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Zonar and NAPT Announce Winner of $50,000 Grant


Zonar and the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) award $50,000 hardware technology grant to Transportation Joint Agreement (TJA) operating at Crystal Lake School Districts 47 & 155 in Crystal Lake, IL to improve student safety and fleet efficiency.

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) November 01, 2012

Zonar and the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) are pleased to announce Transportation Joint Agreement (TJA) operating at Crystal Lake School Districts 47 & 155 in Crystal Lake, IL as the winner of a $50,000 hardware grant to the improve safety and efficiency in pupil transportation.

Dedicated to providing safe and secure transportation for students, Zonar and NAPT sponsor grants providing school districts the opportunity to equip their operations with state-of-the-art, Zonar fleet management hardware. The $50,000 grant will outfit school buses with a combination of Zonar's patented and highly acclaimed Electronic Vehicle Inspection Report (EVIR®), V3 telematics platform and ZPass™. Vehicle inspections, child checks, and security sweeps are better managed, performed, and verified through a web-based portal helping schools improve accuracy while eliminating the need for paper.

“One of the goals of TJA is to decrease the cost of fuel. We plan to accomplish this by monitoring idle times and finding ways to make routes more efficient with Zonar's solutions,” said Penny Fleming, Assistant Director of Transportation at TJA. “Zonar will also enable us to track driver speed, heavy braking, fast take offs and route deviations. Currently when a complaint is received about a driver, management will follow up with a consultation, observation of the driver by following the bus, the use of a radar gun, and a number of other time consuming investigative measures. With Zonar, TJA management can take immediate action rather than waiting for an event that potentially could have adverse effects.”

In addition to GPS-based solutions, TJA will utilize Zonar's ZPass to track students as they enter and exit each bus. “Having ZPass will ensure that only registered riders board the bus. The ease in answering concerned parents as to the whereabouts of their children with just the click of a button is truly comforting,” said Fleming.

While ZPass increases the safety of bus riding students, EVIR will increase the safety of the bus itself. EVIR replaces the paper-based pre- and post-trip vehicle inspection process with an electronic-based process using RFID tags and portable handheld devices. “The old method relies solely on the thoroughness of the driver and leaves room for error and neglect. Zonar's EVIR system will permit drivers and the mechanical staff to better perform their duties in a proactive rather than reactive manner,” continued Fleming. “Management can simply log in to the program to conduct pre-trip spot checks, rather than investing the time to put notes on parts of the vehicle to ensure that proper pre-trips are being performed or watching drivers from a distance.”

“We are very proud to once again work with NAPT in sponsoring this grant and to provide TJA with the tools and information they need to save real dollars and ensure the health of safety of their buses,” said Chris Oliver, Zonar's Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

TJA was presented the award at the 2012 Annual NAPT Summit in Cincinnati, OH on October 24, 2012.

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