automated photo enforcement programs, have completed a partnership agreement to offer an end-to-end stop-arm violation enforcement solution to the school bus market.
The automated stop-arm violation enforcement solution will use Seon’s digital video recorders, capable of GPS location tagging, with two exterior cameras mounted on the driver side of the bus to capture and record stop-arm violations in both directions of travel.
When a stop-arm violation is detected, video evidence will be automatically and wirelessly uploaded to a central server for review by RedSpeed authorized personnel, Seon officials said. Once RedSpeed has verified the violation, an evidence package will be created and forwarded to law enforcement personnel for review and final approval. Once the ticket has been approved by the police, RedSpeed will print and mail a ticket to the registered driver.
Additionally, the system uses a high-definition camera to clearly capture license plate numbers, even at high speeds, according to Seon.
“We are very pleased to partner with RedSpeed to deliver a solution that will make a real impact on student safety,” said Terry Akiyama, president of Seon. “School transporters will have an automated solution that doesn’t require any bus driver interaction to address the real problem of stop-arm violation enforcement.”
“The combination of RedSpeed’s proven turn-key processing services with Seon’s mobile surveillance expertise will ensure a seamless implementation of a stop-arm enforcement program for every client,” said Robert Liberman, managing director for RedSpeed.
Up to three interior cameras can be added to the system for further protection of students and drivers inside the bus, Seon officials said.
The stop-arm enforcement solution will be available to order for any school district or contractor-owned buses in Canada or the U.S., provided the appropriate legislation is in place. Illinois, home to RedSpeed’s corporate headquarters, passed legislation approving use of the technology in August 2013.
“Many Seon customers have added stop-arm cameras to their existing camera systems and successfully captured video evidence of stop-arm violations,” Akiyama added. “This partnership with RedSpeed will further automate the solution, giving them a true end-to-end system for capturing, processing and enforcing stop-arm violations.”
The two companies are launching a pilot project to test and refine the solution at a school district in Illinois. Once the initial pilot is complete and meets the outlined success criteria, the two companies plan to launch and market a commercially available solution in states with existing or pending stop-arm camera legislation, Seon company officials said.
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