We make it easy
1 The first step is getting support on a local level. FXS offers a variety of videos and printed materials to help explain the many benefits of BusGuard to parents, administration and the community at-large.
2 An enabling ordinance is passed with all the local jurisdictions your school district serves. FXS and its legal team work with municipalities to draft and pass these ordinances.
3 Once the agreements are executed with the district, FXS handles the entire deployment process, including a detailed fleet assessment, customization, training, servicing, and monitoring.
Believing there was a significant need to improve student safety, Dallas County Schools (DBA Texserve)- the fourth largest Pupil Transportation Organization in the Country- crafted a pilot program in 2006 to track the stop arm violations on 10 of its buses. Their pilot and further research revealed there were 16,450 daily stop arm violations in the State of Texas (Texas Transportation Institute/Texas A&M University).
DCS began searching for a solution to this major safety problem, and in January 2009, issued an RFP for a student safety and transportation management system. By April, they had identified Force Multiplier Solutions as the vendor of choice for this program.
After a detailed fleet assessment, the final customized package for DCS’ fleet included 3 interior cameras and 8 exterior cameras, including a rear facing camera that is used to identify suspicious vehicles that may be following the school bus. The equipment also came standard with GPS, VOIP and real time viewing for the interior and exterior cameras.
In May 2012, Dallas passed an enabling ordinance with the help of FXS, and the initial deployment was complete within two months. As the new school year was beginning in August, the public relations efforts entered intensified using FXS’ template for community education and acceptance. Motorists were given warnings at first and finally the first stop arm citations were issued in October 2012.
The results speak for themselves. With over $8.1 million citations issued in the first year alone, DCS elected to become the exclusive license operator for the state of Texas in April 2014 – and most importantly – their safety goal has been met with a notable decrease in the number of violations since the student safety program began.
|Jan 2009||RFP issued for Student Safety Program|
|Apr 2009||BusGuard wins RFP and school board approval,
Planning process begins
|May 2012||Enabling ordinance passed in Dallas, TX|
|July 2012||Deployment completed on Dallas school buses|
|Aug 2012||Public Service Announcements begin airing|
|Sept 2012||DCS begins issuing warnings|
|Oct 2012||First stop arm citation is issued|
|Jun 2013||Over $8.1 mil in citations are issued|
|Jan 2014||Safety program expands with equipment
of over 1,700 from existing fleet
|Apr 2014||DCS elects to operate BusGuard system on its own|