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MOBILE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT


SOLUTIONS AT&T Provides School Districts with Solutions for Greater Safety and Efficiency


A WRITTEN BY ART GISSENDANER


AT&T’S NEW GENERATION OF MOBILE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (MRM) solutions for school districts is being received by a growing chorus of satisfied transportation directors who are singing the praises of the communications giant. New GPS technology is helping cash-strapped


school districts drive down transportation costs by providing information for more efficient route planning, better driver scheduling and oversight, and real-time diagnostics while buses are on their routes. GPS tracking also allows dispatchers to know


the location of each bus at any given time. Alerts are sent when a bus exceeds a certain speed or varies from its assigned route. On-time performance is accurately measured because districts can determine the time a bus reaches a stop, how long it is there and monitor idle time. AT&T Director of Industry Solutions for


Opposite page: AT&T’s Enhanced


Push-to-Talk feature allows student transporters at


Boerne ISD near San Antonio,


Texas, to instantly


communicate with other personnel throughout the


district in a group radio format.


Transportation John Moscatelli says safety, regulatory issues and operational efficiency always come into play whenever school bus fleets are discussed. He adds that school district officials want to know where buses are and if they are being operated safely; are they well maintained and meet regulations, and do they have an adequate number of buses on the right routes? AT&T mobile solutions for the transportation


industry go beyond basic GPS tracking to include vehicle diagnostic reporting. Districts can use the solutions to monitor a wide variety of data including engine alerts, hard braking, fuel consumption, ignition status and more.


“Tese are the kinds of conversations we have,


and schools can address them depending on their appetites for innovation and their budgets,” Moscatelli explains. “Tankfully for everyone, the cost of hardware and data is significantly lower than it’s ever been. We can do things today the customer never dreamed they could afford. It’s just phenomenal.”


AT&T MRM GOES TO MOBILE COUNTY Moscatelli’s words proved prophetic for the


63,000-student Mobile County Public School System in Alabama. Pat Mitchell, the district’s transportation director and a former assistant police chief and city manager, has great things to say about his district’s decision to work with AT&T. Mitchell saw immediately that Mobile County’s


student transportation was in chaos because bus drivers were improvising their routes. Parental complaints about the irregularity of the buses and the driving habits of drivers were high, and rising. Tis was not a good situation for the state’s largest school district, which covers 1,644 square miles. Mobile County’s buses transport more than 26,100 students almost 42,500 miles each day and consume 3.4 million gallons of fuel annually. Mitchell contacted AT&T and was introduced


to Actsoſt® from AT&T, a GPS-enabled MRM solution that did everything Mitchell needed and more. Mobile County route supervisors now monitor the speed and location of all district buses. Supervisors are also able to re-route buses


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