Gatekeeper Appoints Jason Harris as VP Student Protector Programs to Increase Focus on Video Enforcement and Stop Arm Violations
Abbotsford, BC – August 9, 2023 – Gatekeeper Systems Inc. (‘Gatekeeper’ or the ‘Company’) (TSX-V: GSI) (OTC: GKPRF) a video and data solutions provider for public transportation and smart cities, announces the appointment of Jason Harris as VP Student Protector Programs and provides a corporate update.
Jason Harris has over 20 years of leadership experience in school and transit transportation in Florida where he was Director of Transportation for both Manatee County Schools and Sarasota County Schools, as well as Transit Division Manager, Manatee County. Jason will lead development and strategy for Gatekeeper’s Student Protector and help school districts utilize video evidence to combat the growing problem of vehicles illegally passing a stopped school bus when children are crossing the street.
Doug Dyment, President and CEO commented, “I’m delighted to welcome Jason to our team to spearhead the growth of this important initiative. Jason’s skills extend well beyond transportation operations where he led staff of over 300 employees. He has also worked closely with superintendents, boards of directors, law enforcement personnel, and county judicial staff. The State of Florida just recently approved legislation allowing video enforcement of school bus stop arm violations. Gatekeeper already has a well-established school district customer base which is representative of approximately 40% of Florida’s total bus population, and our Platform-as-a-Service business model has been embraced by numerous school districts. We believe video enforcement represents a high growth opportunity for Gatekeeper and our AI and video analytics technology has already proven to be superior in enforcement applications. Jason’s deep industry experience will be invaluable in helping make Student Protector the dominant choice for school districts who are now working aggressively to combat this problem which has become shockingly worse in the last few years.”
Jason Harris added, “In my tenure of advocating for passenger safety and enhanced transportation routes as well as working closely with lobbyists, I have come to appreciate the vital role of effective video and data solutions in ensuring the safety of our communities. Protecting school children when they are most at risk during their ride to and from school is more than just an option – it’s now an expectation. I’m very excited about Gatekeeper’s opportunity to make an impactful difference.”
The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services annual survey estimate released on July 10, 2023, points to more than 43.5 million illegal passings of stopped school buses during the 2022-23 school year in the United States, which is a significant increase from the estimated 17 million in the 2018-19 school year (source: nasdpts.org/stop-arm-violations).
Gatekeeper’s Student Protector uses AI and video analytics to detect, record evidence, and capture license plate data of vehicles that illegally pass a school bus when the stop arm is deployed for school children to cross the street. Gatekeeper’s optional proprietary software also automates the ticketing process of these stop arm violations. For more information on Student Protector visit: www.gatekeeper-systems.com/school-bus-student-protector/.
The Company also announces that Colin Sutherland has resigned as director of the Company for personal reasons effective August 8, 2023. The Company thanks Mr. Sutherland for his valuable contribution and wishes him success in his future endeavors.
About Gatekeeper Systems Inc.
Gatekeeper is a leading provider of intelligent video and data solutions designed to provide a safer transportation environment for children, passengers, and public safety personnel on multiple transportation modes. The Company uses AI, video analytics, thermal cameras, and mobile data collectors to inter-connect public transit assets as part of intelligent transportation systems in a Smart City ecosystem. The Company’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) business model is an enabling transformation to a video and data solutions provider for intelligent transit and Smart Cities. www.gatekeeper-systems.com
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