CalAmp announced that its school bus contact tracing solution, Bus Guardian, has received the 2020 IoT Excellence Award presented by Technology Marketing Corp. (TMC) and Crossfire Media.

The IoT Excellence Award honors innovative products that support the availability of information being deduced, inferred, and directly gathered from sensors, systems, and anything else that is supporting better business and personal decisions, according to a news release from CalAmp.

Bus Guardian, developed by CalAmp’s subsidiary Synovia Solutions, is a combination of CalAmp’s hardware, software, and telematics technology that delivers contact tracing, driver wellness checks, and hygiene verification to help schools manage student transportation challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the company. The solution allows school administrators to create instant reports around each student’s bus ridership history based on contact tracing, which is particularly important if a student or bus driver becomes ill.

“Safety and peace of mind have always been at the heart of our technology and it’s gratifying to know we were able to creatively evolve during this pandemic to deliver a new kind of safety solution for our customers,” said Jeff Gardner, CEO at CalAmp.

More than 100,000 of the roughly 500,000 school buses in the U.S. are equipped with Synovia’s GPS-powered fleet tracking technology, according to the technology solutions provider.

“It is my pleasure to recognize Bus Guardian with an IoT Excellence Award for its excellence in innovation,” said Carl Ford, CEO and community developer for Crossfire Media. “As a leader in this rapidly evolving industry, I look forward to seeing CalAmp’s future successes.”

Crossfire Media is an integrated marketing company that focuses on future trends in technology. The company has a partnership with TMC to produce events and websites related to disruptive technologies, according to CalAmp.