SEATTLE — Fleet management technology supplier Zonar has partnered with BusPatrol, a provider of stop-arm cameras, to equip school districts with the latest school bus safety solutions.
BusPatrol’s mission is to reduce stop-arm violations and make the journey to and from school safer. The company deploys school bus stop-arm cameras and safety technology and manages all aspects of automated stop-arm violation reduction programs.
Through the partnership, school districts in states with approved stop-arm camera legislation will be able to equip their bus fleets with safety technologies from both companies at no cost, according to a news release from Zonar.
"Despite the fact that students are safer riding to and from school on a bus, we are still at the mercy of drivers who violate the law. That's why BusPatrol's partnership is so important to Zonar, school districts, and communities," said H. Kevin Mest, Zonar’s senior vice president of passenger services. "Together, we provide a full suite of solutions that includes smart fleet management, fleet health, student visibility, and full stop-arm enforcement to reduce illegal passing, better ensure student safety, and give parents and school officials peace of mind."
With no capital outlay, school districts can benefit from Zonar’s telematics and smart fleet technology — made possible by BusPatrol’s stop-arm enforcement program, which reinvests fines paid by stop-arm violators to cover equipment, installation, service, and management costs, according to Zonar.
"BusPatrol's stop-arm enforcement program enables fines issued to motorists who illegally pass school buses to fund the costs of the technology,” said Jean Souliere, CEO of BusPatrol. “This offsets any costs to schools, school boards, bus operators, or municipalities and extra funds can be used for additional safety initiatives.”
To get started, school districts can choose from two custom, turnkey packages: SafeTech Student and SafeTech Complete. While the SafeTech Complete package includes four additional products for school bus safety — the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 tablet, Zonar Coach, Zonar Verify, and Advanced Diagnostics — both packages outfit school bus fleets with safety and efficiency technology from BusPatrol and Zonar.
For more information on the partnership, go here.
In other recent news, Zonar has launched its Fleet Health Solution Suite, which includes Zonar FaultIQ.
FaultIQ, powered by vehicle data solutions provider Noregon, is designed to give customers a real-time overview of issues affecting the health, safety, and performance status of fleet vehicles and assets, according to Zonar. With FaultIQ, anyone — from dispatchers to technicians — can access data for each vehicle and asset to take specific action and make adjustments in real time.
Along with FaultIQ, Zonar’s Fleet Health Solution Suite includes additional monitoring and diagnostics offerings:
• Cummins Connected Diagnostics with Connected Advisor
• Zonar OTAir
• Detroit Connect Virtual Technician
• Zonar Ground Traffic Control (GTC) Diagnostic Report