We have spent over twenty years developing, enhancing, and customizing our own transportation computer system. Previous manual processes and record keeping are now completely automated. Most programming is completed in-house by our technical staff, as well as the President of the Company. Our computer system records all data from parts usage to payroll hours in a concise and clear method that simplifies reporting to all levels of management. Since we write many of our own programs, we can customize reports on a day's notice.
We have recently upgraded our information technology infrastructure to improve the speed of our real time server connection between facilities and allow us to take advantage of the latest technology including Call One™, which in turn improves service and saves our districts money. This technology enables us to send instantaneous phone messages, texts and emails to our employees in mass quantities. Mechanics use touch screen technology to access vehicle history files and bar coding to identify parts inventory. We also use Internet purchasing, online banking and document scanning. We have learned how to maximize the routing and mapping software that our customers use. This enables us to assist in computer routing and design creative solutions to save our customers money. Mapping software and GPS database analysis both play a critical role in confirming trip length, passenger loads, and school times in order to help districts maximize their resources. As a result, our customers have peace of mind knowing that they are provided with efficient, tiered schematics and shared services.
This school year we implemented iPad™ connectivity to our road supervisors to further improve communication. Student and routing information are now at our finger- tips. This technology has proved to be very meaningful when responding to accidents, recording driver observations as well as in situations involving bus incidents. The road supervisors have an automatic link to district routing software such as Edulog and Transfinder.
We rolled out an Internet-based employee portal last January. This portal will give each employee a direct line of communication to view all safety newsletters, enter safety action cards, sign up for upcoming mandatory safety classes, access school calendars and much more. Employees can also view all their State and Federal government requirements so they can ensure prompt compliance with these regulations.
Our Operations Support team is consistently dedicating time to analysis of data to ensure that all routes are efficient and districts are getting the most of their cost savings. We have written computer software, which connects directly from our in-house routing system to Microsoft MapPoint which enables us to time all routes effectively. Our GPS system can also connect to MapPoint to help with van efficiencies and will assist our districts in large bus routing and mileage sensitivity analysis.
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