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NTSB Tips for School Bus Safety

on May 27, 2020 3:12 pm

Even though there is a lot of uncertainty regarding when students will return to school in 2020, the discussions surrounding student safety on the school bus – specifically when boarding and exiting the bus – haven’t stopped. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) held a webinar last week regarding its final findings of its investigation of one of the most publicized accidents involving illegal passing of a school bus in recent years. That tragedy happened in October 2018 in Indiana when a motorist failed to stop for a stopped school bus, resulting in the deaths of three students and injuring another. This all happened despite the bus driver having activated the stop arm and flashing red lights on the bus. Based on final findings of the investigation, here are a few safety recommendations the NTSB had for schools and organizations across the country: Greater Use of Technology Of all the safety recommendations coming out of the investigation, the NTSB said one of the biggest recommendations it had was for the increased use of technology to prevent accidents and enhance student safety. Specifically, the NTSB recommends that all schools across the country should be able to use stop-arm cameras to help...

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Policing During COVID-19: Tips to Protect Your Officers

on April 16, 2020 4:12 pm

Being a police officer is a dangerous job. But like other professions that are essential during the COVID-19 pandemic, police departments are trying to navigate the difficult task of keeping employees safe while still performing the job at hand. Social distancing, practicing proper hygiene and performing extensive workplace cleansing are all things those who are still working are directed to adhere to. But police officers are put in unique situations in their day-to-day work that can put them at a higher risk of COVID-19 infection. So what are some of the extra steps police officers can take to protect themselves and those around them – especially in regards to safely handling equipment like body-worn cameras and managing video? Let’s take a look at some simple steps you can take: Limit Trips to the Station No matter what you do or where you live, everyone is trying to limit travel between locations to avoid an increased potential for exposure and virus spread. But how can police officers limit and possibly even eliminate having to make trips back to the station? One way to do that is to ensure all of your officers can upload video remotely from their in-car video systems...

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Trade Show Review: Three Insights From the Floor

on April 2, 2020 4:35 pm

Before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of the world, we spent the first two weeks of March taking part in two of the biggest commercial truck and equipment trade shows in North America: the NTEA Work Truck Show and CONEXPO-CONAGG. Attendees got a chance to see all the latest and greatest equipment and technology for commercial vehicles. It’s always interesting attending the shows as a vendor and talking with attendees, listening to the reasons why they came to the show and what they’re looking for. With everything there was to see at the two shows, here are a few trends and insights we took away from our experience at these two shows: Video Record No matter what industry it was, many attendees had liability coverage on their mind. Whether you’re operating a cement mixer or a trash truck, it’s important to protect yourself on the liability end with a video record that tells the full story of what’s going on in and around your equipment and vehicles. That resulted in many attendees looking for the latest and greatest advancements in dash cameras – with a focus on having a simple solution for recording video on fleet vehicles. With something as...

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COVID-19 Update from PRO-VISION

on March 31, 2020 1:31 pm

With the announcement of the stay at home order in Michigan, we have updated our Coronavirus (COVID-19) plan accordingly. We are continuing our operations as an Essential Business through the duration of this order. Pro-Vision is fully committed to providing the highest levels of service without disruption of our operations. Operation Plan During Business Continuation: First and foremost, we have implemented social distancing and hygiene best practices to protect our on-premise employees from exposure. We will continue to monitor the ongoing development of the pandemic and follow federal, state and local guidelines while implementing best practices to control the spread. Supply Chain: We have been actively working with our domestic and international supply partners since January to ensure product availability. Our supply chain is fully functional. We will continue to monitor this globally but expect minimal, if any, disruptions. Daily Production and Shipping Functions: We are on regular schedules with special precautions for our limited on-site employees. All on-site functions are performed under social distancing guidelines. We are observing Federal and State guidelines with respect to COVID-19 suppression and disinfecting work areas daily. Customer Service, Sales, and Technical Support: All support functions remain fully functional on a remote basis. If...

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Cloud Storage: The Benefits for Law Enforcement

on February 17, 2020 3:16 pm

In this blog post, we take a look at the reasons why law enforcement should use cloud storage when it comes to storing video data We live in a world of data. That’s especially true for those who work in law enforcement. Body-worn cameras, in-car video systems and other advancements in technology have changed the way policing is done. But all of the advances in technology have also forced police departments to figure out how and where to store all of the data they collect with those devices. Many departments face that issue by typically deciding between two methods of data storage: Self-host the data on their own servers Utilize cloud-based storage While some may think that self-hosting on their own servers is the way to go, there are a few key reasons why going with cloud-based storage can be beneficial to departments both big and small: More Secure One of the first questions that law enforcement professionals will ask is, “Isn’t it safer to store it on our own servers?” The better question to ask is, “Do we have the manpower, time and money to keep our data secure?” With vendors that offer cloud-based data storage, the solutions are...

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The Benefits of 4G: How to Better Manage Your Fleet

on December 30, 2019 6:50 pm

We recently attended the 2019 American Towman Exposition in Atlantic City, NJ, and it was a great way to get a feel for the technology tow truck operators are looking for most. Throughout the show, operators shared their thoughts with us on which features are most important to them when it comes to the video recording systems they use on their trucks. And what was the one feature that came up more than most? The ability to connect their devices to 4G data. But what benefits would you get from pairing your video recording systems with 4G? Let’s take a look: GPS Tracking One of the biggest benefits of utilizing a 4G connection is the ability to do live GPS tracking through the device. Of course, the video recording system you use would need to have the ability to perform GPS tracking, but most systems today come with the option to connect a GPS antenna to the system or already have one built into it. By connecting your device to 4G, you can use computers, smart phones and tablets back at your office to both see exactly where your fleet vehicles are in real time and also view the historical...

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Eight Tips for School Bus Stop Safety

on November 21, 2019 3:43 pm

After attending the NAPT conference recently in Columbus, Ohio and specifically the Illegal-Passing Panel Discussion event, I noticed some valuable tips that may be a nice reminder or great new information for the majority of school districts that weren’t represented there. Here are some of the tips I walked away with: 1. Use Curbside Pickup When Necessary While curbside pickup can be expensive and add precious time to routes, it may be necessary. Do it when a route has a dangerous stop without an adequate nearby area to move to a safe stop. The other condition that factors in is the speed of traffic. Usually only 55 MPH or faster zones would require this. Instead of forcing a child to cross the street or walk a considerable distance on the roadside, curbside pickup may be needed.   2. Evaluate Routes and Run Them Before School Starts and After I know, most of you do this already, but if not, you should! If you have your drivers run their routes before school starts, they can identify areas of concern to you. When they do that, you can review if a stop needs to be moved or another adjustment needs to be made...

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Three Reasons Why Your Fleet Needs Dash Cameras

on October 21, 2019 2:28 pm

Dash cameras have become a popular tool for fleet managers in recent years. Today’s post examines the reasons why you should use dash cameras on your fleet vehicles. With all of the recent advancements in video recording systems for commercial vehicles, dash cameras have exponentially grown in popularity as a key tool for fleet managers. According to the Google Automotive Trends Report for 2018, shipments of dash cameras hit 285,000 units last year – a 20 percent jump from 2017. But for those fleet managers who have yet to implement dash cameras across their fleet, the main question they ask is: “What benefits do I get from using dash cameras?” Let’s take a look at some of the key benefits of installing dash cameras on your fleet vehicles. Video Record While your drivers may be hesitant to have a camera on them, dash cameras can provide a video record that protects both your drivers and your business. With the video record a dash camera provides, that video can be used to refute false claims and be the independent observer in any accident. Let’s say one of your drivers is involved in an accident. The other driver could sue your company...

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HD Video Quality: Why it’s Vital for Video Recording Systems

on September 17, 2019 3:24 pm

Of all the features available for video recording systems for your vehicles, true 1080p HD video recording is one of the most important features. Making the decision to install video recording systems on your fleet vehicles can be a complicated one. You’ll soon start asking yourself: What kind of cameras do I need? What kind of storage do I need? Will I need a system that tracks GPS? While there are many features you need to consider when finding the right video system for your needs, there is one feature that is arguably the most important one to consider – the video quality. Why is it so important to find a video recording system with top-notch video quality? Here are a few reasons why: Crucial Details If you’re investing in video recording systems on your fleet vehicles, it’s because you want a video record of everything happening in and around your vehicle. It’s especially important for that video record to provide as much detail as possible – and that’s why it’s so important to place a premium on video quality when purchasing video recording systems. Whether you’re trying to see what your driver is doing in the cab of their...

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Wi-Fi Transfer: How it can Benefit Your Fleet

on July 29, 2019 3:16 pm

Manually removing physical storage to download video from your video recording systems? See how using Wi-Fi transfer can simplify the video download process. From operating school buses to driving garbage trucks, many companies that have vehicles are now using video recording systems on those vehicles to protect their drivers and their companies. But with all of the video produced by these systems, the process of downloading videos by manually removing physical storage can be a hassle. One method of video download that can provide many benefits is using Wi-Fi to wirelessly download videos. But what benefits will you get out of using Wi-Fi to transfer your videos? Let’s take a look at the main benefits: Saves Time Imagine being a fleet manager for a public transit organization in a mid-sized city. Now imagine you have a fleet of 20 buses coming in and out of your garage at different times of the day. If you have to manually pull out SD cards or hard drives to retrieve the video from the video recording systems on your buses, you could spend hours walking back and forth pulling that storage and returning it after downloading video. And if you have multiple buses...

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