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Background

The school bus industry has been trying to effectively address the School Bus Danger Zone (the surrounding 10 feet at the front, sides and back of the school bus) for years. The use of mirrors, stop arms, video surveillance, operator training, public safety announcements, and policies and procedures have helped increase safety outside the bus. But more must be done if we want to reduce the number of school bus related injuries and fatalities to zero.

Eight students were killed in school bus loading and unloading accidents in the 2016-2017 school year. This number is double that of the number of students killed in similar situations during the 2015-2016 school years. 

And late last year in the space of one week, we saw evidence that the 2018-2019 school year was looking even worse. Several children were killed and others injured in multiple incidents outside of school buses across the nation. 

• Rochester, Indiana - three children (ages 6-9) were struck and killed and one child (aged 11) was seriously injured as they crossed the road to board their school bus. 

• Tupelo, Mississippi – a 9-year-old boy died after being hit by a truck while he was trying to board his school bus. 

• Tampa, Florida – a 5-year-old boy was injured by a car while crossing in front of his school bus. 

The 2018 the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation (NASDPTS) National Stop Arm Violation survey shows 108,944 school bus drivers reporting 83,944 vehicles illegally passing their buses on one single day alone. The study surmises a 180-day school year would result in over 15 million violations.

Innovation at Safe Fleet has created a new approach to this long-standing problem by means of active alerts to both the school bus drivers and the students themselves, as well as an essential ingredient to the safety solution mix — Artificial Intelligence.

Press Release: Predictive Stop ArmTM and Right Hand Danger Zone Solutions

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

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.

(Read More on Safe Fleet's website)

FAQs

What is the Predictive Stop Arm?

Safe Fleet's Predictive Stop ArmTM is an innovative, 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. The system also makes use of analytic algorithms to help reduce false alerts to the driver.

How does the Predictive Stop Arm work?

The Predictive Stop Arm uses Safe Fleet's patents-pending radar and other advanced technologies to monitor oncoming traffic, measuring the vehicle’s speed and distance from the school bus. Analytics algorithms process the data from the radar sensors and determine whether the vehicle has sufficient time to slow down and stop or whether a stop arm violation is probable. If the system perceives that students should not cross, audible and visual warnings are issued to the driver and audible warnings are issued to the students.

The solution features three operational modes:

> The system is not active (no warnings or alarms) while the bus is in motion or stopped in traffic. This minimizes any possible distraction to bus operators.
> Predictive mode: The system automatically transitions to predictive mode when the bus stops and turns on the flashing amber lights (the door remains closed and the stop arm is not extended). The system generates visual warnings to the driver if an approaching vehicle is travelling too fast and is located within a pre-set proximity threshold (the system determines the approaching vehicle is unlikely to stop in time BEFORE students disembark).
> Monitoring mode: Once the bus operator has determined it is safe for students to disembark, the stop arm has been extended and the bus door has opened, the system transitions to monitoring mode. The system generates a visual warning to the bus operator if it detects a vehicle approaching within the pre-set proximity threshold and this vehicle has reasonable time to stop. If the system detects a vehicle approaching within the pre-set proximity threshold and the vehicle is unlikely to stop, the system issues a visible and audible warning to the bus operator and an audible warning is issued to the students advising them it is not safe to cross (Spoken words: “Stop! Do not cross.”)

The solution also features:

> Multi-level visual alerts for the bus driver.
> Audible alerts for the students.
> Optional audible alerts for the bus driver.
> Adverse operating temperature ranges from -30C to 50C. (-22 F to 122F)
> Monitoring of up to three lanes of traffic

Does the Predictive Stop Arm issue tickets to violators?

The Predictive Stop Arm uses Safe Fleet's patents pending radar and other advanced technologies to monitor oncoming traffic and warn students when the system perceives that they should not cross the street. The PSA does not capture images of passing motorists and associated stop arm violations, however, a school district could take advantage of the PSA ability to issue a signal output to an external system (for example a time stamp on video surveillance) that could be used for the purposes of ticketing illegal passbys. Additionally, Some school buses are equipped with stop arm cameras (independent of the Predictive Stop Arm). In buses equipped with stop arm cameras, the passing motorist could be ticketed if they pass illegally thereby violating a school bus stop arm and the stop arm camera captures evidence of the violation.

What about flashing lights for hard of hearing children?

Visual alerts were part of our original product development discussions and remain on our roadmap for a future release.

What is the Right-Hand Danger Zone?

This 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 people and their movement within a definable right-hand danger zone area. If the system detects probable risk, visual warnings are displayed to warn the vehicle operator. The intent is to prevent a potential accident before it occurs.

How does the Right-Hand Danger Zone (RHDZ) work?

Detection is conducted via advanced deep-learning video analytic algorithms instead of motion-based algorithms. The system is typically inactive (minimizing possible driver distraction) while the bus is in motion or stopped in traffic.  The system becomes active when the bus is stationary and the bus door is open. The Right Hand Danger Zone is equipped with a GPS that senses the bus speed.  The system automatically de-activates when the bus reaches a pre-set speed; failing that, the system will de-activate within 2 minutes after the bus starts to move and the door is closed.

The solution features:

> Minimized false triggering.
> Visual alerts to warn the driver.
> Optional audible sound to alert the driver.
> Customizable Right-Hand Danger Zone region.

Does the RHDZ cover the whole perimeter surrounding the bus?

No. The current solution detects people and their movement within a definable right-hand danger zone area only (curb-side of the bus), this is part of a phased approach that is designed to help address Abigail’s Law, which requires newly manufactured school buses be equipped with video or sensors to help determine the presence of objects in front of or behind the bus. Our future plan is to enhance the solution to enable detection of people on all sides of the bus providing a full, comprehensive solution.

Do these technologies meet regulatory requirements?

While we are unaware of any current regulatory requirements that specifically address the Predictive Stop Arm and Right Hand Danger Zone solution technologies, if new regulatory requirements emerge in the future, Safe Fleet is committed to the exploration and pursuit of further design enhancements to help meet any new compliance requirements in cooperation with both regulators and customers.

Are these solutions available now?

> Yes, the Predictive Stop Arm is now available to school districts and school bus contractors. Contact Safe Fleet for more information.
> The Right-Hand Danger Zone is currently in BETA trials, and will be released for Pilot testing in Autumn, 2019.

How much do these solutions cost?

School Districts may contact Safe Fleet directly and we would be happy to review the district needs and provide a customized quotation.

Can a school district see a live demo?

Yes. Contact Jessica Rodwell, Marketing Communications Manager, at +1 (604) 941-0880 or jessica.rodwell@seon.com if you would like more information about a demo near you.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: No system can prevent all incidents. Inattentive drivers, weather, erratic student behavior, and other factors can inhibit detection and overall system performance. Drivers must always keep proper lookout.**

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Jessica Rodwell

 jessica.rodwell@seon.com

(604) 941-0880

Pilot and BETA Sites

Please contact Jessica Rodwell if you would like information on clients using the Predictive Stop Arm.

Jessica Rodwell
Marketing Communications Manager
jessica.rodwell@seon.com
+1 (604) 941-0880 

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In the News

New School Bus Safety System Designed to Prevent Tragedies - WTHR 13 (NBC), Indianapolis, June 10, 2019  –  
A new school bus safety system aims to protect kids getting on and off their buses. It's called the Predictive Bus Stop Arm and it works like a car's blind spot alert. Cameras and sensors monitor 10 feet in all directions around the bus and predict approaching danger to students. (more)

New School Bus Radar System Would Help Prevent Tragedies - RTV 6 (ABC), Indianapolis, June 10, 2019  –  New safety equipment for school buses is being tested right here in central Indiana. The Clark-Pleasant School Corporation has spent four weeks testing the system called the "Predictive Stop Arm." The system gives a verbal warning along with flashing lights when a vehicle gets to close to the bus while the stop arm is out. (more)

New Radar System Intends to Prevent Future School Bus Tragedies - WTTV 4 (CBS), Indianapolis IN, June 9, 2019 - The young woman accused of blowing through the stop sign on a Rochester school bus and killing three children last fall goes on trial in October. In Johnson County, Robin Hall’s Clark-Pleasant School District bus is outfitted with new technology to prevent such tragedies in the future. (more)

Hopkins Testing New Bus Safety Technology - KARE 11 (NBC), Hopkins MN, June 9, 2019  – Hopkins Public Schools is one of two districts in the nation to try a new system that predicts when a vehicle will illegally pass a stopped school bus. (more)

New Radar System Being Tested Locally Could Help Prevent School Bus Stop Accidents - WSBT 22 (CBS), Elkhart, IN, June 14, 2019  – Artificial intelligence is being used in our area with the goal of keeping kids safe as they board their school bus. The “Predictive Stop Arm” is being tested right now at Elkhart Community Schools. The radar system monitors oncoming traffic. (more)

* Note: Intelligent Perimeter Safety Solutions has been renamed to Smart Safety Solutions to better reflect our full suite of safety solutions