Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security Bus Driver Certification Now More Roadworthy


Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security Bus Driver Certification Now More Roadworthy

Deployment of iPads that interface with a web-based repository saves time and money in certifying Tennessee's Bus Drivers

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Department of Safety & Homeland Security recently launched the THP Pupil Transportation Certification application, replacing an obsolete paper-based manual process with an efficient and time saving mobile and web-based solution.

In the interest of maintaining the utmost safety of children during transport on public roadways, The Department's Pupil Transportation Division is responsible for ensuring that active duty school bus drivers hold an "S" endorsement on their Commercial Driver's License. The endorsement indicates demonstration of knowledge and road skills by way of written and road tests administered by the Division. In-service training classes are conducted across 134 local school districts.

With the legacy paper-based system, Tennessee Highway Patrol State Troopers sent the class roster and test results to the Division's Nashville office where the administration staff would manually key the entries into the mainframe - a method not entirely efficient and occasionally, susceptible to error.

With the THP Pupil Transportation Certification application, iPads are deployed to the field and with a brief sync prior to each training session, the Officer has information of licenses with a prior history of "S" endorsements. This is validated against the physical license of each session attendee, consumed via portable scanner. At the end of the session the results of the examination are sent wirelessly to the centralized repository.

Using the web-based component of the application, administrative staff can then run reports, view and edit records, and automatically generate necessary form letters.

"The system has already proven useful in many aspects," said LT. Ray Robinson of the Tennessee Highway Patrol. "The collection of correct data and the ability to determine certain license issues have been a great asset to this program."

The Department anticipates that the utilization of both the mobile and web-based components will result and a substantial savings in time and expense and a significant reduction in errors due to manual entry.

The THP Pupil Transportation Certification application was developed by NIC, Inc., Tennessee's eGovernment partner since 2000.

About NIC, Tennessee Information Division

NIC, Tennessee Information Division is part of eGovernment firm NIC's family of companies. NIC, Tennessee Information Division helps Tennessee build and maintain the state's official web portal http://www.tn.gov and hundreds of online services that allow citizens and businesses to interact with state government more efficiently.

About NIC

NIC Inc. (NAS: EGOV) is the nation's leading provider of official government websites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company's innovative eGovernment services help reduce costs and increase efficiencies for government agencies, citizens, and businesses across the country. Our popular self-funded solution allows government to put in-demand services online without using taxpayer funds. The NIC family of companies currently provides cost-effective eGovernment solutions for more than 3,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United States. Additional information is available at http://www.egov.com.

David Dahle, 615-313-0300

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