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Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find the answers to many questions that are frequently asked about our school district transportation and planning software solutions.

FAQ's are currently available for:

Versatrans Routing & Planning - the most flexible and easy-to use routing and planning system
Versatrans e-Link - our web-based product that allows access to transportation data on the Internet
Versatrans Fleetvision - our intuitive fleet management software that provides confident fleet decision making
Tyler Telematic GPS - Finding the value in GPS technology.


 

Routing & Planning

General

Q. How long has Versatrans been in business?
A. Founded in 1965, VersaTrans Solutions Incorporated began developing software in 1980 as a part of a successful transportation feasibility study, for the State of New York. We have had clients using our routing software since January of 1984.

Q. What is Versatrans Routing & Planning's current market position?
A. Versatrans is the unquestioned leader in service and support. Versatrans Routing & Planning has the largest installed and active client base in the industry.

Q. All software systems appear to have similar features. How can I differentiate among them?
A. There is a very old song that sums it up: "It ain't what you do; it's the way that you do it." Many routing and planning systems claim to do the very same things. Routing & Planning users report that our product consistently does them easier, faster, with fewer steps and less to remember as compared to other routing and scheduling software. At the end of the day, it isn't even the features of the software, but the people behind the software that Routing & Planning users have come to depend upon. Ask our clients. They can tell you. They know the value of Routing & Planning, and they wouldn't go to work without it.

Q. Can multiple people be working on the same student, or the map, or routes for schools?
A. Yes. Routing & Planning helps you keep going. We understand that many people have to do a lot of different things all at once. Multiple people can edit the map at the same time (but not the same street). They can work with the same student (but not the same field). They can work with the routes for the same school (but not the very same route). The only restrictions are the logical ones that make sure that no one steps on someone else's toes accidentally (figuratively, of course).

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Technical

Q. What kind of computer and network will I need?
A. In today's fast-paced world, the faster the computer, the better. However, Routing & Planning runs on the typical computer with Windows® 2000 or higher. It runs on a Windows 2000/2003 Server. If you are going to connect remote locations to your server, there should be a high-speed connection between the locations.

Q. What database does Versatrans Routing & Planning use?
A. Routing & Planning uses Microsoft® SQL Server. For the typical installation of five simultaneous users or less, Routing 7 Planning can be installed with the Microsoft Database Engine (MSDE) which is a version of the larger Microsoft SQL Server. Districts with more than five simultaneous users will require the full version of Microsoft SQL Server.

Q. Where can I get more information on Versatrans System Requirements?
A. Click here for the Versatrans System Requirements brochure.

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Implementation and Training

Q. How hard is it to get Versatrans Routing & Planning installed?
A. Versatrans' implementation staff does the "heavy lifting" for you. There is information about your schools that you know and we don't, so there are some things you need to tell us. Most of those you can fill in on-line. Versatrans takes the information and makes sure that it is in the software and ready to go. We deliver a functioning system and keep your workload for implementation to a minimum.

Q. What kind of training will we get?
A. Versatrans has worked for years to hone the training process. We have learned that there are some kinds of learning that you can do over the Internet to save money. However, we have also learned that in many cases there is no substitute for individual, in-person, hands-on training. Versatrans combines the methods to give you the best of both worlds.

Q. Can I get more training later?
A. Yes. Versatrans offers both on-line and in-person training as requested. Some districts even include training time in the annual budget so they can stay on top of new features.

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Customer Support and Service

Q. Do I get a person when I call?
A. Usually. From June through August there are many more calls and you might wait for a response. Your call is logged and is returned as quickly as possible. Regular support hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 7pm EST. In addition, there are support hours on Saturdays in August. No one works harder to make sure that you can get your work done.

Q. What if I really need to show someone what my problem is?
A. Often, showing is better than telling. That is why Versatrans uses GoToAssist, which is an Internet based method that allows our support personnel to actually take control of your system. You can show them the problem, they can fix it while you watch. There is no extra charge for this GoToAssist service. We do it because it is the best. For those who understand issues of Internet security, GoToAssist is a safer link through your firewall than other services such as PCAnywhere.

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Managing Transportation with Software

Q. I don't know computers very well. How will I know if everything is working well?
A. Long before a phone call will tell you, Routing & Planning's unique "Versatrans Routing & Planning Today" screen gives the opportunity to see the "health" of the system. That screen can show you the smoke so you can make sure to put the fire out. What's best is that you don't have to ask for the information. The system finds what you need and presents the information to you proactively.

Q. Can the system help if we have an incident with a bus on the road?
A. Routing & Planning has a function that can give you all of the students who should be on the bus at any selected location along the route. The printout contains any information that a state trooper might need about those students. It can also give you a list of students not yet on the bus so that those parents might be called about alternate transportation that may be arranged.

Q. Can I do "what if" scenarios?
A. Yes. Routing & Planning is designed to make it easy to create "what if" scenarios. You may have any number of them. Some of the "what if" scenarios might be those that will become the running routes, such as Summer School or the next year's routes. All of these are easily stored within the system. You don't have to move to separate databases to use them. Routing & Planning even allows you to attach dollars to routes. You can compare the costs of different scenarios.

Q. Can I get student's home to school distances?
A. Yes. Routing & Planning automatically calculates the home to school distance by the shortest path over the roads.

Q. Can I find students who are on the bus too long?
A. Yes. Routing & Planning can report on how long any given student has been on the bus. A report can be created to look for, for example, all students who ride more than 60 minutes.

Q. Can Routing & Planning handle different stops on different days, such as two babysitters?
A. Yes. Routing & Planning makes it easy to store and use different stops on different days, for whatever the reason. Similarly, if a student attends a different school on a different day, that is handled just as easily.

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Maintenance

Q. Does Routing & Planning require frequent, time-consuming re-indexing, synchronization, or other maintenance procedures?
A. No. Routing & Planning is designed to be virtually self-maintaining. You do not need to stop working and wait while the software performs some maintenance routine. Routing & Planning keeps you working.

Q. Does Routing & Planning ever lock users out of the system when a function is being run?
A. No. Routing & Planning is designed to keep moving, even when it is updating its files. You can make map changes on the fly and everyone keeps working even though the map has changed.

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Data Input

Q. Can Routing & Planning receive downloads from our student information system?
A. Yes. Routing & Planning accepts ASCII downloads in comma separated, tab-delimited, or fixed-field formats. The tools to perform these tasks are the easiest to use but most powerful in the industry.

Q. What is SIF and why is it important to me?
A. SIF stands for Schools Interoperability Framework (see www.sifinfo.org for more information). It is a cooperative initiative among a large number of software companies who work with schools to create a system of data sharing that improves communication among all of the various types of software that may exist in a school district. For transportation, for instance, if a new student were entered in the student information system, that student and all relevant data would be immediately passed to Routing & Planning. When VersaTrans RP made a change to routing information, it is sent immediately to the school information system. This happens automatically and without any user assistance.

Q. What is the difference between SIF Certified and SIF compliant?
A. SIF Certified is the designation awarded by the SIFA organization that signifies that software so certified meets the requirements to work with all other SIF Certified software. It is your guarantee that you are getting what you are paying for. On the other hand, there is no official SIF compliance. That is a term that was invented to cover the case where a piece of software has built a SIF agent but has not gone through the official process of having it Certified. Only SIF Certified software is assured of working with other SIF Certified software, which is the reason you want SIF in the first place.

Q. Is Routing & Planning compatible with other software products we use, such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel?
A. Yes. Routing & Planning can save documents and data into Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel formats. It is also Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) software.

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GIS/Mapping

Q. What is a "true GIS" and how do I make sure that the routing and planning software that I buy has it?
A. The term "GIS" stands for Geographic Information System and is applied to any digital map-based system. Any electronic map that can accurately reflect a real-world road network is a "true GIS." Routing & Planning stores its true GIS data in a proprietary format, but it is capable of importing (and updating with) external maps generated by other software such as MapInfo and ESRI (ArcInfo). In fact, the Routing & Planning map update function is capable of some important features that programs based directly on MapInfo and ESRI cannot do! You not only don't lose anything with Routing & Planning, you gain important update capabilities unavailable in other routing and planning software.

Q. Can I use my county's electronic map?
A. Absolutely.

Q. Can I let the county make the road changes and just update my map with theirs?
A. Yes. The Routing & Planning source map update feature allows you to retain all of the customization you have put in to your routing map and add only those changes that you need or want. Other software advertising "replaceable" maps do just that, and you lose everything you worked hard to customize.

Q. My county map has speeds and one-way streets. Do I still need map preparation?
A. All maps require some work to make them ready for school bus routing or redistricting studies. Sometimes the speeds must be adjusted for the travel times of yellow buses rather than the speed limits. Sometimes there are rules for how you want your buses to use the roads that are different from the legal definition. Sometimes there are roads on which a bus simply cannot travel. Versatrans will assist you in making the electronic map adapt to your needs rather than require you to take it as it is.

Q. Can I see waterways and railroad tracks on my map?
A. Yes. Some electronic map sources include such features and some do not. Even with those that do not, they may be added later.

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Routing

Q. How much control do I have over the routes Versatrans Routing & Planning builds?
A. You always have complete control. While Routing & Planning has a method for automatically creating routes, it has a complete set of tools for manually building and maintaining routes. Routing & Planning routing is designed to get you from problem to solution in the easiest way and shortest time. No other routing system lets you build accurate routes as easily and quickly.

Q. Can I see whether or not students will cross the street to get to the bus?
A. Yes. As a router builds or edit routes, there is a very clear indication of how the students approached a bus stop. The route always knows which students will be picked up door-side or which will cross the street. In addition to the router, this information can be printed on the Driver Directions so that the drivers are also aware of those who must cross a street.

Q. Can I restrict certain students to right-side pickups?
A. Yes. A simple designation can make sure that anyone with a stop on a certain street must be picked up door-side. Additionally, the system can tag types of students (such as Special Needs) who receive a curb-to-curb and right-side stop automatically, regardless of where they live.

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Planning

Q. Can I quickly count students in an area?
A. Yes. Routing & Planning can search for any set of students and count them within an existing or ad hoc boundary.

Q. Can I use Routing & Planning to create a redistricting plan?
A. Yes. Routing & Planning has tools to model virtually any redistricting/boundary problem. It handles changes in boundaries assigned to schools, opening or closing schools, or even redefining the grades that will attend the schools.

Q. Does Routing & Planning do any forecasting of future student populations?
A. Yes. Routing & Planning contains different methods of forecasting student populations based on current populations. It can even forecast populations from subdivisions that have not yet been built.

Q. Can I see student locations that are color coded for special information, such as GPA?
A. Yes. Routing & Planning displays student locations and can color code (and count) according to whatever variables you select from the student file. The flexibility of custom fields means that you have virtually unlimited fields into which to place information. If you can associate the data with the student, Routing & Planning can display, color code and count it.

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Reports

Q. Can Versatrans produce customized reports?
A. Yes. Routing & Planning contains a complete report writer. There are built-in wizards to help set them up.

Q. Can Routing & Planning generate right/left turns for our drivers?
A. Yes. Versatrans has worked hard on our driver directions to make them flexible as well as accurate. You have your choice between stop locations only or full left-right turn directions. The software even uses "sharp right" and other designations to give more complete instructions.

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Pricing

Q. Are annual support fees required if I want to keep my software?
A. No. Versatrans offers a permanent license for you to use the most current version you have. By not requiring you to pay annual licensing fees, you have virtual guarantee that we will continue to improve the software and provide excellent service. Our clients pay the annual fee not because they have to, but because of the value they get from it.

Q. Does Routing & Planning have a base price and then additional prices for modules?
A. No. Routing & Planning does not come with multiple modules that can confuse the pricing. You get a full system with everything you need for the one quoted price. Of course there are other programs for other functions, but when it is a part of VersaTrans RP, it is yours. When new features and functions are added to Routing & Planning, you receive them as your update under the annual extended support agreement.

Q. How do I know what modules I need?
A. That is the beauty of Routing & Planning, you don't need to wonder. It is all there. What if you don't need a certain function or feature? You haven't paid extra for it, so there is no harm in not using it. However, as things change you may find that you need it next year. When you need it, it will be there, and you won't have to buy it.

Q. Do I have to pay extra when I add a new user?
A. No. Routing & Planning is not licensed by the user. It is licensed to the district.

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e-Link

Security

Q. How secure is the data in e-Link
A. All information in e-Link is securely password protected. In addition, authorized users are granted access only to data relevant to their status and needs.

Q. Is e-Link a tool for schools or for parents?
A. Both. e-Link may be configured for use within your districts intranet, or opened up for parents to look up their child's transportation information via the Internet. Either way you decide to setup e-Link, the data remains secure.

Q. Can I limit school administrator's access to only their school?
A. Yes. Security can be configured such that a user will only see students and routes associated with a specified school by default, thus eliminating the need for a user to create filters or queries.

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Maintenance

Q. Does e-Link require frequent, time-consuming re-indexing, synchronization, or other maintenance procedures to stay current with the data in Routing & Planning?
A. No. e-Link is designed to be virtually self-maintaining. You do not need to stop working and wait while the software performs some maintenance routine. e-Link keeps you working.

Q. Does e-Link ever lock users out of the system when a function is being run?
A. No. e-Link is designed to keep moving, even when someone in Routing & Planning is making changes in the data.

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Data Input

Q. Can e-Link be used to do more than look-ups?
A. Yes. e-Link security can be configured such that certain users are "Read Only" while others have data entry permissions. In addition, student and route based reports are available through e-Link as well.

Q. What type of data entry can be done through e-Link?
A. New student records can be created through e-Link, and existing student records can be edited as well. Updates such as address changes, grade or program changes, changes to parent contact information are all made possible without requiring the user to have Routing & Planning installed on their workstation.

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Reports

Q. Does e-Link offer reporting?
A. Yes. e-Link comes ready to go with both student and route-based reports. Student based reports can be run to get a list of students which display school, stop and route information and can be filtered by any number of user-defined fields. Route-based reports allow a user to get route and stop information, and the user can configure the report to display or not display students as well as day-variant information.

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Pricing

Q. Are annual support fees required if I want to keep my software?
A. No. Versatrans offers a permanent license for you to use the most current version you have. By not requiring you to pay annual licensing fees, you have virtual guarantee that we will continue to improve the software and provide excellent service. Our clients pay the annual fee not because they have to, but because of the value they get from it.

Q. Does e-Link have a base price and then additional prices for modules?
A. No. e-Link does not come with multiple modules that can confuse the pricing. You get a full system with everything you need for the one quoted price. Of course there are other programs for other functions, but when it is a part of e-Link, it is yours. When new features and functions are added to e-Link, you receive them as your update under the annual extended support agreement.

Q. How do I know what modules I need?
A. That is the beauty of e-Link, you don't need to wonder. It is all there. What if you don't need a certain function or feature? You haven't paid extra for it, so there is no harm in not using it. However, as things change you may find that you need it next year. When you need it, it will be there and you won't have to buy it.

Q. Do I have to pay extra when I add a new user?
A. No. e-Link is not licensed by the user. It is licensed to the district.

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Fleetvision

Customer Support and Service

Q. Do I get a person when I call?
A. Usually. From June through August there are many more calls and you might wait for a response. Your call is logged and is returned as quickly as possible. Regular support hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 7pm EST. In addition, there are support hours on Saturdays in August. No one works harder to make sure that you can get your work done.

Q. What if I really need to show someone what my problem is?
A. Often, showing is better than telling. That is why Versatrans uses GoToAssist, which is an Internet based method that allows our support personnel to actually take control of your system. You can show them the problem, they can fix it while you watch. There is no extra charge for this GoToAssist service. We do it because it is the best. For those who understand issues of Internet security, GoToAssist is a safer link through your firewall than other services such as PCAnywhere.

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Managing Fleet Maintenance with Software

Q. I don't know computers very well. How will I know if everything is working well?
A. Long before a phone call will tell you, Fleetvision's unique "Versatrans Fleetvision Today" screen gives the opportunity to see the "health" of the system. That screen can show you the smoke so you can make sure to put the fire out. What's best is that you don't have to ask for the information. The system finds items such as open work orders, inventory information, coming due PM's and certifications, as well as fuel information and presents this to you proactively.

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Maintenance

Q. Does Fleetvision require frequent, time-consuming re-indexing, synchronization, or other maintenance procedures?
A. No. Fleetvision is designed to be virtually self-maintaining. You do not need to stop working and wait while the software performs some maintenance routine. Fleetvision keeps you working.

Q. Does Fleetvision lock users out of the system when a function is being run?
A. No. Fleetvision is designed to keep moving, even when it is updating its files.

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Data Input

Q. Can Fleetvision receive downloads from our fuel system?
A. Yes. Fleetvision accepts ASCII downloads from your fuel card system in fixed-field formats. The tool to perform this task is the easiest to use but most powerful in the industry.

Q. I have a different system in place now, can I import my parts inventory?
A. Yes. You can get started working in Fleetvision without spending hours manually keying in your inventory. Fleetvision has an easy-to-use tool that allows you to import your inventory from an Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.

Q. Is Fleetvision compatible with other software products we use, such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel?
A. Yes. Fleetvision can save documents and data into Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel formats. It is also Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) software.

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Reports

Q. How many reports are available in Versatrans Fleetvision?
A. Fleetvision comes ready to go with an extensive list of stock reports covering everything from inventory, to vehicle statistics to personnel and vendor budgets; all of which are fully customizable. In addition when you customize a report, Fleetvision always stores your version as well as the original.

Q. Can I create my own reports in Fleetvision?
A. Yes. Fleetvision gives you the ability to start with a stock report to build off of, or you can create your own from scratch.

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Pricing

Q. Are annual support fees required if I want to keep my software?
A. No. Versatrans offers a permanent license for you to use the most current version you have. By not requiring you to pay annual licensing fees, you have virtual guarantee that we will continue to improve the software and provide excellent service. Our clients pay the annual fee not because they have to, but because of the value they get from it.

Q. Does Fleetvision have a base price and then additional prices for modules?
A. No. Fleetvision does not come with multiple modules that can confuse the pricing. You get a full system with everything you need for the one quoted price. Of course there are other programs for other functions, but when it is a part of Fleetvision, it is yours. When new features and functions are added to Fleetvision, you receive them as your update under the annual extended support agreement.

Q. How do I know what modules I need?
A. That is the beauty of Fleetvision, you don't need to wonder. It is all there. What if you don't need a certain function or feature? You haven't paid extra for it, so there is no harm in not using it. However, as things change you may find that you need it next year. When you need it, it will be there and you won't have to buy it.

Q. Do I have to pay extra when I add a new user?
A. No. Fleetvision is not licensed by the user. It is licensed to the district.

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Telematic GPS

General

Q. What is GPS?
A. GPS is a satellite-based radio navigation system developed and operated by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). GPS permits land, sea, and airborne users to determine their three-dimensional position, velocity, and time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world with a precision and accuracy far better than other radio navigation systems available today or in the foreseeable future.
GPS consists of three segments: space, control, and user.

  • The Space Segment consists of 24 operational satellites in six circular orbits 20,200 km (10,900 NM) above the earth at an inclination angle of 55 degrees with a 12 hour period. The satellites are spaced in orbit so that at any time a minimum of 6 satellites will be in view to users anywhere in the world. The satellites continuously broadcast position and time data to users throughout the world.
  • The Control Segment consists of a master control station in Colorado Springs, with five monitor stations and three ground antennas located throughout the world. The monitor stations track all GPS satellites in view and collect ranging information from the satellite broadcasts. The monitor stations send the information they collect from each of the satellites back to the master control station, which computes extremely precise satellite orbits. The information is then formatted into updated navigation messages for each satellite. The updated information is transmitted to each satellite via the ground antennas, which also transmit and receive satellite control and monitoring signals.
  • The User Segment consists of the receivers, processors, and antennas that allow land, sea, or airborne operators to receive the GPS satellite broadcasts and compute their precise position, velocity and time.

The GPS concept of operation is based upon satellite ranging. Users figure their position on the earth by measuring their distance from the group of satellites in space. The satellites act as precise reference points.

Each GPS satellite transmits an accurate position and time signal. The user's receiver measures the time delay for the signal to reach the receiver, which is the direct measure of the apparent range to the satellite. Measurements collected simultaneously from four satellites are processed to solve for the three dimensions of position, velocity and time.

Q. How is GPS used?
A. GPS receivers collect signals from satellites in view. They display the user's position, velocity, and time, as needed for their marine, terrestrial, or aeronautical applications. Some display additional data, such as distance and bearing to selected way points or digital charts.

Q. Who Uses GPS?
A. GPS on the civilian side is used to support land, sea, and airborne navigation, surveying, Geophysical exploration, mapping and geodesy, vehicle location systems, and a wide variety of additional applications. The military also uses GPS.

Q. If I purchase Tyler’s Telematic GPS, How many companies do I have to deal with?
A. Only one!  Tyler will arrange for installation. Tyler will provide cellular data plan. Tyler will help you decide which solution is better suited for your fleet needs. And Tyler will provide support and technical assistance when needed. Tyler offers a refreshing new concept – you deal with only one company for an end to end solution.

Q. Who is Tyler working with to provide this end to end solution?
A. They dynamics of Tyler’s Telematic GPS are enormous by any current measure in the GPS industry.

  • Tyler is the largest provider of governmental software in the world. Tyler’s Versatrans has software licenses in more than 1,600 school districts. Tyler has does business with over 3,000 state, county and local governmental jurisdictions.
  • GeoTab is a world leader and innovator in GPS and Telematic design and manufacture. GeoTab currently has offices in Africa, Europe, and North America.
  • InstallerNet is the largest hardware installation provider in the United States with over 2,000 certified technicians, a consulting division that can both design and build solutions.

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Communication

Q. What does passive GPS mean?
A. Tyler’s Telematic GPS includes live as well as two passive solutions. Both are passive because they do not transmit and/or upload data as it is accumulated. Rather they do it 

  1. Radio Frequency (RF) 900 MHz signal. A specifically calibrated radio receiver at the bus garage or other pre-determined location accepts the RF signal from the bus and the bus uploads its data.
  2. WIFI. A specifically calibrated WIFI antenna and router is installed at the bus garage and connected to a server. When the bus returns to the garage the signal is latched and the data is uploaded.  The bus can also use any public WIFI “Hot Spot” to upload its data in addition to the hot spot at the garage. For instance, any school building with WIFI can accept an upload from the bus and route the data to the desired destination as long as the bus can get a latch on the WIFI signal.

Q. What does live GPS mean?
A. Live GPS is generally associated with sending and receiving accumulated data over a cellular network from the gps hardware. Tyler’s Telematic GPS is unique in that the unit itself determines how often to transmit the data. It can be as little as seconds or as long as several minutes depending on the type and importance of collected data. The result is fewer transmissions of less important data and transmission when necessary of more important data.

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Hardware & Accessories

Q. What is the accident data key?
A. Tyler’s Telematic GPS is again unique as it will record and store 100 minutes of all vehicle data in the case of an accident. The data is recorded within the gps unit itself in one second increments and can be downloaded to a specifically designed electronic key. The data can be viewed for accident recreation.

Q. What is an accelerometer?
A. Tyler’s Telematic GPS has a highly precise electronic chip imbedded within it that detects “G” forces or more simply, it detects changes in any state or position. Tyler’s Telematic GPS can detect the impact of an accident, rapid acceleration, harsh braking and even lane changes. Tyler’s Power Check Software can easily be user defined to detect and record changes in speed of specific mph changes per second of time. The data collected can be used for identifying best driving practices and using the result to train all drivers in better practices.

Q. What is meant by the bus being Pro-Active?
A. Again, Tyler’s Telematic GPS is unique with its industry exclusive ability for the user to set rules. Predefined speeding, idling, rapid acceleration and harsh braking for instance can be rules. Tyler’s Telematic GPS will not only notify the event of the broken rule it is proactive and gives the driver an audible warning prior to the rule being broken. For instance, an idle limit of 4 minutes may be the rule. But an audible tone will alert the driver at 3.5 minutes that a rule is about to be broken. The driver can shut off the engine within the next 30 seconds and avoid breaking a rule.

Q. Is Tyler’s Telematic GPS compatible with AVL software?
A. Tyler’s Telematic GPS is compatible with both Power Check and Onscreen.

  1. Power Check is powered by GeoTab. GeoTab is a world leader in GPS technology and GPS augmentations that have taken Mobile Resource Management to new heights. Power Check can and is designed to stand alone with its strong reporting capabilities.
  2. Onscreen is one of Tyler’s Versatrans suite of student transportation industry leading software. Coupling Tyler’s Telematic GPS with Onscreen is the key that unlocks the ultimate student transportation management platform. Because Onscreen interfaces and communicates seamlessly with Routing & Planning (RP), Triptracker (TT), and Fleetvision (FV) the result is being able to perform actual vs planned scenarios and many other functions.

And since Onscreen is vendor neutral, it will accept data from any GPS hardware whose manufacturer is willing to push their data to Tyler’s Generic Collector. You can mix and match units from two or more vendors and see as well as use the data within Onscreen. Tyler’s Telematic GPS is much stronger and functionally deeper than other offerings but Onscreen will accept what other manufacturers do collect.  

Q. Can I tell if anyone has tampered with the GPS hardware?
A. GeoTab has included Tamper Detection Technology in all of its GPS hardware including Tyler’s Telematic GPS. You can feel safe that should anyone attempt to tamper with the hardware you will be alerted.

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Reports

Q. What is the health report?
A. Tyler’s Telematic GPS is designed to wake itself up every hour when at rest and report in.  When reporting in it will read battery voltage and if it detects that voltage is low enough that the engine may not start it will also send an email to any user defined contacts.

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May 25, 2010-Albany, NY
"Tyler releases the 9.15 Suite of the Versatrans Transportation Management Solution"

May 20, 2010-Dallas, TX
"Tyler Telematic GPS Provides Insight into Vehicle Data and Driver Behavior"
March 8, 2010-Albany, NY
"Announcing District Pulse for Transportation"
March 1, 2010-Albany, NY
"John Fahey joins Tyler Technologies"
January 12, 2010-Albany, NY
"Special Announcement from Doug Hamlin."
January 11, 2010-Albany, NY
"Versatrans Philanthropy in Action"
September 1, 2009-Dallas, TX
"Tyler's MUNIS and VersaTrans TripTracker offer Integrated financial management of field trips"
August 28, 2009-Dallas, TX
"Denver Public Schools Purchases VersaTrans RP"
July 31, 2009-Albany, NY
"Tyler Technologies Releases VersaTrans OnScreen 9.13"
April 13, 2009-Albany, NY
"Tyler Technologies Releases VersaTrans RP 9.13 Product Suite"
December 16, 2008-Dallas, TX
"San Diego Unified Purchases VersaTrans RP"
September 30, 2008-Albany, NY
"VersaTrans Solutions Releases VersaTrans RP Product Suite 9.12"
April 28, 2008-Latham, NY
"VersaTrans Solutions Releases VersaTrans RP Product Suite 9.10"
April 24, 2008-Albany, NY
"VersaTrans Gives Back by Giving Blood"
February 4, 2008-Dallas, TX
"Tyler Technologies Announces Completion of Two Acquisitions to Expand Presence in Education Market"
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