Software that streamlines data collection, onboard Wi-Fi, fuel efficiency products, and an artificial intelligence-powered child-check device are just some of the options to look for in 2018. Also, on the horizon: wearable tech for drivers.

Fleet Management Software Features Simpler Navigation

FleetWave is designed to simplify fleet, driver, and maintenance management, from the financial overview of vehicles and equipment, to policy and supervision of drivers, technicians, and shops.

The system’s new interface includes a redeveloped login experience and aesthetic improvements to the core stylesheet that is used throughout the fleet system. The new experience retains all of FleetWave’s existing functionality, but includes a number of technological enhancements, including a new login system that is compatible with any desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone; the ability to white label screens with logos and background images for custom branding; an improved content layout, making tools easier to navigate; and updates for consistent cross-browser functionality.

Chevin Fleet Solutions

Device Designed to Detect Children Left in Vehicles

The Ambient Sensing Node (ASN) is an artificial intelligence-powered product created to detect children left behind in vehicles, including school buses. It can detect any movement — including heartbeats or breathing — for vehicle occupant monitoring.

Should a child be detected in the bus after it has been parked, the ASN device is engineered to alert the driver and fleet operator via telematics notification.


Bus Wi-Fi Solution May Provide More Time for Homework, Instruction

Kajeet SmartBus helps districts turn bus travel time into instructional time, extending the classroom for students by providing more than just internet on the school bus.

By giving students internet access while commuting, districts provide another opportunity for kids to stay on top of school work, as well as upgrade the bus riding experience.

Kajeet SmartBus offers districts educational Wi-Fi via a Cradlepoint router; Children’s Internet Protection Act-compliant customized filters; usage and data reporting; the ability to pool and share data among buses; and a dual-carrier option to have two networks connect simultaneously.

Wireless service is available on four 4G LTE networks.


Fuel Island Terminal Offers Multiple Options

The new Petro Vend 200 (PV200) Fuel Island Terminal offers modular options that make it scalable for a wide range of unattended fueling needs, according to OPW.

Available in three pedestal sizes, the PV200 provides 24-hour fuel control to unattended commercial fleet fueling operations large or small. OPW said that the terminal offers the versatility of many a la carte options, including dual card reader operation, an alpha keyboard, and a receipt printer.

OPW Fuel Management Systems

Data Platform Can Track Routes, Students, Maintenance

Samsara is a single data platform system for real-time GPS, integrated student tracking, route analysis, driver support, and vehicle inspection and maintenance. Features include live bus location updates; cameras that can instantly sync to the cloud; a cloud-based dashboard that shows automatic engine diagnostics, idling alerts and fuel usage; a quick-search user interface; and driver safety reporting. The platform can also integrate with school bus apps such as SafeStop.


System Can Ease HD Upgrades

The TH6 is a high-definition (HD) hybrid video surveillance system that makes HD upgrades easier. Add up to six 1080p HD cameras while also recording views from existing installed analog cameras. The TH6 also offers a video protection feature to ensure video is always recorded even in a sudden power loss after an accident.


Battery Technology Designed to Cut Fuel Use, Costs

ACC Climate Control and Vanner Inc.’s Revolution technology is created to offer zero-emission operation. Revolution can eliminate engine high-idle, reduce fuel consumption, and lower school bus air-conditioning maintenance costs, according to Vanner. The driver has full functionality of air-conditioning, wheelchair lifts, radios, etc. with the engine off, which can eliminate emissions.

Vanner Inc.

On the Horizon: Wearable Tech to Aid Drivers With Student Attendance

Transfinder is developing software that can work with smart watch technology to help drivers easily access route information. Operating with Wayfinder, its driver portal designed for a bring-your-own-device platform, drivers could take attendance with the watch and get information about the number of students who need to be picked up or dropped off at each stop. The watch would vibrate at each stop and give information on the time and distance until the next stop.


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Nicole Schlosser

Nicole Schlosser

Former Executive Editor

Nicole was an editor and writer for School Bus Fleet. She previously worked as an editor and writer for Metro Magazine, School Bus Fleet's sister publication.

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