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The district located northwest of Houston uses more than 330 buses to transport 53,000-plus students. “Ultimately, our staff desired a camera system that


was reliable, and [one] where the company offered good support,” he noted. “At the end of the day, anyone in transportation will tell you that they just want a camera system that when they go and retrieve video, it’s there.”


Key Selection Points When choosing a camera system, evaluating image reso-


lution and file storage is a major part of the process, Creach noted. Osceola district staff take great pains to make valid comparisons, when comparing resolution of images. “We will pull the hard drives from the various record-


ers that we may be testing and using from the supplied OEM video software, to do a visual comparison on the same monitors,” Creach added. “To keep apples and apples together, we use the same size buses with the exact same lens and resolution settings, viewing areas and lighting conditions.” His staff also looks at video that is recorded in various


lighting and weather conditions, to decide which system they feel is performing within expectations. By comparison, Creach said he feels that storage


need not be a primary consideration. “Except for the newer system running high-resolution settings, we do not need large storage capacities for the video, as most issues are current in their occurrence. We only need to typically look back a few days to find what we need.” The district also lacks the bandwidth capacity and infra-


structure to utilize automated, overnight video downloads from all buses. Once an event is identified, it’s transferred to hard media and filed with the student record. “We simply pull videos individually upon request and as a part of our on-going routine process for ensuring quality driver performance,” he said. Rice noted that when researching camera systems,


he always prefers to view “real” bus video. “I want the vendor to connect a hard drive and show me the video from a bus,” he explained. “Often, vendors have a pre- recorded image that they show on the computer, but I want to see the real hardware and software in action. I can’t tell if video has been edited, if I don’t have an opportunity to see it in action.” A factor not to be overlooked is the quality of record- ing. “Many times the picture does not tell the entire story,” Ott said. “Hearing what was said back and forth allows us to really be there.”


Trust Us with Your Most Important Assets


Costar Mobile Video knows it’s important that you deliver the safest and highest quality of student transportation. In doing so, it’s important you choose a vendor that offers the latest in technology and provides the level of service you can count on. Our cost-effective, complete turn-key systems and intuitive, user-friendly software packages featuring, wireless download capabilities, live-video and system status reports will meet your departments needs today and tomorrow.


101 Wrangler Drive, Suite 201 Coppell, Texas 75019  www.costarmobilevideo.com Toll-free: (888) 694-7827  Phone: (469) 240-2635


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