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As a transportation director, I am looking for as much flexibility with as much new technology as possible. Our industry is changing every day. I need to be able to be creative and challenge the old-school way of doing things.” Jim Lovelace, Ball-Chatham School District in Illinois


real-time mechanical anomalies and engine fault codes for mechan- ics who are back at the garage. “When a problem arises on the bus or in the engine, a diagnostic code automatically is transmit- ted directly back to the shop, so the technician or fleet manager immediately knows the issue with the bus and the level of severity, receives recommendations for a fault resolution and even what parts are needed,” explained Kilgore.


“Te technician then can decide to call the bus in for service immediately, or wait until the bus finishes its route,” she contin- ued. “Tis immediate transmission of data delivers huge savings in costs for labor, parts and potential replacement buses, as well as saving time for the school district. And fleets now have insight into maintenance issues before they become larger repairs, saving repair


costs and unnecessary downtime.” Meanwhile, Slyman of Navistar pointed out that paying the


up-front cost of the digital dashboard and add-on features is better than paying the same amount for an unplanned vehicle tow that could have been prevented with remote condition monitoring.


BENCHMARKING BENEFIT Recognizing the return on a technology investment is always


important for school districts, and its importance seems to only grow as school budgets are ever constrained. Smart decisions that are derived from the dashboard data, however, help make the case for technology investment.


TRANSPORTATION HEADACHES?


� Multiple pick-up/drop-off locations and frequencies


� Issues caused by lack of integration between routing/scheduling software, GPS, Parent App., etc.


� Constant phone calls from schools and parents


� Poor customer support


� Not being able to work in multiple terms simultaneously


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