School Bus GPS Tracking Gets an A+ from Parents9 Aug 2012
Much to the chagrin of children enjoying the last bit of their summer vacation, any day now school will begin in the tens of thousands of schools around the country. And along with school being back in session, comes the parade of yellow-school buses hauling some of our nation’s very precious cargo.
But this year, many more parents, along with school district administrators, will have extra assurance that their children will get to and from school safely — thanks to GPS trackers.
From Jefferson County Public Schools in Kentucky to a Pueblo Colorado school district to Chicago Public Schools, an increasing number of school districts are implementing the tracking of their fleet of school buses via GPS tracking technology.
Here’s how it works: With sensitive GPS tracking receivers placed inside the bus, coupled with satellites in space, location data is transmitted through a wireless network that can be viewed, read, and analyzed from a remote computer. Multiple school buses can be viewed on a map simultaneously, and speed, direction, latitude, and longitude all can be monitored. School bus position updates occur every few seconds. School bus dispatchers can monitor the entire fleet of buses with real-time GPS tracking, or zoom in to concentrate on just one bus. What’s more, past route histories are saved and can be retrieved to investigate inefficiencies, disputes, or problem situations.
Parents will certainly reap the benefits of this real-time GPS fleet tracking technology, having more confidence than ever of the well-being of their children as they make their journey to and from school.
School bus GPS tracking also helps school districts be more accountable to taxpayers and parents in the event that one of the buses encounters traffic delays, weather delays, accidents, or mechanical breakdowns. Administrators can also monitor school bus drivers driving behavior to ensure the are practices safe driving habits. The fleet tracking systems enables school administrators and dispatchers pinpoint the exact location of a specific school bus at any given time.
While there is a cost involved in implementing a fleet GPS tracking system for school buses, that cost is recouped in no time. Fuel and maintenance costs are reduced as excessive speeding, idling, inefficient routes are also reduced.
But most importantly, the protection of children is priceless.