Q’Straint will unveil its new Quantum system at the 2011 APTA EXPO t); the first and only securement system that secures a wheelchair, without the need for driver assistance. The Q’POD (above), the first fully integrated wheelchair station featuring an ADA-approved three-point system, was unveiled at the 2008 EXPO.
Fresh off the release of the Q'POD at 2008's APTA EXPO, Q'Straint will unveil the Quantum system at this year's EXPO.
"Both the Q'POD and the upcoming Quantum have the same goals in mind: Ease of use, reduced securement time, and increased safety and confidence for passengers using wheelchairs," said Q'Straint/Sure-Lok Marketing Manager Patrick Girardin.
The Quantum is the first and only securement system that secures a wheelchair, without need for driver assistance. Quantum's arms deploy at the press of a button, securing all mobility devices at the wheels. It meets and exceeds all proposed ISO regulations for transit, including the latest ADA revisions and upcoming ISO standards. As rear-facing systems are being widely adopted, the Quantum effectively secures all wheeled mobility devices quickly and promotes complete independence for a transit agency's wheelchair passengers, according to Girardin.
"Its compact design accommodates the smallest and widest wheelchairs and scooters while the rubberized arms gently secure devices at their wheels," he said. "With advanced power sensing logic, laser guidance and emergency release, the Quantum sets a new direction in wheelchair passenger safety — it's turning the industry around 180 degrees."
Additionally, the Q'POD is the first fully integrated wheelchair station featuring an ADA approved three-point system. Its unique bumper design and front tensioning mechanism help eliminate aisle-side obstructions, and the scooter securement ring virtually eliminates common tip-overs. The Xpress delay system, magnetic stowage and integrated shoulder belt gives drivers the necessary tools to quickly and effectively secure mobility passengers.
"Transit agencies throughout the world face a common set of issues in wheelchair passenger transportation. Among the top are difficulty in securing wheeled mobility devices, potential liability arising from wheelchair tip-overs, increased idle times, countless variations within wheelchair securement applications and driver training, to name a few," said Girardin. "There is no area within the component makeup of a transit bus that results in more lawsuits — or litigation — than that related to the wheelchair securement area."
The development of the Q'POD and the Quantum come about with the rise in transit demand for easy-to-use wheelchair passenger safety solutions that their drivers can use effectively, added Girardin.
"As wheelchair related litigation continues to rise, agencies everywhere are seeing that they can no longer afford to maintain the status quo and must invest in newer technology," he said. "Our promise to deliver the most effective safety solutions and provide new leading technology has helped us to invest into these R&D efforts."
Both the Q'POD and the Quantum are for transit properties that run larger transit buses, 35-feet or longer, and will help those properties see an increase in wheelchair passenger ridership, according to Q'Straint.
"We are proud to have launched the Q'POD at APTA in 2008, and this year, we are very excited to unveil the Quantum system," said Girardin. "As rear-facing securement systems are quickly becoming the norm, we're excited to see our customers' reaction to what promises to be the next industry blockbuster."