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Edsys Intros School Bus Tracking
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Edsys has introduced real-time tracking
software that lets parents and teachers monitor the location of students riding
on school buses.
To use the system, students receive RFID (radio frequency identification)
tags along with their ID cards. The RFID tags uniquely identify each student,
and RFID readers placed in school bus doorways read the tags as students get on
or off the bus. While the bus is in motion, the bus itself is tracked through a
GPS tracking device.
Parents and teachers can follow students' whereabouts on a computer through
the software's Web application or on a smartphone or tablet using the mobile
app. If a student doesn't get off the bus at the expected time or place, or
forgets to swipe their card on the way out, the software alerts school
Key features of the school bus tracking software include:
- Real-time location tracking through GPS;
- Parent portal Web and mobile applications that let teachers and parents
track students from a computer, tablet or smartphone;
- Daily school bus attendance reports available through the parent portal;
- Notifications 10 minutes before the bus arrives at its destination or at
the child's bus stop, when the child gets on or off the bus and when the bus
stops for an unusually long time; and
- Reports for school administrators, including the speed, distance,
mileage, travel history, stops and other information about the bus fleet.
Further information about the school bus tracking software can be found on
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.