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High-Tech Treks. Global Positioning System at Livingston ESA Transportation. You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do. Henry Ford. Global Positioning System. The Livingston ESA Transportation Department Why a GPS system? System Features System Cost Implementation Strategy

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high tech treks

High-Tech Treks

Global Positioning System

at Livingston ESA Transportation

global positioning system
Global Positioning System
  • The Livingston ESA Transportation Department
  • Why a GPS system?
  • System Features
  • System Cost
  • Implementation Strategy
  • Future Enhancements

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livingston esa transportation
Livingston ESA Transportation
  • Key Statistics:
    • 3 Full Time Office Staff
    • 3 Mechanics
    • 50 buses (4 lift-equipped spares, 2 Head Start spares)
    • 44 drivers and 39 assistants
    • 900,000+ miles driven per year
    • 44 regular routes
    • 200+ extra runs and field trips driven per year

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why a gps system in summary
Why a GPS System?…in summary
  • Improve Safety
    • 911 availability on all buses
    • Electronic management of fleet speeds and stop locations
  • Improve management and tracking of fleet operations
    • Real-time knowledge of entire fleet whereabouts
    • Analysis of route efficiency and reported time
    • Reduced claims of discriminatory management practices
  • Improve communication
    • Parents and staff will soon be able to see bus locations
    • Routers can minimize radio time
  • Improve administrative efficiency
    • Capture information electronically vs. manually

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why a gps system more on safety
Why a GPS System?…more on safety
  • In an emergency the exact position of a bus can be relayed to first responders, reducing response time
  • During inclement weather, drivers can be given specific warnings and advisories
  • Lost buses can easily be guided back on route
  • Buses can be guided around major accidents or police situations
  • In the event a bus breaks down, other buses can quickly and efficiently be routed to remove any remaining students and transport them to their destination

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why a gps system more on management
Why a GPS System?…more on management
  • By using the history function, management can monitor the path traveled by each bus which in turn allows for a review of the run to verify that the actual route traveled is not only safe and appropriate, but matches the designed route
  • The system allows for monitoring of employee compliance with procedures such as railroad crossings, stop times, layover location and times
  • By having actual confirmation of when a route ends, a comparison of hours claimed on timesheets may be made
  • Actual speeds traveled can be measured against not only legal limits, but also against minimum speed expectations to identify instances where drivers slow down excessively to claim more time

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digital map display
Digital Map Display
  • The system uses Microsoft Map Point as its map data and display system.
  • Anyone familiar with Microsoft Streets and Trips would immediately recognize this map, as well as most of the system controls.

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gps features history tracking
GPS FeaturesHistory Tracking
  • The system can display the entire route a vehicle has traveled within a definable time-line.
  • The server stores one year of data per vehicle.

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gps features current position
GPS FeaturesCurrent Position
  • Position Identifiers:
        • Indicates a vehicle in motion with the arrow pointing in the direction of travel
        • Indicates a stopped vehicle
        • Indicates a cell tower connection (when satellite links are not available)
  • Additional information about the vehicle is available by clicking on any position identifier

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gps features current speed
GPS FeaturesCurrent Speed

The information box provides the user with the current unit speed, as well as direction, data source, time, and nearest geocoded address.

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system cost so far
System Cost…so far
  • About $750 for 51 Nextel Phones
  • About $2,000 for 51 Housing Brackets & Wiring Harnesses
  • About $2,500 for a new Network Server
  • About $400 per month in net recurring service costs (after SE reimbursement)

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implementation strategy
Implementation Strategy
  • Initial meeting with Sprint/Nextel on June 26, 2006
  • Obtain Superintendent Support
  • Inform Board of Education
  • Order units
  • Installation by Agency Mechanics and I/T staff
  • Employee briefings
  • Press Releases
  • System up and running for the start of school!

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future enhancements
Future Enhancements
  • Addition of bar-code scanning units to track student utilization of transportation services
    • This is a major enhancement to administrative efficiency due to the elimination of daily attendance sheets that take the equivalent of four months for one staff person to process
    • Allows for “real-time” tracking of students
  • Implementation of web-based access for parents to see when the bus is near arrival

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