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School bus security systems

When it comes to school bus safety, there’s a tendency to focus on features that provide physical safety – and understandably enough. However, security is also a major element in bus safety, and should not be overlooked. Fortunately, companies involved in school bus technology know this, and have been putting new solutions on the market that help improve awareness and oversight of a bus fleet.

The right technological investments can help you prevent unwanted guests on your bus, keep track of your buses and riders, and keep your fleet secure when it’s not in use. These are some of our favorites.

With over ten years in security camera installation, Security iCam will design the perfect security plan according to your needs. If you are looking for expert advice or a free evaluation, don’t hesitate to contact us. We have many happy clients in New York, New Jersey, or Long Island, and now you can be one of them.

Four Ways New School Bus Technology Can Improve Security

1. Video Cameras

In our view, if there is just one upgrade we could recommend every district implement to improve onboard security, it’s adding video cameras. The benefits of cameras far outweigh their minor drawbacks. It allows administrators to keep a closer eye on student behavior, as well as driver behavior. However, it also produces iron clad evidence if there is ever a dispute over what happened onboard a bus.

Ultimately, that’s security which every single person onboard a bus might benefit from, in the right situation.

2. Track your Busses

The other piece of school bus technology we feel is absolutely crucial is a GPS tracking system. Why allow your buses to drive around without knowing where they are? A GPS link, paired with mapping software at your office, allows you to precisely locate any bus, anywhere in your district, at any time.

And, of course, if the bus ever goes off-route or comes to an unexpected halt, you are notified of it almost immediately.

3. Student ID Cards

Giving students ID based cards is slightly more controversial, but it can still be a major boon to school bus security. With card-readers, you will know the exact ridership of your bus in the morning, before it even arrives at school. Or, if students decide to sneak off the bus, or get off on the wrong stop, you or your driver will be alerted to it before they have a chance to get very far.

4. Motion Sensors

Motion-detection systems continue to advance, and there are now systems which can detect any movement on a bus – no matter how minor! This can virtually eliminate the chances of a student being left behind or forgotten overnight. It can also be used as a security system to prevent any unauthorized people from boarding the bus in-between shifts.

School Bus Security Cameras Risks

  • Damages – Anytime you have a bus load of children you have the chance of having your surveillance cameras tampered with or damaged. Cameras that are installed externally are susceptible to damage by inclement weather, accidents, and simply normal wear-and-tear.
  • Reliance – Surveillance is a great tool for school buses, CCTV and security cameras cannot replace the awareness and vigilance of a good bus driver.

School Bus CCTV System Installation

Just because school buses all look the same and have the same orange-yellow color does not mean that every school bus will have the same security needs. There are many factors that should be considered when selecting and installing a CCTV system. Here are some questions you should consider when designing a school bus security camera system:

  • What is your most pressing security concern?
  • Would you like live video monitoring of the buses?
  • Do you want to monitor the buses with live GPS coordinates?
  • How many buses do you have in your fleet?
  • Do you typically have issues with student behavior on the bus or with other motorists?

School Bus Security Camera Installation Tips

  • Install security cameras inside the buses so you may monitor and record every seat within the camera’s field of view. Depending on the buses size and layout you may need several cameras to accomplish this.
  • Install cameras on the outside of the bus facing the driver’s view towards the road ahead and behind. You also have the option of installing a dashboard camera looking out from the inside to the road ahead or behind.
  • Consider using cameras to cover blind spots for the driver.
  • Install a small monitor next to or above the driver so they may monitor the children more closely.

Conclusion

It’s important to protect your little ones and Security iCam can do that. We have over ten years of experience in installing security systems in every place possible. Our systems will give parents a piece of mind but also protect childrens, drivers or your buss from vandalism. We operate in New York, New Jersey and Long Island. Help deterring crime and make your community safer. 

Don’t hesitate to contact us regarding School Bus Security Systems

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