“One example is that Foresight Pro allows you to

review only bus stops in chronological order, so that an admin can see who got on/off the bus, with GPS, date and time all correlated to it,” Bryer explained. “Also, in today’s world, privacy is a must. Safety Vision’s VMS also allows for the admin to blur out faces or any other areas of the image which allows the district to manage and process incidents without compromising the safety and security of students and bus drivers.” Many developers are also creating better options for

realtime footage. “Whereas video was predominantly used for behavior

modification and reinforcement in the past, tech- nologies such as artificial intelligence and predictive analytics have really moved their way into the school bus video,” said Chris Akiyama, school bus vice president for Safe Fleet, the parent company of Seon. “Video is being used now for real time event notifica-

tion,” Akiyama added. “If we think about driver behavior, maybe the bus was being driven erratically—it’s speed- ing, it’s turning erratically, those types of things. We can send a notification, and then in cases where it’s war-

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ranted, we can actually open up a live stream and allow administrators to see in real time what’s happening on the bus in crisis situations.” Although some district managers may see live footage as an unnecessary added expense, others swear by it to liter- ally defuse potentially dangerous situations. Conte recalled using a similar video feature while working for Flagler County Schools, located near Daytona Beach, Florida. “We had an incident where a kid brought what looked

like a hand grenade on the bus,” Conte said. “The police weren’t able to log into the video, but the driver saw it, pushed the panic button and relayed it back in.” Police met the bus at its next stop, and discovered the

student had a lighter designed to look like a grenade. “In the three districts I’ve been in, the sheriff’s depart-

ments have been very responsive and very quick when they hear it’s a bus incident, whether [students] got into a fight or a bus has an emergency or a bus is in trouble, we normally get a priority,” Conte added. With great footage also comes great responsibility.

Some specialists warn that unencrypted video footage can easily fall into the wrong hands amid the prevalence

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