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Partner Spotlight: Navman Relies on M2M to Ensure Students Make it to School Safely

Posted by Norman Miglietta on 05/29/2013
 

Every school system relies on buses to transport students to and from school safely. Even more importantly, every parent puts their trust in a school bus driver to do his or her very best to keep their child safe every day. The parents and teachers of more than 1,500 special needs students in New Hampshire can thank Navman Wireless for making sure that each bus arrives at school safely and efficiently. Powered by the KORE network, Navman deployed a GPS-based machine-to-machine (M2M) solution to help reduce fuel usage and operating costs, while also improving fleet productivity and enhancing customer service. 

The M2M solution used by Navman included a Navman real-time vehicle tracking and reporting platform, a vehicle-mounted satellite tracking device, and additional in-vehicle hardware – all of which operated on the KORE network to provide reliable and cost-effective connectivity.

By giving dispatchers the ability to send instructions to the driver with the click of a button, the Navman M2M solution reduced the time required to route the right bus to the location by 50 percent. In addition, the school district reported $400,000 in annual savings by reducing driver overtime and ending billable hours disputes. More generally, the solution improved on-time performance, allowed for rapid-response in breakdown situations and increased child safety by monitoring driving speeds and addressing concerns with drivers.

Now, the parents and teachers in New Hampshire have nothing to worry about when it comes to getting their students to school. And we have another example of the multiple benefits of M2M, from cost and efficiency savings to safety improvements. Is there anything M2M can’t do?

By Thomas Mooney, Regional Sales Manager

With over 8 years of experience in the wireless industry specializing in wireless data applications and solutions, Tom joined KORE 3 years ago.  Tom’s main focus at KORE is in helping application service providers bring their M2M solutions to life using KORE network services.   His expertise in the M2M industry stems from his time at CrossBridge Solutions where he was Director of Business Development.