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 Announces Acts of Kindness Campaign for 2019 National Bullying Prevention Month

BELTON, MO (October 2, 2019) – Safe Fleet’s United to End Bullying (UEB) program announces a new initiative this October to honor National Bullying Prevention Month. The company is hoping to inspire people to end bullying by spreading kindness through a month-long Acts of Kindness Campaign. Details on how to participate and ‘Take the Pledge to be Kind’ can be found on the United to End Bullying website.

“We’re taking a break from our annual coloring and poster contest this year with a goal to engage a broader audience in our efforts to stop bullying,” explains Lori Jetha, UEB Program Executive Director. “We hope that everyone in our communities will join us to end bullying by spreading kindness.”

Throughout the month of October, employees at all Safe Fleet locations will show their commitment to the cause through weekly kindness activities, starting with Blue Shirt Day on October 7th. A social media campaign will run from October 2-31st, entering anyone who takes the Kindness pledge on the UEB web site and shares their Act of Kindness online into a random draw for one of five $50 Amazon gift cards. Each act of kindness shared and tagged #UEBisAoK or #SFActsofKindness equals one entry into the draw.

“We would encourage any school, non-profit, community group or inspired individual to join us to help exceed our goal of 300 Acts of Kindness in 30 days,” adds Jetha. “The more we take action to pay kindness forward, the closer we get to ending bullying in our communities.”

To find out more about the weekly challenges and how to participate in the Acts of Kindness Campaign visit the United to End Bullying web site at http://unitedtoendbullying.com/campaigns/october-bullying-prevention-month/.

About Safe Fleet | United to End Bullying

The United to End Bullying (UEB) program is the national social campaign of Safe Fleet, the leading provider of safety solutions for fleet vehicles. Headquartered in Belton, MO, with over 1600 employees and 14 manufacturing locations across North America, Safe Fleet targets markets with increasing demand for operator, passenger and pedestrian safety, including Bus, Rail, RV, Truck & Trailer, Work Truck, Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, Industrial, Construction, Agriculture, Waste/Recycling and Military. For more information about Safe Fleet and our portfolio of brands please visit www.safefleet.net. For more details on the United to End Bullying Program, visit www.unitedtoendbullying.com.

Safe Fleet Announces 2019 Anti-bullying Grant Winners

$50,000 Will Be Awarded to Increase Safety and Decrease Bullying

BELTON, MO (June 11, 2019) – Safe Fleet is excited to announce the winners of the 2019 United to End Bullying Grant program.  Forty-seven school districts and community organizations in the US and Canada that presented the best strategies to stop bullying were selected to receive grant funding this year totalling $50,000.

The annual United to End Bullying (UEB) grant program was created in 2015 to fund grassroots anti-bullying efforts in local communities. “Safety is part of everything we do,” says John R. Knox, Chairman and CEO of Safe Fleet. “This grant program is an important part of our commitment to safety in our communities, enabling local organizations to inspire kindness and equip children and adults with the knowledge and tools to end bullying.”

“We received so many deserving grant applications this year”, said Lisa Radesco, UEB Coordinator for Safe Fleet’s Nesconset, NY location. “It was really tough to select the list of winners.”

Each grant winner will be contacted over the next several weeks with details on the amount of funding granted and how to collect their award. To find out more about Safe Fleet’s United to End Bullying program visit www.unitedtoendbullying.com.

2019 United to End Bullying Grant Winners:

Anglophone School District West, Fredericton, NB

Azalea Blossom, Inc., Brooklyn, NY

BC Epilepsy Society, Vancouver, BC

Blenheim Bus Lines, Blenheim, ON

Boulder Valley School District, Boulder, CO

Broward County School District Student Services, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Buffalo Creek Elementary, Spring Branch ISD, Houston, TX

Burke County Public Schools, Waynesboro, GA

Cahokia Unit School District 187, Cahokia, IL

Chavez Huerta K-12 Preparatory Academy, Pueblo, CO

Children, Inc., Covington, KY

Community Treatment Inc., Festus, MO

District 191, Burnsville, MN

Ella’s Way, Inc, North Andover, MA

Five Star Life, Elkhart, IN

Flowing Wells Unified School District #3, Tucson, AZ

Fly by Nature Foundation, Fort Washington, MD

FREE2LUV, Seattle, WA

Guilford County Schools (Mental Health Support Services of NC), Greensboro, NC

Hampton Park Elementary School, School District #43, Coquitlam, BC

Hindu American Foundation, Washington, DC

Hult Center for Healthy Living, Peoria, IL

Humboldt Public School, Humboldt, SK

International Bullying Prevention Association, Troy, MI

Lincoln Park Middle School, ISD 709, Duluth, MN

Magnolia School District, Anaheim, CA

Moreland Elementary (ISD 197), West St. Paul, MN

Mount Gallant Elementary School, Rock Hill, SC

Museo de Las Americas, Denver, CO

Newport Public Schools, Newport, RI

PeaceMaker Minnesota, Roseville, MN

Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy, Martinez, CA

Riverside Medical Clinic Charitable Foundation, Riverside, CA

Sacramento City Unified School District, Sacramento, CA

Sheltered Reality Inc., West Liberty, IA

South Bend Community School Corporation, South Bend, IN

South Washington Schools, Cottage Grove, MN

Southeast Cornerstone Public School Division, Estevan, SK

Spark Theatre Company, Elyria, ON

St. John’s Lutheran School, Winston-Salem, NC

The Art of Imagination, Kansas City, MO

ThinkGive Inc., Concord, MA

Waconia Public Schools, Waconia, MN

Washington County School District, Springfield, KY

Wayne County Public Schools, Goldsboro, NC

West St. Paul Police Dept., West St. Paul, MN

YWCA Boulder County, Boulder, CO

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 our portfolio of brands please visit www.safefleet.net.

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For more information about this release, please contact:

Lori Jetha
VP, Marketing
ljetha@safefleet.net
1.877.630.7366