Denver Public Schools Deploys Tyler Tech Transportation System
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Denver Public Schools recently deployed a transportation management system from Tyler Technologies that will eventually allow district people--including parents--to track school bus locations online. The district has already implemented Tyler's VersaTrans RP, and VersaTrans e-Link and will be using VersaTrans OnScreen and the VersaTrans SIF Agent in the future.
"After reviewing the available products and much discussion with our committee, our decision came down to a unanimous choice--VersaTrans," said Pauline Gervais, executive director for transportation services at the district. "VersaTrans RP is a robust, powerful tool that easily sifts through data, makes students and route assignments quickly, and is user-friendly. Information for data reporting is easily extrapolated and the possibilities are endless. The overall consensus of our routing Department was 'This is a great system!'"
VersaTrans RP provides functionality for bus scheduling, routing, and planning. VersaTrans e-Link lets a school district's transportation department share school bus information online with principals, teachers, and parents. VersaTrans OnScreen offers real-time GPS fleet tracking and management. The VersaTrans Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) Agent allows VersaTrans Routing & Planning to share data with other SIF-certified K-12 applications used in a district such as student information databases.
The Denver district has about 75,000 students at 152 educational facilities and employs 13,000 people. The District transports approximately 20,000 students daily using 337 buses.
Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.