CalAmp honored for school bus contact tracing solution

CalAmp, a global technology solutions pioneer transforming the mobile connected economy, announced today that its Bus Guardian school bus contact tracing solution has received the 2020 IoT Excellence Award presented by TMC and Crossfire Media.

Bus Guardian, developed by CalAmp subsidiary Synovia Solutions, is a powerful combination of CalAmp’s hardware, software and telematics technology that delivers contact tracing, driver wellness checks and hygiene verification to help schools more intelligently, and safely, manage the student transportation challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bus Guardian contact tracing solution allows school administrators to create instant reports around each student’s bus ridership history. These reports distinguish who rode a bus during the same time as potentially infected students as well as those who rode the same bus at different times. This information is critical in common situations where a bus serves different routes during different time periods of the same day.

Bus Guardian is trusted by more than 200 school districts across the country.

“Safety and peace of mind have always been at the heart of our technology and it’s gratifying to know we were able to creatively evolve during this pandemic to deliver a new kind of safety solution for our customers,” stated Jeff Gardner, CEO at CalAmp. “We are a leader in school bus safety technology and will continue to innovate our software, hardware and support to deliver solutions that keep students, drivers and communities safe and deliver peace of mind to parents.”

The 2020 IoT  Excellence Award honors innovative products that support the availability of information being deduced, inferred and directly gathered from sensors, systems and anything else that is supporting better business and personal decisions.

The iconic yellow school bus is the nation’s most widely used form of public transit with approximately 25 million daily riders prior to the pandemic. Synovia’s GPS-powered fleet tracking technology is equipped on more than 100,000 of the roughly 500,000 school buses in the United States.

“It is my pleasure to recognize Bus Guardian with an IoT Excellence Award for its excellence in innovation,” said Carl Ford, CEO & Community Developer, Crossfire Media. “As a leader in this rapidly evolving industry, I look forward to seeing CalAmp’s future successes.”

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