Xerox Teams Up with Frederick County, Maryland to Equip School Buses with Traffic Cameras
Xerox CrossSafe Technology Records Drivers Illegally Passing School Buses
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- As students head back to school this fall, Frederick County, Md., is turning to Xerox (XRX) (NYSE: XRX) and its CrossSafeTM program to provide a new layer of safety for schoolchildren. Cameras will monitor children getting on and off of the buses and record drivers who pass illegally. Xerox will provide the technology and maintain the program under a five-year competitively bid contract.
Xerox's CrossSafeTM technology records video and captures real-time photos of drivers illegally passing stopped school buses. This image shows both a forward and rear view from a suspected violation in Frederick County Maryland. (Photo: Business Wire)
Xerox understands our sense of urgency to address this very serious concern to student safety, said Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins. Violators will now face serious penalties and be held accountable for their disregard for the safety of children traveling on buses. CrossSafe is a turnkey solution that will help make bus routes safer and ease the minds of parents.
Frederick County is the first county in Maryland to install enforcement systems on school buses. The county conducted a head-to-head pilot to evaluate the best available technologies and service providers. Xerox will provide the technology, software and process the violations. The Frederick County Sheriffs Office will review and verify all violations before they are issued. Xerox will install enforcement systems on 40 county school buses. Installation is expected to be complete by the end of the year.
The first priority for our bus drivers is the safety of our children, said Mac McLean, acting director of transportation, Frederick County Public Schools. We support Frederick Countys commitment, through this program, to the safety of our children.
The Maryland Department of Education conducted a survey in 2011, and found 7,000 cases of drivers illegally passing school buses in a single day. In Frederick County, violators who pass a school bus with its stop arm displayed can be fined up to $250, but will not have any points added to their license.
A national online survey* of 2,112 U.S. adults conducted for Xerox by Harris Interactive found that 66 percent of respondents support placing cameras on school buses to help ticket drivers for illegally passing while loading or unloading students. 77 percent of respondents agree school bus drivers are too busy focusing on student safety to record information for vehicles illegally passing a stopped school bus.
Without CrossSafe, school bus drivers must record violations manually a nearly impossible feat while trying to simultaneously prevent a student from stepping into the path of an offending driver, said Mark Talbot, group president, Americas Local Government, Xerox. CrossSafe allows bus drivers to focus on what matters most, the students safety.
Xerox is the worlds largest provider of transportation technology services, supporting governments in 30 countries. The company provides fare collection for bus and rail routes, processes more than a million public transport tickets daily and provides parking and toll solutions. Xerox enables its clients to address traffic safety and congestion challenges by deploying end-to-end services that advance the movement of goods, services and millions of people every day.
With sales approaching $23 billion, Xerox (NYSE: XRX) is the worlds leading enterprise for business process and document management. Its technology, expertise and services enable workplaces from small businesses to large global enterprises to simplify the way work gets done so they operate more effectively and focus more on what matters most: their real business. Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., Xerox offers business process outsourcing and IT outsourcing services, including data processing, healthcare solutions, HR benefits management, finance support, transportation solutions, and customer relationship management services for commercial and government organizations worldwide. The company also provides extensive leading-edge document technology, services, software and genuine Xerox supplies for graphic communication and office printing environments of any size. The 140,000 people of Xerox serve clients in more than 160 countries. For more information, visit http://www.xerox.com, http://news.xerox.com or http://www.realbusiness.com. For investor information, visit http://www.xerox.com/investor.
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*Source: Harris Interactive, School Bus Camera Sentiment Survey, http://news.xerox.com/pr/xerox/ACS-Xerox-survey-finds-public-supports-school-bus-cameras.aspx, 2011.
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