School bus service contractors are responsible for getting students to and from school safely and soundly. Besides picking up and dropping off students at designated stops along the bus route, school bus operators are also responsible for inspecting their vehicles before each journey to ensure the safety of passengers, pedestrians, and other drivers on the road. For an operator of a large fleet of school buses, manually inspecting each bus used to be a time-consuming and labor-intensive affair. With the IoT-500 installed, however, monitoring sensors and cameras replace the work performed by human eyes, allowing critical data to be collected and transmitted to the cloud for remote management.
Regular pre-trip inspections are part of the safety and maintenance regime of any commercial vehicle. After all, timely detection of low or abnormal fluid levels, excessive brake wear, and malfunctioning emergency systems allows corrective measures to be taken or faulty parts to be replaced in order to ensure the vehicle is safe to operate. Previously, the school bus service contractor required two personnel to manually perform each pre-trip inspection: one technician to inspect and another person to fill out the safety checklists and paperwork for data records. This was not only costly in terms of time and labor costs, but also susceptible to human error in data collection and record-keeping.