Inaugural Bus Technology Virtual Summit

Sept 21-24, 2020
Virtual Conference & Trade Show

Something New Is On The Horizon

COVID-19 has brought much of society to a standstill. But the need to continue learning stops for no virus. With that in mind, the STN EXPO and School Transportation News brings the industry a uniquely new experience that allows student transportation professionals to remotely receive training and network with peers as well as suppliers. Introducing the Bus Technology Summit.

Over the course of three days and at no charge to attend, receive information on how the latest technological innovations stand to make student and school bus transportation safer and more efficient than ever. In addition to online conference sessions, attendees partake in a virtual trade show experience that links attendees with exhibitors.

Virtual Trade Show

Join us as we explore a virtual trade show from the comfort and safety of our own homes or offices. 


Network with your peers and share ideas virtually to solve issues or problems all while practicing social distancing.

Focused Technology Presentations

Learn how new technology can help your fleet to be more efficient and profitable. 

New Products

Discover new and exiting technology products. Ask questions and get answers to your questions.

Bus Tech Summit Sessions

CEO Tech Talk
Ian McKerlich – Zonar Systems

CEO Tech Talk
Antonio Civitella – Transfinder

CEO Tech Talk
Scott Hays – REI

Tech Talk
Matthew Daus

Product Showcase
Zonar Systems – Cummins

Product Showcase

Sponsored Session
Stop-Arm Solutions: What’s Best for Your District?

STN Podcast

Daily Recap of the Bus Technology Summit

School Transportation Nation Podcast
Day 1 Recap

School Transportation Nation Podcast
Day 2 Recap

School Transportation Nation Podcast
Day 3 Recap

School Transportation Nation Podcast
Day 4 Recap

Tech Talk:

Jim Harris

Leadership & Disruption Expert


Jim Harris is one of North America’s foremost management consultants, public speakers, authors and thinkers on change and leadership. He has 20 years of experience as a professional speaker and consultant and speaks internationally at more than 40 conferences a year on topics including innovation and creativity, customer relationship management (CRM), eLearning, creating learning organizations, environmental leadership, energy efficiency, strategic planning, and creating common organizational mission and vision.

He was one of just 12 Canadians who were licensed to publicly teach Dr. Stephen Covey’s work, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” Jim works with leading businesses and Fortune 500 companies around the world. He recently finished a global consulting contract with IBM and a related white paper on how low carbon leadership drives profitability. His most recent book, “Blindsided,” is a No. 1 international bestseller, having hit the top spot on the Financial Times of London’s European Edition of Best Business Books. He is also the author of “The Learning Paradox,” which appeared on numerous bestseller lists, and is co-author of the national bestseller “The 100 Best Companies to Work for in Canada.” He is also principal at Strategic Advantage. He previously held positions as partner at Cleantech Group and affiliate at Covey Leadership Centre.

In addition to his speaking and consulting engagements and books, Jim writes for a number of publications, including the Globe and Mail, Profit magazine and Backbone magazine.

Tech Talk:

Matthew W. Daus, Esq.

Transportation technology chair at the City University of New York (CUNY)


Matthew W. Daus, Esq. currently serves as transportation technology chair at the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Transportation Research Center of The City College of New York, where he conducts research and continues to be extensively published as an expert on ground transportation regulation and technology. As a CUNY distinguished lecturer for the past nine years, he taught courses on transportation history, policy, sustainability, for-hire regulation and technology.

Mr. Daus also continues to serve for the past 10 years as president of the International Association of Transportation Regulators (IATR), a non-profit educational and advocacy peer group of government transportation regulators from around the world promoting best regulatory and innovative practice.

Commissioner Daus is the longest serving chairman of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), serving for 8.5 years. Prior to his tenure as commissioner, Mr. Daus served in executive and other positions in NYC government for almost 20 years at several agencies including as general counsel to the TLC and the NYC Community Development Agency, as special counsel to the TLC and NYC Trade Waste Commission, as a NYC Human Rights prosecutor, and as commissioner of the NYC Civil Service Commission.  Mr. Daus is a partner and currently chairs the Transportation Practice Group at Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP.

 “LET’S TALK” topics include:

  • COVID-19: Cleaning & Disinfecting
  • Student Tracking & Contact Tracing
  • Active Safety Technology Live Demonstration
  • Student Wi-Fi 
  • Driver & Staff Training
  • Routing, Scheduling & Optimization
  • Video Security & Safety Trends
  • Electric School Buses & Infrastructure
  • Stop-Arm Video & Enforcement
  • Tablets/Mobile Data Terminals
  • The 5.9GHz Safety Spectrum Band
  • GPS & Apps
  • Student Management
  • Data Solutions
  • Maintenance Software
  • Wireless Communications
  • Pre & Post Trip Inspections
  • Engine Diagnostics & ECM Updates

For a more in depth look at the conference agenda please register for the show.

CEO Tech Talk:

Ian McKerlich

President and CEO of Zonar & Global Head of Commercial Vehicle Fleet Services Segment at Continental


Out of tough times, great moments and opportunity are born. In the wake of the COVID-19 crises, opportunity lies in reimagining organizational processes to better take advantage of safety and efficiency technologies available today and in the future. 

Topics will include:

  • Breaking down the barriers to technology adoption
  • How these technologies can have a real impact on the safe transportation of children to and from school
  • Where technologies can reinvent your view of total cost of bus ownership
  • How technology adoption can be more than a nice to have and become the great transitional moment of positive impact on your transportation department and district

CEO Tech Talk:

Antonio Civitella

President & CEO, Transfinder


Does your school have a PEACE Plan?

We know safety issues are what keeps school officials, transportation supervisors, routers and drivers up at night. It is also one of the things that keeps me up at night too. My focus for my entire career has been to help districts, combining cutting-edge technology with institutional knowledge, create the safest routes, the safest stops and the safest experience for students and drivers.

The result is Peace of Mind, what we all want. To have this Peace of Mind requires every district to have what we call a PEACE Plan. PEACE stands for Plan, Execute, Accountability, Communicate and Examine. At the heart of the PEACE Plan is connected technology.

When you follow these steps, the result is Peace of Mind for you and your staff as well as your parents and students.

  • Plan: Routers, with local institutional knowledge, combined with Artificial Intelligence Optimization, plan the safest routes and bus stops (i.e. right side pickup). Do you have routing software? Is it optimizing your routes?
  • Execute: A plan is only as good as its execution. Run various models and simulate your plan in advance.
  • Accountability: Review how the plan was executed by reviewing planned vs. actual trips. Are you using GPS to see whether your plan is being executed as designed and, if not, why?
  • Communicate: All that work you are putting into designing the safest routes and stops needs to be communicated to parents and guardians to keep your constituents in the loop. Do you have a secured two-way communication app to keep your parent up to date? How about instant communication within your district leadership to make sure everyone is on the same page?
  • Examine: You know that in school transportation it is never a “set it and forget it” proposition. Conditions change. Review and revise your plan in response to real-world conditions and scenarios.  Do changes need to be made because of unforeseen changes such as ground conditions such as roadwork or health issues such as a pandemic. Are you leveraging your reporting and comparing to your KPI’s

CEO Tech Talk:


Scott Hays

President, REI

Technological advancements have helped the transportation sector progress in its journey of innovation and evolution. Leveraging collision mitigation technology and AI in school buses increases passenger and pedestrian safety, reduces traffic congestion and accidents, and minimizes overall expenses.

Topics will include:

  • Collision mitigation technology and implementation
  • The role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the exterior danger zone
  • New interior safety technologies for school buses
  • Using stop-arm system technology to protect students 

NEW Live-Action Event

Streamed Live and Up Close: Bendix to Showcase its Newest Safety Technologies in Virtual Demonstrations
From the Comfort of a Virtual Setting, Attendees Will Experience the Latest Advanced Systems for School Buses in a Live-Action Event on Sept. 24 at 12pm to 1pm PST.
Bus Technology Summit


Attend the Virtual Trade Show and learn about the school bus industry’s newest innovations. Then vote for your favorite product or software in the categories of:

  • Coolest Overall Technology
  • Most Innovative Hardware
  • Most Innovative Software
  • Most Innovative App
One vendor company will receive a BTS Innovation Award in each category.

Once you vote, your selection is locked in and cannot be changed, so vote carefully!

We will be randomly picking 2 voters every day (announced during the LIVE daily special-edition “Happy Hour” School Transportation Nation podcast) who will win a $100 Amazon gift card.

Tune in to the live Happy Hour STN Podcast on September 24 at 3 p.m. PST/6 p.m. EST for the Innovation Award winner announcements!


Frequently asked Questions


Thank you for joining us at the Bus Technology Summit Virtual Conference and Trade Show! We encourage all participants to engage in session discussions and take advantage of the networking opportunities. To ensure each participant has a memorable experience, we expect everyone to be respectful, courteous and professional towards each other. By registering and attending the conference, you are agreeing to comply with the BTS Code of Conduct.

Should you have any questions during the conference, please feel free to hop into the BTS Event Staff Session and someone from our staff will be happy to assist you! You can also email us at


How do I log into the BTS event?

There are two ways to log into the BTS virtual platform. Please see instructions below:

Option 1 – Via Invitation/Confirmation Email 

  1. Locate the invitation/confirmation email sent from School Transportation News/Hopin. If you did not receive this email, check your spam/junk box as it might have been blocked by your email firewall.
  2. In the email, please click on the blue Accept Registration. This will take you to the BTS Virtual Lobby Reception page 
  3. Once you’re at the lobby, click on My Account in the top right corner (it should be a circle with your initials) 
  4. In your account, click on the Profile.  Select Change Password button about halfway down the page 
  5. Create your own password for your Hopin account 
  6. Once completed, open a new tab in your browser and visit the link:
  7. Log in using your account information 
  8. Once in the Hopin platform, click on the Events tab, and select the Bus Technology Summit event 
  9. Join in on the action! Enjoy! 

Option 2 – Via HopIn Password Reset 

  1. Visit the link:
  2. Click on Forgot my password on top of the blue Sign In button 
  3. Submit the email address you used to register for the BTS event and click on the blue Send Instructions. It is important to enter the same email address used to register for the event. 
  4. Follow the instructions to reset your password and log back into Hopin
  5. Once in the Hopin platform, click on the Events tab, and select the Bus Technology Summit event
  6. Join in on the action! Enjoy! 


I tried resetting my password but Hopin says email not found.

You may not have completed the registration process during the initial sign up. Please visit the Bus Technology Summit website to re-register for the event. Once you complete your registration, you should receive a confirmation email from School Transportation News/Hopin to accept your registration. Make sure to check your spam/junk box for this email. Once you receive the email, click on the blue Accept Registration button and you’ll be in. You can change your password in My Account using the instructions in Option 1, above. Once you’ve set up your Hopin account, you’ll be able to easily access the BTS virtual platform on the following days.

I’m in! What do I do now?

Please feel free to explore the BTS virtual platform. You will see several buttons on the left control panel.

  • Click on Virtual Lobby to see the details of the event and scroll down to see the daily schedule.
  • Click on Trade Show to visit all the sponsored booths for the BTS Trade Show. The trade show will be open all day, however, we do have dedicated trade show hours each day, so you don’t need to miss out on any sessions. 
  • Want to meet new people and chat? Click on Networking to be randomly matched with an attendee. You can also use the chat function to message all conference attendees. Don’t forget to participate in our daily polls here!
  • Presentations and Tech Talks will be live on the Main Stage or Sessions during its scheduled time slot. Please review the daily schedule for time and location for each event.
Where is the daily schedule?

Head over to the BTS reception by clicking the Virtual Lobby button on the left panel. Scroll down and you’ll see the daily schedule. Select desire date to see the schedule for that day.

Please note that all times are displayed in your time zone. (Sample below is in Pacific Time)

Presentation/event locations (Main Stage, Sessions, Trade Show) are displayed under the time for each event. Please select the correct button on the left panel at the start of the presentation/event to join. Please note that Sessions will only appear on the list during its time slot.

I missed a session! Where can I re-watch a presentation?

The Hopin platform does not have a replay capability, so it is important to mark your calendar for the sessions that are important to you. A few of our key events will be hosted on the website for viewing after the event, but to get the most out of our event, please plan on joining us live during the conference and lend your voice to the community. 

I’m trying to join in on a session discussion. How do I get on camera?

Participants are encouraged to join in the discussion on each Session. To join on camera, click on the yellow Share Audio and Video button to request to join. A moderator will see your request to join. Once the moderator accepts your request, you will be live on screen. Please make sure your camera and microphone are turned on. There is a limit to how many screens can be live at a time, so please be patient if you’re added into the queue. You can also utilize the Chat feature to send messages to everyone watching the session. Please be courteous and professional to others during the sessions.

Please see the STN Code of Conduct for this event on the BTS website.

I clicked on Share Audio and Video and nothing happened. Now what?

Sometimes your computer or internet just needs a quick refresh if the page times out. Please cancel the request, refresh the page and try again.

If that doesn’t work, your browser could be blocking the action for security reasons. The browser may be trying to ask for permission to allow your camera and microphone to be used on the page. A pop up may appear on your browser, and you must allow the site to use your camera and microphone in order for your request to go through. If you’re still having trouble, please see our staff at the BTS Booth and we’ll help you troubleshoot the issue. You can also check out this Hopin article for more information. 

I’m presenting and I hear a horrible echo! What is wrong?

There are two likely scenarios that can cause an echo during a session, first being someone accidentally having a second browser window or tab open, and the other being two computers close to each other in a crowded office space. 

Unlike a webinar or a Zoom meeting, with a virtual conference there are many ways you can interact with your peers: Stage events, group sessions or one-on-one networking meetings. Since several of these could be running simultaneously, it is very easy to make a mistake and have multiple browser windows or tabs open, each with the microphone picking up the sound from the other window, which then goes into an infinite echo. 

What do I do? 
The first step is to make sure you are not the source of the issue. This is like the safety video on the plane where you put your oxygen mask on first before assisting the person next to you. Mute your microphone on your active session and check that you do not have any other browser windows or tabs open.  

If the problem persists, you can try muting each of the speakers on the session to try to identify the source of the issue. 

I am a moderator – how can I help? 
The moderator of a session or trade show booth has the added ability to remove someone from a session. If after confirming that your computer is not the issue, you can try to identify another user that might be having difficulty. You can remove that person from the session and continue.  Once that person resolves their issue, they can request to rejoin the session.

None of that worked – now what? 
Sometimes a session needs to be restarted to clear up the problem. In this case a moderator might ask all the people on camera to leave momentarily and then come back into the session. The moderator would then leave as well. Having a session with no one sharing their camera or microphone effectively “resets” the session. 

Office environment best practices:  
If you can, use a pair of headphones or ear buds to listen to the event. If you are in a crowded area where another guest might be on the same virtual event, keep your microphone button on your screen muted unless you would like to speak. Ask the other person nearby to mute their microphone button.

I’m having a hard time accessing the virtual platform!

The preferred web browser for the Hopin platform is Google Chrome or FireFox. If you are using any other web browsers, such as Internet Explorer, Safari, or Microsoft Edge, please exit and download either Google Chrome or Firefox to access the platform. You can also refer to this support article from Hopin for more details.

Can I watch on my smart phone or tablet?

Yes, however, the preferred method is using your web browser on your desktop or laptop. You can check out this support article from Hopin for more details.

How do I chat with a participant?

From the BTS Virtual Lobby, you should see the chat panels on the right side of the screen. Click on the Chat tab to see the main conference chat. Click on the People tab to see the list of participants. Search for the desired person using the search bar and click on their profile. Once in their profile, you can invite them to a private video call or send them a private message.

Please note that if someone is on camera in a session and accepts a private video call at the same time, they will be kicked off the original session and will need to request to join back in.  

While we encourage everyone to participate and network, please be respectful, courteous and professional towards each other. To see the STN Code of Conduct for this event, please visit the STN Terms and Conditions HERE

Do I have to be on camera?

Participants are encouraged to join in the discussion on each session, meet with vendors in their booth, and network with other attendees. However, you are not required to be on camera. Please feel free to use the chat function to connect to other participants.

However, if you decide to share your audio and video, please do your part to maintain a professional and safe space for all participants. Please be courteous and respectful to others in any modes of communication within the platform. See the STN Code of Conduct in the STN Terms and Conditions. 

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