K-12 schools all over the world face a myriad of threats, from both inside and outside the campus walls. Because of this, it’s become commonplace to outfit school campuses with security cameras. But more technology is moving towards a cloud-based format. This creates a unique opportunity to also outfit school bus fleets with cloud-based dash cameras for safety.
A huge issues for U.S. schools is gun violence. Since there is no universally accepted database with school gun violence occurrences, last year CNN built their own. It examines 10 years’ worth of shootings on K-12 campuses. And found that at least 180 schools in the U.S. have experienced an instance of gun violence since 2009. The increase in cloud-based physical security systems in schools is in answer to this. But fully maximizing protection is important. So schools should also consider using dash cameras and GPS on school bus fleets to round out their security efforts.
School Safety Technologies
School shootings have decreased in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But that does not mean the problem has gone away. I’ve previously explored this issue in another blog post. I proposed a solution to this problem using our cloud-based, AI powered security cameras to anticipate threats and cut down on emergency response time.
But Monarch has growing arsenal of machine learning security products. So we can take things a step further to make sure the ENTIRE campus is secured. Every product we offer can be monitored from any browser or device.
Using Dash Cameras for Safety
If you think about it, the school day does not necessarily start once a child steps onto the campus. For many kids, they take the school bus to and from school, so there is a good 30-60+ minutes a day, depending on where you live, where children are in transit and technically in the care of the school. So if something out of the ordinary happens on or to a school bus while it’s en route, it’s in the school’s best interest to be abreast of the situation and proactively ahead of it to ensure the utmost care and safety for the school children.
Although accidents on or around school buses are not as common as gun violence at schools, of the people injured in school bus-related crashes from 2008 to 2018, about 36% were school bus passengers, 8% were school bus drivers, and 51% were occupants of other vehicles. Having video evidence of a vehicle incident can help protect innocent parties from legal repercussions. It can also provide justice and peace of mind for families as well.
AI-Designed Dash Cameras for Schools
An intelligent dash camera manufactured for truck driving fleets can now be used to secure school bus fleets as well. Samsara’s dash cameras use dual-facing lenses, AI technology, g-force accelerometer data, and smart audio alerts to target 4 main pain points for truck and bus drivers:
Audio alerts remind drivers to focus on the road if and when they become distracted.
AI technology and computer vision detect and proactively coach drivers when they follow vehicles too closely.
Advanced computer vision detects when a vehicle doesn’t come to a complete stop.
Harsh braking, acceleration, turning, and collisions are automatically detected.
Granted, the circumstances between long-distance truck driving and school bus routes are very different, but Samsara dash cameras can still easily benefit school bus fleets, specifically in gaining visibility into critical events. Using video evidence to defend innocent drivers against false claims prevents costly legal battles and unnecessary payouts, and can also garner justice if an injury or death of a child occurs. The install for a Samsara dash cam takes only minutes, with simple mounting and no complex electrical wiring or IT configuration, allowing for immediate use and results.
Another tactic to use for school bus fleet security is Samsara’s GPS tracking, which also comes with numerous other fleet optimization capabilities like:
Leveraging weather and traffic data to guide drivers accordingly
Monitoring fuel levels and idle times with insightful reporting
Diagnostic alerting with preventative reminders to avoid breakdowns
With real-time GPS fleet tracking and a helicopter view of the moving vehicles, you can track arrivals and delays down to the second. This is helpful in the event of a missing or delayed school bus, and keeps both school administrators and parents in the loop of any abnormalities on the school bus route, providing peace of mind for everyone.
I wrote before about “Connected Schools” and the various AI-powered solutions that form a secure and reliable defense around the whole campus. Why not take security a step further by outfitting school bus fleets with the same type of technology? The cost of implementing preventative measures almost always outweighs the cost of what could happen if such defenses were not in place.