For Immediate Release: June 6th, 2013
Albany, NY - The National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) and technology innovator Zonar Systems today announced the 2013 grant for $50,000 in the latest school bus security/safety/efficiency equipment. The award will go to the school districts that submit the best proposals for utilizing Zonar’s widely acclaimed Electronic Fleet Management Solutions, including their Electronic Vehicle Inspection Reporting (EVIR®) system.
NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin said, “This is a tremendous opportunity for one of our members to acquire what in our industry already is recognized as equipment with a track record of saving dollars and much more by improving safety, security and overall efficiency of school bus operations.”
Martin explained that Zonar’s patented EVIR system is sought-after equipment for school bus and other fleets that demand reliability and efficiency through better management of pre- and post-trip, security and maintenance inspections that are a routine part of daily school bus operations. Integrated with Zonar’s cutting edge Global Positioning System (GPS) and cellular technologies, it gives pupil transportation service providers the vital ability to “inspect, track and know” almost instantly, and eliminates paperwork burdens.
In addition to enhancing inspections and maintenance, among the system’s many applications are idling and speed monitoring, and routing and time management efficiencies, as well as tracking students as they board and disembark the school bus. “The bottom line is that with this equipment you will have at your fingertips everything you need to know about every bus in your fleet,” Martin added.
“NAPT applauds Zonar for its many contributions to the school bus industry, and for this generous grant opportunity. It couldn’t come at a better time, as every school district is facing tight budgets that demand more efficiency and cost savings. One of our members will soon have equipment free of charge that provides a tremendous management advantage,” Martin said.
The NAPT Board of Directors will appoint an evaluation team to review applications and select the grant award winner. Applicants must be NAPT members in the U.S. that are not currently using such equipment. Non-members of NAPT may join the association for just $100 and become eligible instantly to submit an application.
The winning school districts will be announced in October at the NAPT Conference in Grand Rapids, MI. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on September 13, 2013. Details on the requirements and application process are at www.napt.org or through your Zonar Account Manager at email@example.com. For information about Zonar products and services visit www.zonarsystems.com.