1 Simply the Best GPS/Fleet Management Solution in the Business!
2 BLUE BIRD CONNECT TM Through an exclusive relationship with Synovia Solutions, you can now order your new Blue Bird school bus straight from the factory with Blue Bird Connect simply the best GPS fleet management solution in the business. When you buy a Blue Bird bus, you have the option to activate, at no upfront cost, any or all components of Blue Bird Connect and enjoy the ease and peace of mind that comes with the backing of Synovia s proven GPS fleet management system. This integrated solution has proven, time and time again, to reduce total cost of ownership. Your Blue Bird Dealer can upgrade your existing fleet of buses as well, regardless of brand. Watch your fleet save money and increase efficiency with Blue Bird Connect your source for efficiency and savings! More Than Just a GPS Core GPS is a perfect way to start managing your operation in real-time. With Core GPS, you can track, map, and create meaningful reports. Our easy-to-use software allows you to watch live activity, map historical routes and stops, create arrival reports and much more, including: Key Performace Indicators Drill Down Reporting Stop and Arrival Information Live Dispatch Tools Speeding and Mileage Extensive Reporting In addition to the numeous core benefits Blue Bird Connect delivers, our software is designed to be completely user-friendly. We provide you with essential information that is simple and easy to understand. Student Ridership Tracking How quickly can you determine if a student is on the bus? Instantly, with Student Ridership Tracking from Blue Bird Connect! With the information provided by Student Ridership Tracking and Parent Portal, parents can send their children to the bus stop at just the right time, reducing their exposure to weather conditions, traffic and other dangers. The industry-leading Parent Portal Access tool allows you to see your bus ETA in real-time. Parents can sign up for text or alerts to know when the bus will arrive, giving them peace of mind knowing their child has been dropped off safely. Tracking can be completed with the use of RFID readers, barcodes on existing student ID cards, or with a tablet. Contact your Blue Bird Dealer to discuss the option that best fits your needs!
3 No Upfront Cost & Self-Funded With Synsurance, school districts can be assured of a long-term and reliable solution, backed with unmatched service and support. ++Connect s comprehensive service will provide you with everything needed to track, manage and improve your fleet operations without a major upfront investment. Synsurance means you pay nothing to get started with Connect and are provided with everything you need to get going right away, including all training, hardware and support. Just sign up and go! TURNKEY SOLUTION Includes all hardware, software and ongoing services No servers or infrastructure to maintain Automatic software updates SERVICE GUARANTEE Lifetime hardware warranty Hosted software SELF-FUNDING No upfront or hidden costs Savings offset monthly service Rapid return on investment Connect Works on All Bus Makes While Blue Bird Connect can be installed OEM on your new Blue Bird bus, it is designed to work on all bus makes and models making it a perfect solution for your mixed-make fleet. Best of all, your Blue Bird dealer can install Blue Bird Connect hardware on every bus in your fleet; at no additional upfront cost! Synovia s solution clearly provided the most progressive GPS options. Synovia was the most knowledgeable company and their system was competitively priced. They were responsive with tailoring the system to our needs. The system is directly responsible for improvements in arrival times. Best of all, our savings have more than paid for our investment, and we have peace-of-mind knowing that we can instantaneously track our entire fleet and respond to school and parent inquiries. Garry Puetz, Transportation Director Forsyth County Schools Georgia
4 BLUE BIRD CONNECT TM Track Actual Work Time with Accuracy Our Driver Time and Attendance solution has become one of our most valuable fleet management and money saving tools. With our in-vehicle solutions, you can instantly review timesheet exceptions, compare planned versus actual schedules, pay fair and accurate wages, and save money in the process. Automated payroll collection and integration allows staff to be more productive and reduces the risk of errors. With improved accuracy of reporting and validation with GPS data, control of your payroll system is guaranteed. COLLECT ACCURATELY Clock-in inside the vehicle or via the web Multiple-employee log in with job codes Enter non-driving activities MANAGE EFFECTIVELY Review web-based time cards Compare planned schedule to actual worktime Create reports to manage overtime INTEGRATE PAYROLL SEAMLESSLY Export time and attendance details Import employee data Real-time Route Analysis With Comparative Analysis, you can see planned routes compared to actual routes and use this information to improve on-time performance and keep your drivers on route. Comparative Analysis allows you to avoid overspending on fuel by reducing idling and ensuring the most efficient routes. By tracking driver performance, including excessive speeding, harsh braking, abrupt turning and sudden acceleration, you can make certain that your drivers operate your vehicles safely and efficiently. INFORM PARENTS AND SCHOOLS Monitor stop arrival times Compare against planned times Manage time performance MANAGE YOUR ROUTES Ensure on-time departures Track route compliance
5 Maintenance & Uptime Wouldn t you like to repair it before you have to replace it? With Connect s Engine Diagnostics solution, you will have peace of mind knowing that your district s time and money is being used in the most efficient way. If a fault code appears, our software will inform you of the problem in real-time, helping you avoid costly repairs. Because it costs far less to prevent an issue than it does to fix it, being able to see what kind of work your fleet needs in advance prevents unexpected, expensive repairs and replacements. In addition to a lower cost of ownership, Connect provides safer transportation for students and drivers. Blue Bird Connect gives your dispatchers the ability to see which vehicles are closest to a specific location, so they can send the nearest driver in the event of an emergency. This can be especially valuable if you are looking to better response times or avoid additional wear on high mileage vehicles. With Connect, fleet managers and school districts are able to manage each bus proactively. Ultimately, Blue Bird Connect lowers total cost of ownership by providing real-time engine diagnostics that save school districts the time and effort required to ensure a working, productive fleet. MANAGE PROACTIVELY Review MPG for your fleet Determine where you are losing fuel efficiency ANALYZE INSTANTLY Receive alerts of engine fault codes Schedule regular reports to review engine hours and fuel used Have ample time to fix and perfect operations ENSURE SAFETY Safer transportation for students and drivers Immediate assistance in emergencies With 350 buses in the fleet, we have utilized the Synovia Solution for 7 years. Utilizing Synovia s telematics, the district saves thousands of dollars each year due to reduced idle time and reduced fuel consumption. We have utilized other telematics solutions in the past and are dedicated Synovia customers due to their state-of-the-art technology, simplicity, accuracy and quick response to our evolving needs. Gary Lake, Transportation Director Ft. Wayne Community Schools Indiana
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7 Why Choose Blue Bird Connect TM? When it comes to fleet management systems, we deliver a complete package that s tough to beat. CORE GPS Assess idling, speeding, location, mileage, zone entry/exit, etc. DRIVER TIME AND ATTENDANCE Integrate payroll with the true time worked for the day PARENT PORTAL ACCESS Allows you to see your bus ETA in real-time Industry s Best Features Blue Bird s commitment to safety, quality, durability, and serviceability combined with decreased costs makes Blue Bird Connect the optimal GPS fleet management system. Our goal is to help your fleet drive safer while managing your operational costs such as fuel, payroll and manpower. Our incredibly capable and intuitive platform is paired with a knowledgeable and experienced sales and support team you can count on. Then there s Synsurance, a way to pay for your system over time that is unlike anything our competition can offer. Many customers have switched from another GPS solutions provider to Blue Bird Connect because it s simple, easy to use and doesn t require any upfront investment. COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS Improve on-time performance and keep your drivers on route and punctual ENGINE DIAGNOSTICS Proactively identify and address vehicle malfunctions SYNSURANCE No upfront costs; All inclusive monthly fee per vehicle; rapid return on investment Want to learn more? Contact your local Blue Bird dealer and let us show you how we can help you run safer and save money in the process a winning combination. BLUEBIRDCONNECT.COM
8 Save Money. Drive Safer. Blue Bird Connect is a proven GPS/Fleet Management system that is designed to save your bus fleet time and money, while making your bus journeys safer every day. Blue Bird Connect uses the latest technology, from Blue Bird and Synovia Solutions, and over 100 years of combined industry experience to help define your current transportation methods and transform them to be more efficient. Be sure to contact us today to learn more about Blue Bird Connect and experience major savings for your fleet! A heritage of looking ahead. BLUEBIRDCONNECT.COM Specifications, features, illustrations and equipment shown in this brochure are based upon the latest available information at the time of printing. Although descriptions are believed to be correct, accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Blue Bird Body Company reserves the right to make changes at any time without notice. Some features mentioned herein are not available in all models. Please see your Blue Bird Dealer for details. Blue Bird Body Company does not represent or warrant that its products are fit for a particular purpose. Purchaser must independently determine the suitability of the Blue Bird products for their particular application. All images contained herein are either owned by Blue Bird Body Company or used under a valid license. All trademarks used herein are registered trademarks of Blue Bird Body Company. It is a violation of federal law to reproduce these images without express written permission from Blue Bird Body Company. SB-BBCONNECT Blue Bird Corporation