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Redtail Telematics Debuting Next-Gen GPS Hardware at CES

“VAM-HD will be a game-changer for vehicle fleet customers and insurers worldwide.”

REDTAIL Telematics Corporation, a global manufacturer of state-of-the-art GPS tracking products for vehicles as well as a strategic Data Warehouse supplier to the Insurance Telematics industry and other enterprise-level customers in Europe and North America, will unveil its breakthrough new VAM-HD GPS hardware at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. VAM-HD is the key component in a comprehensive next-gen hardware/data/UI solution for vehicle fleets and insurance industry customers.

REDTAIL has provided Vehicle Asset Management (VAM) hardware to its customers for years, with an unmatched track record of quality, reliability and service. Now VAM-HD will take fleet management and specialized applications like crash forensics to the next level using the very latest available technologies:

•High impact detection, with sampling rates up to 1kHz
•More memory and greater processing capacity to capture longer journeys, detect events and process details 
•Best in class GPS sensitivity as a platform 
•Compatibility with multiple satellite constellations including GPS and Glonass, for pinpoint accuracy and faster time to fix 
•Dual range 3-axis accelerometers and 3-axis Gyro for detailed driver behavior and crash reconstruction 
•Bluetooth and serial port connectivity

According to Dr. Colin Smithers, REDTAIL CEO, “VAM-HD will be a game-changer for vehicle fleet customers and insurers worldwide, enabling a comprehensive solution that has not been available until now, combining VAM-HD data processed through the REDTAIL DataWarehouse and viewed with an intuitive UI. Together with the new Crash Portal, they bring big-data right to your desktop.

“High Definition data is crucial, capturing a crash event using REDTAIL hardware in the vehicle. A typical car crash occurs in a very rapid timeframe, averaging just 25 milliseconds. VAM-HD’s high speed impact sampling rates of up to 1kHz enable fleet managers and claims departments to quickly identify potential injuries as well as asset damage.”

Besides the cutting-edge VAM-HD hardware, REDTAIL will also debut its new Crash Portal at CES. Look for a separate release on that. For more information, please visit http://www.redtailtelematics.com, e-mail sales(at)redtailtelematics(dot)com or call 1-866-711-4880 in the U.S. or +44 (0) 1799 533300 in the Europe.

Slow But Steady

As nationwide unemployment figures dropped to the lowest point in the past six years and fuel prices the lowest in the past four, yellow school bus manufacturing kept chugging along with 5-percent, year-over-year growth. 

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School Bus Production Up 5 Percent

Data compiled from all seven school bus manufacturers as well as Type A chassis makers Ford and GM show that the industry continues a growth trend after bottoming out four years ago following the recession.

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Tyler Named Sales, Marketing VP for ASV

Kent Tyler, the former president of Collins Bus Corporation, is now vice president over all sales and marketing efforts at Allied Services Vehicles, the company announced. Tyler had been serving as president of ASV's bus division, which includes Collins Bus.

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Investment and Expansion Driving Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake Production, Job Growth

ELYRIA, Ohio – Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC (BSFB) has unveiled a multiyear, $8.7 million expansion and improvement project at its Bowling Green, Kentucky, manufacturing facility. The initiative has helped lead to another annual production milestone, with the Bowling Green operation manufacturing more than 1 million foundation brakes in a 12-month period.

Bendix Named 2014 Blue Bird Supplier of the Year

Blue Bird singled out Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems for superior performance and commitment to innovation in awarding the safey and braking systems manufacturer with the Blue Bird Corporation 2014 Supplier of the Year award this fall in Macon, Georgia.

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