Quick and effective School Bus AVL, no matter your situation
TruFleet™ for School Transportation makes it easy to keep track of your buses, keep parents and schools informed, and keep children safe. If you are running a fleet of school buses, you are in charge of some very “precious cargo”. This adds significant emphasis on knowing where those buses are at any time, as well as understanding how the bus is being driven. Parents want to know where their child’s bus is too. If you can get that information, then why shouldn’t you be able to pass that information on to them … automatically?
Features and Benefits for Fleet Managers
Higher Resolution, lower cost AVL Tracking
Enable simple, precise tracking and monitoring of activity, speed, maintenance, mileage and more and at all times. No matter what network you use, LMR or LTE-M, TALLYMATICS lowers bandwidth requirements while delivering higher, audit friendly resolution using our patented Contrails compression algorithm. Contrails delivers 12x the geo-tracking resolution compared to uncompressed solutions
Network Flexibility – LMR and LTE-M
It’s not just about what you prefer, its a matter of what you have. You may have a good LMR network, but coverage might not be complete across an entire school district, and cellular is. Conversely, you may not have good cellular coverage, therefore you HAVE to deploy LMR. We work with both scenarios, and indeed you can have LMR based devices and cellular devices reporting to TruFleet simultaneously, therefore ensuring that no school bus is compromised on anywhere in your district. The best part is that local two-radio dealers are well equipped to manage both types of network solution, and therefore make great partners!
The Best AVL Interface, and Reports
Tallymatics has designed TruFleet with simplicity and ease of use in mind. TruFleet has the best User Interface, focusing on getting the job done as quickly as possible. On top of that, TruFleet comes with a library of appropriate reports that allow facilitate analysis, from scheduling maintenance to monitoring “Trips, Stops and Idles”. Multiple events and event combinations trigger alarms and notifications to management.
There are a lot of solutions out there, and they can be quite “heavy “and complex (which often adds to the cost) albeit with many useful bells and whistles. The downside is the effort it takes to roll out such a solution. The entry level Tallymatics solution is easy to get up and running, including extending functionality to providing parents with the most essential information they need: “where is my child’s bus?”.
Tallymatics’ in-vehicle devices are easy to install and manage. TW400’s can be activated and managed remotely via the cloud-based TallyManager, and the capability of the TW400’s built-in GNSS antenna and LTE-M transceivers make it particularly tolerant to installation placement. Vehicle connection and power is as simple as plugging into the On Board Diagnostic port. Parental tracking is simple: Each parent gets a unique login on the TruFleet website and can see the vehicles they have been given access to right in their browser (whether desktop or mobile). TruFleet autosizes nicely.
Capability Expansion – Third Party Integrations and more…
Tallymatics School Bus solution enables a rapid launch of a school bus tracking service with the minimal configuration: Straight AVL. But you may want more. You may want to enable OBD codes (J1979 or J1939). You may want to interface to a new software package that has been recommended by the wider jurisdiction (state, province or municipality) for fleet maintenance and driver management. No problem. The Tallymatics AVL platform is designed to be added to: in the vehicle with hardware such as emergency buttons, “No Child Left Behind systems”, etc.; and in the cloud via the TallyBroker Application Programming Interface (API), which makes information available to other software applications in an industry standard manner. You can move forward without waiting and be comfortable that there is a path forward for future capability you may want to add. And confidentially …. we have a lot of plans for the future!
Features and Benefits for Parents
- Easy to set up – The parent portal is browser based (PC, tablet, mobile) so there is no application to download. It resizes easily to the device being used
- Accounts are securely set up by the Educational institution
- Track assigned in realtime – each parent portal can be assigned the buses they need to track (and only those buses). As soon as the portal is opened, they quickly see the vehicles they need to see.
- Secure/private access – each portal account is secure and private