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New Free School Bus Smart Device Route App

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Transfinder Corp. has released its free all-in-one in-vehicle app Wayfinder to clients that have Transfinder’s flagship Routefinder Pro product, the company announced today.

The Wayfinder app allows users to build routes on either smart devices they already own, or devices that are pre-installed on vehicles. The app is compliant with state laws pertaining to the use of smart devices on moving vehicles. In states where drivers are prohibited from interacting with devices while a vehicle is in motion, the screen goes—dark but turn-by-turn voice guidance is provided.

President and CEO Antonio Civitella described the Wayfinder app as a game-changer, not just for Transfinder clients, but for an industry that is in need of faster solutions that provide the safest bus stops, bus routes and compliance with a changing landscape of laws about smart device use on vehicles.

“Our clients have been asking for this for some time. We are proud to say that after being field-tested by a select group of clients, Wayfinder is now ready for prime time,” Civitella said. “This is a BYOD product—Bring Your Own Device.”

Wayfinder works with any iOS or Android smart device. It integrates with a district’s existing GPS provider or can use the GPS technology embedded in the smart device.

Wayfinder will allow unlimited users to:

• Quickly establish safe bus stops and build routes and upload into Routefinder Pro
• Optimize routes for either shortest distance or shortest time
• Optimize routes for either shortest distance or shortest time
• Capture new roads, developments or subdivisions
• Track vehicles utilizing Transfinder’s Fleetfinder solution
• Receive turn-by-turn voice directions

Civitella said this is the next generation of route building that will completely change the way school bus routing is conducted. Districts will be able to build routes in record time with the RouteBuilder technology included in the Wayfinder app.

For example, as a bus travels a route, an aide can tap a button on the screen that will accurately locate each stop as well as the entire route. Stops can then be added, deleted or relocated with ease.

“Your routes come alive as your drivers drive,” Civitella said. “It’s become our slogan for Wayfinder—but it is absolutely true. It puts these routes in the hands of the transportation department.”

Civitella knew the response would be positive when he gave a sneak peek to clients this spring. “When I gave some of our clients a preview of this technology at our Annual Client Summit in April, the crowd burst into applause,” Civitella said. “They know this is what the industry has been wanting for years.”

Civitella said Wayfinder is being made available for free to clients, because it will assist school districts in building routes faster and more accurately within the Routefinder Pro solution. Using Wayfinder will reduce the need for Transfinder’s award-winning support services, which will then allow support to provide service to other clients.

“Since we’ve made this solution available to clients, orders have poured in like never before in the history of Transfinder,” Civitella said. “There’s no need to explain its value—our clients and the industry get it.” http://transfinder.com/solutions/Wayfinder

About Transfinder

Founded in 1988 and based in Schenectady, N.Y., Transfinder is a national leader in intelligent transportation systems, providing transportation management systems and services to school districts, municipalities and adult care facilities. Transfinder, an Inc. magazine “fastest-growing company” for the past 11 straight years, has offices in Austin, Texas, and Shanghai, China. The software company develops and supports routing and scheduling solutions for optimal transportation logistics for clients in North America and the Middle East.  transfinder.com

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