Magazine article District Administration

Bus Tracking and GPS

Magazine article District Administration

Bus Tracking and GPS

Article excerpt

A wave of new GPS systems not only tracks buses in real time, but allows administrators to map routes, films drivers for future training purposes and provides data on how well vehicles are functioning.

The technology also promises safer rides for students and provides peace-of-mind for parents, who can download apps to find out where their children are and to communicate with school transportation officials. One company provides ID cards that identify when students get on and off a bus.

FIRSTVIEW

First Student

FirstView provides a secure bus-tracking, communication and engagement tool for districts and parents. School leaders can respond to parent inquiries and inform teachers of any delays via the app's dashboard. A separate parent app shows the location and direction of buses, along with arrival and departure details. Parents can also set up alerts that notify them when a bus is a certain distance away from a stop.

Firstviewapp.com

ONCOMMAND CONNECTION

Navistar

Administrators can track fleets in real time with OnCommand Connection, which works on desktop computers and mobile devices. The program can spot up to 18,000 problems--such as engine failure and overheating--while buses are still on the road, and can find nearby dealers for maintenance. Users can filter data by vehicle type, fault code and time, and choose vehicles to monitor more closely.

Oncommandconnection.com

TYLERTELEMATIC GPS

Tyler Technologies

This GPS tracker allows district leaders to plan efficient routes, check vehicle mileage and battery life, and watch for engine problems. It can predict when a bus' engine may overheat and also alerts drivers who have been idling for too long, which can increase fleet costs. The hardware also indicates hard braking and rapid acceleration--which can cause accidents--and stores pre-accident data for training purposes. …

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