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Edsys Intros School Bus Tracking

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 authorities.

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 the Edsys site.

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at dian@dischaffhauser.com or on Twitter @schaffhauser.

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