AT&T Enables School District to Track Bus, Vehicle Fleet, Boost Student Safety, Decrease Costs

AT&T Wireless Network Provides Real-Time Monitoring of HISD Fleet

Houston, Texas, April 28, 2009

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The Houston Independent School District (HISD) has signed a contract for AT&T* fleet management services, enabling the school district to wirelessly monitor its fleet of more than 1,100 school buses and official vehicles. HISD is now able to facilitate more efficient and safe management of its fleet of vehicles by using GPS technology over the AT&T wireless network.

The AT&T solution enables HISD to remotely track, in real time, the location and speed of its vehicles and confirm that its buses are traveling along scheduled routes and stops. Additionally, the school district can monitor when a vehicle’s ignition is turned on or off and whether or not safety lights and exit doors are working properly.

“The insight delivered from this solution is invaluable – providing control, insight and accountability for managing our buses and other vehicles,” said Aric Taylor, manager, Routing and Scheduling, HISD. “Remotely tracking our vehicles and drivers enhances our ability to deliver Houston ISD students to school on time and keep them safe, which is our top priority.”

AT&T’s fleet management solution enables HISD to efficiently route its vehicles which should result in reduced fuel and maintenance costs. The school district can more efficiently complete tasks like moving school bus stops to safer, more accessible locations. Real-time communication with safety officers, whose vehicles are equipped with GPS technology, could enable HISD to complete bus stop evaluations in less than a day, a task that normally could have taken a week or more.

The AT&T account team worked closely with HISD to provide a unique solution that would meet its key needs like monitoring fleet movement and responding quickly in emergencies. AT&T fleet management solutions are designed to enable customers to monitor and track their mobile assets, providing them with critical information via the AT&T wireless network, the largest high-speed wireless data network in the U.S. and the broadest international coverage of any U.S. wireless carrier.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

About Houston ISD
The Houston Independent School District is the largest school district in Texas and the 7th largest in the United States with 296 schools and more than 200,000 students. The 301-square-mile district is one of the largest employers in Houston/Harris County, Texas with nearly 30,000 employees. As a result of tremendous academic gains in recent years, a record 157 HISD schools have achieved Texas’ top ratings of Exemplary or Recognized. For more information visit the HISD website at www.houstonisd.org.

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