Fulton County Schools (FCS) operates the fourth largest school bus fleet in Georgia. Powered by more than 930 buses, drivers travel more than one million route miles monthly transporting 78,000 students twice daily throughout metro-Atlanta.
FCS needed to upgrade its communication system to enable greater access to enterprise mobile applications, improve productivity and update its emergency preparedness technology to meet the evolving Fulton County requirements.
FCS upgraded the entire fleet from feature phones to Sonim XP8 smartphones. The Sonim XP8 Android smartphone, one of the first devices to be compatible with FirstNet, provides instant communication and ultra-rugged features that can withstand harsh work environments.
AT&T enlisted GPSLockbox to provide the PTT mounts and remote speaker microphone making the XP8 handsfree for drivers who must avoid distractions while staying connected to dispatch at all times. The State of Georgia has strict handsfree requirements and needed a modular configuration inside each bus. The GPSLockbox system allows the flexibility to mount each component anywhere in the front of the bus and ensure the driver’s viewing area is never impeded. In this case, the XP8 rests in the PTT mount to the left of the driver and the amplified speaker is above the driver’s head.