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School Bus Routing Software FAQs:
Camera systems monitor student and driver behaviour during routes, and record the external environment. School bus cameras can capture bullying between students as well as accusations against the driver. With video footage, you no longer have to resolve conflicting stories about interactions on the bus.
The DVR can record signals from the vehicle, including braking, right and left turning, warning lights, and stop-arm deployment. It can also record G-sensor events, vehicle speed, alarms, and idle time.
By recording the school bus signals you monitor driver behavior and confirm if the driver has followed proper procedure, including braking, warning lights, and stop-arm. Video can be tagged with events, then you can search video that occured when the signal was deployed. The most common signal for this is stop-arm and panic button.
G-sensor measures any amount of force that was exerted on the vehicle during the route. For example, if the driver took a hard turn, or if there was a collision with another vehicle, the force of movement is measured by the G-sensor. If acceptable measurements are exceeded, an alarm is triggered and you can retrieve the video around that alarm to view the event.
When GPS is installed on your bus, the position and speed of the vehicle is stored for the entirety of the route. When reviewing the video, you can also view a map of the route the vehicle traveled. GPS offers improved time accuracy of the DVR recording.
- Greatly reduce the manual effort and time that go into creating routes with paper maps and pencils.
- Quickly provide valuable reporting data such as total route mileages, total route time, longest route, slowest route, number of students per bus, etc.
- Provide information for determining future busing needs based on enrollment growth, new school openings (or even closings).
- Rapidly create route driving directions for drivers (especially useful for sub-drivers).
True Web Based routing is the ability to actually create and modify routes using only a Web Browser (e.g., Internet Explorer or Firefox etc.,) without having to download or install any special software on your computer.
- Truly Web Browser Based. It does not require you to download or install anything special on your computer for creating and updating routes
- Built on World Renowned ESRI GIS technology.
- Built by US Computing which is a prominent ESRI Business Partner.
- Able to create routes for entire fleets at one time through a Web browser interface. Does not require user to build one-route at a time.
- Able to create routes that adhere to specified bell-times through a Web browser interface.
- Able to match students to buses based on equipment needs through a Web browser interface.
- Able to seamlessly read in road map data from local county/municipality of state government offices that use ESRI tools.
- Based on industry standard data formats and not proprietary data formats that require conversion.
In the K-12 Context, True Fleet Scheduling/Routing is the task of taking a list of bus stops, including the number of riders per stop and the schools they attend and then combining that information with a list of vehicles in a fleet including the capacity of each vehicle and producing routes for each vehicle such that all stops are serviced and all students are correctly transported to the right school on time.
- WITHOUT the user having to build one route at a time and
- WITHOUT the user having to group a set of stops into routes manually
True route optimization is the process of creating multiple routes through a set of bus stops and optimizing such stops to route assignments. Taking into account school bell time, bus capacities, student equipment needs etc. that:
- Produce multiple low Mileage Routes and
- Produce multiple low Ride Time Routes and
- Reduce, when possible, the number of buses needed to run routes.
Absolutely! More should be expected and more is available. Creating one route at a time where the user is required to list out the stops that need to go on a single route is not true automated software routing and is actually the same as the manual process of building routes with paper maps and pencils. True routing software should be able to do much more than find the shortest path connecting a set of stops on a single route.
- There is no need to install special software on your desktop computer.
- If your computer has a problem and you need to replace it, there is no need to reload routing software on the new computer, since all you need is a Web browser to access it.
- If a new employee has to use the routing software you do not need to install it on their computer. They can simply access it through Web Browser.
- If there is a software upgrade, each individual computer does not need to be updated. Only the server is updated and everybody immediately sees the update through a Web Browser.
- You do not need a separate program for routing and a separate one for reports and bus route/stops look-ups by schools. The same web program does it all.
- With proper security access, you could access your routing system using a Web Browser from home or when on the road.