Location Solutions signs strategic distributor partnerships with Zonar Systems and Edulog at ‘School Transportation Conference 2013’ May 21, 2013

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Location Solutions signs strategic distributor partnerships with Zonar Systems and Edulog at ‘School Transportation Conference 2013’ May 21, 2013

Location Solutions, a premier fast growing telematics service provider specializing in asset tracking, M2M, and remote sensing technologies, has signed strategic distributor partnership agreements with Zonar Systems, an electronic fleet management solutions vendor and Edulog, a leading provider of fully integrated school transportation management systems, during the recently concluded ‘School Transportation Conference and Exhibition 2013,’ an exclusive event dedicated to the safe and efficient transportation of school students, which ran from April 21 to April 23, 2013, at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). The conference was held under the patronage of His Highness (HH) Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of the Executive Council and was opened by HH Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority. The company’s participation fell in line with its efforts to seek out potential business opportunities at the conference while at the same time increase awareness of the key products and solutions that they offer.

According to recent reports, the UAE is currently planning to adopt initiatives and solutions directed towards achieving sustainable transportation and promote road safety. In line with this, Location Solutions showcased Zonar’s Pupil Transportation Solution, Edulog’s student transportation management solutions and its very own range of asset tracking solutions during the exciting three-day event. The participation complements the company’s move to reach out to key target markets that include school transport service providers; schools and universities that own and operate their own buses; local government authorities; fleet owners and their respective managers or transport supervisors.

“The UAE is one of our major markets in the GCC region as both it’s public and private sectors are always eager to adopt new technologies and solutions that can help improve their operations and services,” said Gressy Abdelnour, Business Development Manager, Location Solutions. “The signing of distributor partnership agreements with Zonar Systems and Edulog proves to be both timely and strategic–showcasing our continued commitment towards promoting safe school transport for our children and also providing a high-quality tracking and monitoring system that fleet owners, managers, and school administrators can rely on.”

The Zonar Pupil Transportation solution is an asset tracking solution and student identification system that allows users to monitor the location of any school bus in real-time using the internet via an interactive user interface. The solution also allows the bus fleet supervisor to know which students boarded, where they boarded and what time did they get on and get off the bus and to generate various bus attendance reports. In addition, parents can also download an application on their smartphone that enables them to track their children during transport. When used with Edulog’s school bus route planning and scheduling system, fleet managers will have the ability to optimize fleet utilization, resources, and to allocate buses accordingly.

“Zonar has been supplying the US school transportation market with intelligent and proven electronic solutions that assist fleet owners in doing their job at its best,” said Dan Matts, Director of Channel Development, Zonar Systems. “Since child safety is our first priority, we developed the Zpass and Zpass+ to report the child’s boarding info on and out of the bus in real-time to both administrators and parents and our patented EVIR (Electronic Vehicle Inspection Report) is used to streamline the vehicle safety check-up both pre and post-trip. We’ve seen that this region of the world is very much interested in adopting and implementing regulations, procedures, and solutions to help transport children safely, and that’s why we decided to be present in this strategic exhibition and to mutually work with Location Solutions in building the market here.”

“Edulog is very specific in nature–our routing/scheduling software is designed from the ground up to be utilized by the world’s largest school systems that transport students on school buses. Our client base includes more than 1,200 school systems covering key areas like New York City, Miami, Chicago, Toronto, Ottawa, and Paris. Our solution is specific to school buses and we stay true to what we know best; to transport children safely, efficiently and on-time,” said Jason Corbally, President, Edulog. “Edulog and Zonar, in tandem, has become the industry standard in the U.S. and Canada. The best operational driven company (Zonar) provides GPS, student tracking, vehicle inspection, engine diagnostics and other data elements coupled with Edulog’s more than 35 years of history in computerized software for routing children effectively has proven to be the Industry’s proven decision. Edulog uses data delivered by Zonar to allow children, parents, schools, and transportation departments to know buses running late/early, deviating from planned path, missed and unscheduled stops and students, along with driver deviation.”

Location Solutions supplies telematics solutions that work on GPS/GSM technology– allowing important data and information about the monitored asset to be sent online to the fleet owner. Information gathered includes location, status of the vehicle, trips and stops, and lists of abuses (over speeding, idling, working outside the allowed schedule). The company also offers specialized solutions designed for other industries like construction and contracting, general transport, oil & gas, car lease, and rental companies and for the facility management segment.

“The UAE’s transportation market is mature and is also growing rapidly. However, this growth is accompanied with the demand for more smart solutions that can help cut costs, increase road safety, and also add value to the user. Being part of this conference allowed us the opportunity to leverage our wide range of transportation telematics services across various industry verticals, particularly local schools and universities,” concluded Abdelnour.