Safe Fleet to Demonstrate School Bus Safety Technology in Laurel, Mississippi on Anniversary of Fatal Accident

Safe Fleet to Demonstrate School Bus Safety Technology in Laurel, Mississippi on Anniversary of Fatal Accident

Jones County School District deploys patents-pending Predictive Stop Arm™ technology to help prevent fatal school bus related injuries

  • First-to-market Smart Safety Solutions™ from Safe Fleet aims to proactively keep students out of harm’s way through the use of radar technology and predictive analytics
  • Jones County School District will be the first district in the State of Mississippi to implement Safe Fleet’s PSA technology
  • Live demonstration of the PSA will take place on December 10, 2019 at 10:00 am in Laurel, Mississippi

LAUREL, MISSISSIPPI – (December 5, 2019) – Safe Fleet, a leading global provider of safety solutions for fleet vehicles, will be hosting a live demonstration of the patents-pending Predictive Stop Arm™ (PSA) technology on December 10, 2019 at 10:00 am. The date marks the tenth anniversary of a fatal school bus accident involving five-year-old Nathan Key. On the anniversary of Nathan’s death, his mother, Lori McJohnson, will be attending the demonstration in support of additional school bus safety and preventative measures.

Since the accident in 2009, Lori Key McJohnson has helped push through Nathan’s Law which was passed in 2011. The law resulted in increased fines and penalties for drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses. Safe Fleet has since developed Advanced Technology for the Danger Zone to address school bus safety. The Danger Zone is the area extending 15 feet to the front, rear and sides of the bus that poses the highest risk to children of being hit by passing vehicles or their own bus.

The PSA is a first-to-market, patents-pending solution using radar technology and predictive analytics, to monitor oncoming vehicle traffic for probable stop arm violations. The technology helps to further increase safety in the Danger Zone by aiming to notify the bus driver and the students that it may not be safe to cross the street – before an accident occurs.

Mike Schulte, President of Safe Fleet states, “The devastating event that impacted the Key family ten years ago should never happen. Yet unfortunately the illegal passing of stopped school buses, which creates incidents such as this, are still occurring every day. Our PSA solution aims to save lives and pave the way towards a future of zero fatalities in school transportation-related injuries.”

Passing vehicles cause an estimated two-thirds of school bus loading and unloading fatalities. Jones County School District is the first in the state of Mississippi to implement Safe Fleet’s PSA technology to prevent fatal accidents.

“No family should ever experience the loss of a child. We are hoping with the implementation of PSA, we will eliminate the possibility for accidents, such as Nathan’s, to ever occur in the district again,” states Tommy Parker, Jones County School District Superintendent

 

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About Safe Fleet

Safe Fleet has a vision to reduce preventable deaths and injuries in and around fleet vehicles with a goal of ZERO accidents.  To that end, Safe Fleet’s best-of-breed smart solutions form an integrated safety platform for fleets of every type – School Bus, Transit Bus, Fire, EMS, Law Enforcement, Work Truck, Truck and Trailer, Construction, Agriculture, Waste & Recycling, Industrial and Military.

With our broad portfolio of market-leading safety solutions, 1,600 employees, and 14 manufacturing locations across North America, also serving Europe, Asia and the rest of the globe, Safe Fleet continues to innovate and deliver the smart solutions that fleets will need to survive and thrive in a changing world – and ensure that drivers, passengers, first responders, in-the-field workers, and pedestrians arrive home safely.

At Safe Fleet, we’re Driving Safety Forward.™

 

For more information about Safe Fleet and its portfolio of brands, please visit www.safefleet.net. 

Media Contact:

Megan Kent
Magnolia Communications
megan@magnoliamc.com
613-620-9378

Safe Fleet’s Predictive Stop Arm™ (PSA) Detects an Average of 4-6 Daily Illegal Passbys Per Bus

Safe Fleet’s Predictive Stop Arm™ (PSA) Detects an Average of 4-6 Daily Illegal Passbys Per Bus

Illegal passbys are a common cause of school bus-related accidents

  • Safe Fleet customers pleased with successful deployment of patents-pending PSA pilot, will continue to deploy on school buses
  • First-to-market Smart Safety Solutions™ aims to proactively keep students out of harm’s way through the use of radar technology and predictive analytics
  • Live demonstration of the Smart Safety Solutions at the Annual National Association for Pupil Transportation Conference and Trade Show (NAPT) in Columbus, Ohio on Nov. 4, 2019

BELTON, Missouri November 4th, 2019 (7:00 AM ET) – Safe Fleet, a leading global provider of safety solutions for fleet vehicles, is pleased to announce the successful completion of the Predictive Stop Arm™ (PSA) pilots deployed in 30 school buses across North America. After this successful pilot phase, Safe Fleet customers have committed to continue to use the school bus safety technology on their school buses.

Safe Fleet has developed Advanced Technology for the Danger Zone to address school bus safety. The Danger Zone is the area extending 15 feet to the front, rear and sides of the bus that poses the highest risk to children of being hit by passing vehicles or their own bus.

The PSA is a first-to-market, patents-pending solution using radar technology and predictive analytics, to monitor oncoming vehicle traffic for probable stop arm violations. The technology helps to further increase safety in the Danger Zone by aiming to notify the bus driver and the students that it may not be safe to cross the street – before an accident occurs.

Safe Fleet’s Right-Hand Danger Zone (RHDZ) technology solution focuses on the right-hand side of the bus, where students are at risk of being caught in the bus doors, wheel wells, or struck by the departing bus. Making use of advanced video analytics, the solution detects students and their movements within a definable right-hand danger zone area and provides notification of potential danger to drivers before a potential accident occurs. One of the solution’s key defining characteristics is that it is not just detecting motion, but rather intelligently identifying objects and the threat they or the bus poses during and shortly after departure.

Safe Fleet will host live demonstrations of the new and innovative Smart Safety Solutions at the Annual National Association for Pupil Transportation Conference and Trade Show (NAPT) in Columbus, Ohio. The demonstrations will be held outside the west side connector of the Greater Columbus Convention Center on November 4, 2019 from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM  ET.

John Knox, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Safe Fleet, states, “The launch of our Smart Safety Solutions marks a significant milestone achievement for us this year. Children are unfortunately still being injured in accidents that could be prevented, and our solutions aims to save lives. Close calls shouldn’t happen and can be avoided with technology like the PSA and the RHDZ. Our goal is to pave the way towards a future where there will be a continuous decline in number of child fatalities in school transportation-related crashes through advancements in technology.”

George Sontag, Transportation Supervisor at Worthington Public Schools, a local school district in Columbus, Ohio, states: “We are proud to partner with Safe Fleet to pilot the PSA solution that takes a proactive approach to increase school bus safety. With the technology they provided, our children are safer and protected against tragic school transportation incidents.”

Safe Fleet expects to launch the PSA across many more districts in the coming year.

About Safe Fleet

Safe Fleet has a vision to reduce preventable deaths and injuries in and around fleet vehicles with a goal of ZERO accidents.  To that end, Safe Fleet’s best-of-breed smart solutions form an integrated safety platform for fleets of every type – School Bus, Transit Bus, Fire, EMS, Law Enforcement, Work Truck, Truck and Trailer, Construction, Agriculture, Waste & Recycling, Industrial and Military.

With our broad portfolio of market-leading safety solutions, 1,600 employees, and 14 manufacturing locations across North America, also serving Europe, Asia and the rest of the globe, Safe Fleet continues to innovate and deliver the smart solutions that fleets will need to survive and thrive in a changing world – and ensure that drivers, passengers, first responders, in-the-field workers, and pedestrians arrive home safely.

At Safe Fleet, we’re Driving Safety Forward.™

For more information about Safe Fleet and its portfolio of brands, please visit www.safefleet.net.

For further information, please contact:

Irene Lo
Magnolia Communications
irene@magnoliamc.com
604.306.1015

Safe Fleet Hosts Live Demonstration of Smart Safety Solutions™ at the Annual National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) Conference and Trade Show

Innovative Predictive Stop Arm™ takes a proactive approach in addressing the national issue of illegal passings of stopped school buses

Belton, Missouri (OCTOBER 29, 2019)

WHAT:
Passing vehicles cause an estimated two-thirds of school bus loading and unloading fatalities. While using a school bus to get to and from school is 70 times safer than walking, biking or riding in a car driven by adults or teenage drivers, children are still being injured in accidents that occur outside of the school bus but should be prevented.

Safe Fleet, a leading global provider of safety solutions for fleet vehicles, recently launched its Predictive Stop Arm™ (PSA) and Right-Hand Danger Zone (RHDZ) solutions this summer. After successful PSA pilots with existing customers in school districts across the nation and an RHDZ beta trial with select school districts, Safe Fleet will now unveil these Smart Safety Solutions to the industry-at-large at the annual NAPT Conference and Trade Show in Columbus, Ohio.

The national issue of illegal passing of stopped school buses historically has been met with reactive technology measures. However, Safe Fleet’s live demonstration will show technology currently available on the market that takes an effectively proactive approach to help keep students out of harm’s way.

Using radar technology and predictive analytics, the PSA is the first-to-market school bus safety solution to proactively notify both the bus driver and students, through audible and visual warnings, of potential danger detected by the system. Using advanced video analytics, the RHDZ focuses on the right-hand side of the bus and detects students and their movements within a definable right-hand danger zone area to prevent a potential accident before it occurs.

Safe Fleet’s Vice President, School Bus, Chris Akiyama, will be available on-site to discuss the school bus danger zone and what a safety zone might look like, with new technology. Having specialized in federally mandated products on school buses for over 20 years, Safe Fleet is the industry’s trusted leader in school bus safety technologies.

WHO:
Chris Akiyama, Vice President, School Bus, Safe Fleet

WHEN:
Monday November 4th, 2019
11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. EDT

WHERE:
West Side Connector of Greater Columbus Convention Center
400 N. High Street
Columbus, OH
43215

To set up an in-person or phone interview, please contact Irene Lo of Magnolia Communications.

About Safe Fleet

Safe Fleet has a vision to reduce preventable deaths and injuries in and around fleet vehicles with a goal of ZERO accidents.  To that end, Safe Fleet’s best-of-breed smart solutions form an integrated safety platform for fleets of every type – School Bus, Transit Bus, Fire, EMS, Law Enforcement, Work Truck, Truck and Trailer, Construction, Agriculture, Waste & Recycling, Industrial and Military.

With our broad portfolio of market-leading safety solutions, 1,600 employees, and 14 manufacturing locations across North America, also serving Europe, Asia and the rest of the globe, Safe Fleet continues to innovate and deliver the smart solutions that fleets will need to survive and thrive in a changing world – and ensure that drivers, passengers, first responders, in-the-field workers, and pedestrians arrive home safely.

At Safe Fleet, we’re Driving Safety Forward.™

For media inquiries, please contact:
Irene Lo
irene@magnoliamc.com
604-306-1015

 

 

Safe Fleet Participates in Live Demonstration for the National School Transportation Association School Bus Illegal Passing Technology Showcase

Predictive Stop Arm™ aims to use radar technology and predictive analytics to proactively prevent illegal passing from happening

Belton, Missouri (OCTOBER 24, 2019)

WHAT:
During National School Bus Safety Week, the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) sponsored an event at the U.S. Capitol to highlight the problem of illegal passing of stopped school buses.  The event included a press conference and live, bus-equipped demonstrations of technologies which address the illegal passing problem and highlight the benefits of enacting the STOP for School Buses Act.

The showcase  featured technologies that can be used to prevent illegal passing of stopped school buses. As one of the technology vendors present at the showcase, Safe Fleet showed the Predictive Stop Arm (PSA) and Driver Alert solutions in action, and how the solutions aim to save lives.

The PSA uses radar technology and predictive analytics to proactively notify both the bus driver and students, through audible and visual warnings, of potential danger detected by the system. Aimed at preventing the illegal pass-by in the first place, the Driver Alert notifies trailing motorists when the bus is stopping and loading/unloading, with flashing Caution-Stopping, and Stop-Do Not Pass warnings.

Working with NSTA, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski introduced the STOP for School Buses Act with Congresswoman Julia Brownley in April (HR 2218).  An identical companion bill was introduced in the Senate in May by Senators Todd Young and Gary Peters (S 1254).  The bipartisan bills would require DOT to review illegal passing laws, enforcement mechanisms and penalties in all 50 states, technologies, distraction, driver education and other issues and make recommendations on best practices and most effective approaches. Congresswoman Walorski will be in attendance at the event and give remarks. Senator Todd Young is attending.

Safe Fleet’s Vice President, School Bus, Chris Akiyama, was available on-site to discuss how their solutions proactively aim to keep students out of harm’s way by gauging risk of stop arm violations and whether it is deemed safe for students to cross. Having specialized in federally mandated products on school buses for over 20 years, Safe Fleet is the industry’s trusted leader in school bus safety technologies.

WHO:
Chris Akiyama, Vice President, School Bus, Safe Fleet
Congresswoman Walorski

WHEN:
Wednesday October 23, 2019
8:30 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. EDT 

WHERE:
U.S. Capitol Grounds near the U.S. Botanical Gardens
200 Maryland Ave S.W.
Washington D.C.

To set up an in-person or phone interview, please contact Irene Lo of Magnolia Communications.

About Safe Fleet

Safe Fleet has a vision to reduce preventable deaths and injuries in and around fleet vehicles with a goal of ZERO accidents.  To that end, Safe Fleet’s best-of-breed smart solutions form an integrated safety platform for fleets of every type – School Bus, Transit Bus, Fire, EMS, Law Enforcement, Work Truck, Truck and Trailer, Construction, Agriculture, Waste & Recycling, Industrial and Military.

With our broad portfolio of market-leading safety solutions, 1,600 employees, and 14 manufacturing locations across North America, also serving Europe, Asia and the rest of the globe, Safe Fleet continues to innovate and deliver the smart solutions that fleets will need to survive and thrive in a changing world – and ensure that drivers, passengers, first responders, in-the-field workers, and pedestrians arrive home safely.

At Safe Fleet, we’re Driving Safety Forward.™

For media inquiries, please contact:
Irene Lo
irene@magnoliamc.com
604-306-1015

 

 

 

Safe Fleet Uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Improve Safety Outside the Bus with Launch of Intelligent Perimeter Safety Solutions

Predictive Stop Arm™ and Right-Hand Danger Zone solutions provide a proactive approach to reducing school bus related injuries and fatalities.

  • Demo on June 9th at STN EXPO Conference & Trade Show 2019
  • Intelligent Perimeter Safety Solutions help warn students when stop arm violations are likely to occur, enhance overall student safety outside the bus, improve blind spot visibility and reduce driver distraction
  • Product trials taking place in school districts across the United States and Canada

BELTON, Missouri – June 6th, 2019 (7:00 AM ET) – Safe Fleet, a leading global provider of safety solutions for fleet vehicles, announces the launch of its Intelligent Perimeter Safety Solutions that include its patents-pending Predictive Stop Arm™ and its Right-Hand Danger Zone protection system —  two innovative solutions that use predictive analytics, advanced sensors and radar technology to increase safety where students are most at risk: outside the bus.

To date, the transportation industry has focused only on limited, reactive solutions that address recording oncoming driver behavior, instead of proactive measures which directly reduce risk to students, helping them avoid accidents before they happen. Safe Fleet’s proprietary Predictive Stop Arm uses radar technology to monitor oncoming vehicle traffic for probable stop arm violations and through the use of AI and predictive analytics, proactively notifies both the bus driver and students of potential danger through audible and visual warnings. If risk is detected, students are alerted not to cross the street.

Safe Fleet’s Right-Hand Danger Zone protection system detects students and their movements within a definable, statistically high-risk area outside the bus. It displays visual warnings to alert the operator when risk is present, helping to reduce injury to students at the bus door and wheel well.

Safe Fleet will debut its Intelligent Perimeter Safety Solutions for the first time in public in an Illegal Passing & Bus Perimeter Safety Demonstration at this year’s STN Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana. The demonstration for conference attendees will take place at Victory Field on June 9th from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET.

John R. Knox, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Safe Fleet, stated, “In today’s complex world, school districts need a strategic partner to bring an intelligent perspective to safety. We are pleased to be the first and only provider of proactive solutions in the school transportation industry that use artificial intelligence and predictive analytics to drive safety forward. Our patents-pending Intelligent Perimeter Safety Solutions turn the Danger Zone into a Safety Zone.”

Safe Fleet’s Intelligent Perimeter Safety Solutions enhance student safety and reduce driver blind spots and distraction. The Predictive Stop Arm and Right-Hand Danger Zone protection systems improve safety outside the bus, increase driver performance and optimize fleet operations management. Pilot trials are currently taking place in school districts across the United States and Canada.

About Safe Fleet.

Headquartered in Belton, MO, Safe Fleet owns a portfolio of brands that provide safety and productivity solutions to fleet vehicle manufacturers and operators around the world. These brands serve several major markets including: Bus, Rail, RV, Truck & Trailer, Work Truck, Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, Industrial, Construction, Agriculture, Waste/Recycling and Military. With over 1,600 employees and 14 manufacturing locations, Safe Fleet targets markets with increasing demand for operator, passenger, and pedestrian safety. For more information about Safe Fleet and its portfolio of brands, please visit www.safefleet.net.

For further information, please contact:

Jessica Rodwell
Marketing Communications Manager
604.941.0880
jessica.rodwell@seon.com