CHESAPEAKE, Va. — BusPatrol announced on Feb. 7 a new partnership with Chesapeake Public Schools in Virginia that will make the journey to and from school safer for children who take the school bus.
The contract for school bus safety technology was awarded to BusPatrol on Jan. 10, 2020. It will include using Zonar smart fleet technology on over 500 school buses that are used daily in the Chesapeake area.
Over the next few months, every school bus in the Chesapeake fleet will be outfitted with the latest school bus safety technology. BusPatrol’s exclusive partnership with Zonar ensures that every Chesapeake Public School student who rides the bus will be protected by a cutting-edge suite of technology.
In addition to stop-arm cameras, BusPatrol will install and implement sideload, interior and rearview cameras, as well as DVR, GPS, telemetry and cellular connectivity technology. Ticket processing and program management will be handled by BusPatrol—all at no cost to the community.
BusPatrol will be actively working with officials from Chesapeake Public Schools and local law enforcement to determine route planning, redistricting, fleet maintenance, real-time analysis, and financial analytics, to provide the safest and most cost-efficient method to transport students. BusPatrol will work with the community and use data to proactively mitigate safety risks that children face daily on busy Virginia roadways.
BusPatrol’s technology helps to correct motorist behavior by educating through enforcement. Through the use of SafetyTech, awareness can be increased and police can simultaneously be provided with additional resources to effectively apply the law.
“We are thrilled to be implementing our SafetyTech solutions in Chesapeake,” says Jean Souliere, CEO of BusPatrol. “This will be the first community to benefit from our new exclusive partnership with Zonar that will allow parents and caretakers to be brought closer to kids as they travel to and from school. Zonar and BusPatrol integrate world-class fleet management with leading stop-arm enforcement to create the safest, most technologically enhanced school bus on the road.”
“Ensuring that children are safely transported to and from school is a joint goal of Zonar and BusPatrol,” said H. Kevin Mest, senior vice president and general manager of passenger services at Zonar. “Together, our goal is to mitigate the over 95,000 vehicles passing school buses illegally nationwide each day.” Mest said they are “excited to see that schools like Chesapeake Public Schools are taking the matter as seriously as we do.” www.buspatrol.com