Safe Fleet Donates Protective Masks to First Responders on Front Line of COVID-19 Pandemic

Safe Fleet will donate tens of thousands of KN95 protective masks to fire departments and law enforcement agencies across the country.

Safe Fleet Donates Masks“In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to show our support and care for our extended First Responder family,” explained John Knox, Safe Fleet’s Chairman & CEO.  “Since we are in the business of supplying fleet safety equipment to help protect the lives of firefighters, law enforcement officers, bus drivers, and commercial vehicle operators, we used our strong existing global supply chain to quickly source and secure shipment of the masks.”

The protective masks will be shipped to Safe Fleet’s Long Island and Houston facilities and then distributed to first responders that expressed an urgent need to replenish their mask supplies.

Safe Fleet previously donated 800 surgical masks they had on hand at their Belton, MO facility to the local Belton fire department, Belton Missouri Police Department, and Belton Regional Medical Center.

“Keeping people safe is in our DNA,” adds Knox. “It’s why we exist as a company. It’s not surprising that our employees would think first of how we could find new ways to help keep people safe on the front lines of this pandemic. We will continue to look at additional solutions and capacity to support those facing the pandemic and to help keep fleets transporting essential workers and delivering essential goods on the road safely.”

Safe Fleet Acquires Commercial Fleet Upfitter American Midwest Fleet Solutions

Belton, MO – MARCH 3, 2020 – Safe Fleet, a leading global provider of safety and productivity solutions for fleet vehicles, expands fleet upfit capabilities for the Commercial Vehicle market by acquiring American Midwest Fleet Solutions (AMFS).

AMFS is a pre-eminent provider of in-field installation and service of safety, security, navigation, tracking and communications products as well as ladder racks and other specialty custom truck equipment and electronics, for commercial vehicle fleets. AMFS has been providing its SMARTFIT™ field upfitting solutions to customers for over 25 years. Their long-standing relationship with 30+ strategic installation partners and 1,500 installation providers creates an extensive network across the US and Canada, making them the go-to North American field upfitter for any commercial fleet anywhere at any time.

“AMFS has built strong working relationships with nearly every upfitter, ship-thru facility, and leasing company in America,” says Mike Schulte, President of Safe Fleet. “Their full-service sales and installation expertise adds to Safe Fleet’s strong base and growing capacity for in-field fleet safety equipment service and installation.”

AMFS products and expertise complement Safe Fleet’s Commercial Vehicle video and safety solutions portfolio. Their patented FlexGuard™ mesh partitions for light-duty fleet vehicles provide Safe Fleet the capability of offering interior storage solutions for a customer’s entire vehicle fleet when paired with Safe Fleet’s American Van® branded line of commercial van and truck cargo containment products. AMFS video camera and fleet tracking service and installation expertise increase Safe Fleet’s ability to provide end-to-end safety and security upfitting, remote diagnostics, and preventative maintenance and monitoring services for the Commercial Vehicle market. This acquisition will build on existing synergies already established between AMFS and Safe Fleet’s Rear View Safety™ (RVS™) brand for fleet video, tracking, and vehicle safety sensor upfits and service on commercial vehicles.

“We are extremely excited to join the Safe Fleet family,” said Teresa Miller, one of the founders of AMFS. “Safe Fleet and AMFS share a mutual commitment to ensure Commercial Fleet operators are safe and productive. We are proud to be part of Safe Fleet’s journey to establishing a national footprint of product install and aftermarket service locations to better service all of our customers.”

AMFS’ founders, Dave and Teresa Miller, will remain with the business, joining Safe Fleet’s Commercial Vehicle Group.

“The addition of American Midwest Fleet Solutions is yet another important step in Safe Fleet becoming the leading Smart Safety Solutions company for fleet vehicles,” adds Schulte. “AMFS greatly expands our ability to provide safety solution installation and service to any fleet customer regardless of their location across the USA and Canada.”

About Safe Fleet
Headquartered in Belton, MO, Safe Fleet is the leading provider of safety solutions for fleet vehicles. Their best-of-breed smart solutions form an integrated safety platform for fleets of every type – School Bus, Transit, Fire, EMS, Law Enforcement, Work Truck, Truck & Trailer, Construction, Agriculture, Waste & Recycling, Industrial and Military. With a broad portfolio of market-leading brands,1,700 employees and 14 manufacturing locations, Safe Fleet continues to innovate and deliver the smart safety solutions that fleets need to survive and thrive in a changing world – and ensure that drivers, passengers, and everyone around them arrive home safely. Safe Fleet is driving safety forward for today’s and tomorrow’s fleets. For more information visit
www.safefleet.net. Safe Fleet is a portfolio company of Oak Hill Capital Partners.

About American Midwest Fleet Solutions
Located in Lone Jack, MO, American Midwest Fleet Solutions (AMFS) is a North American upfitter working for the fleet services industry since 1990. AMFS established itself in the upfitting industry by first installing vehicle security systems, then expanding product and service offerings to become the leading provider of installation and service of safety, security, navigation, tracking, and communications products in fleet vehicles. They provide Fleet Management Companies (FMCs) with turnkey services for the execution of fleet upfit and component installation for commercial fleet vehicles, leveraging an extensive network of 30+ strategic installation partners and 1500 network installers across the country.) Visit www.ammfleetsolutions.com for more info.

About Oak Hill Capital Partners
Oak Hill is a private equity firm managing funds with more than $14 billion of initial capital commitments and co-investments since inception from leading global endowments and foundations, public and corporate pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, financial institutions, consultants, and family offices. Over the past 30+ years, the professionals at Oak Hill and its predecessors have invested in 90 private equity transactions across broad segments of the U.S. and global economies. Oak Hill applies an industry-focused, theme-based approach to investing in the following sectors: Consumer, Retail & Distribution; Industrials; Media & Communications; and Services. Oak Hill works actively in partnership with management to implement strategic and operational initiatives to create franchise value. For more information, please visit www.oakhill.com.

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