This post in Wireless Report caught my eye today – wireless technology can reduce the need to make return phone calls to parents by empowering parents to get the data on the location of their child themselves.’
“…The GPS location systems built inside many current wireless phones can be used in many neat ways — …..(including) the use of GPS technology to allow school districts to track the locations of their school bus fleets.”
According to RCR Wireless News:
The iX-3 system, designed by Sprint Nextel partner Everyday Wireless, uses the carrier’s iDEN network and GPS signals to track a bus’ location. It can also track rider attendance, and can send automatic alerts if a student gets off at the wrong stop. Finally, the service can also generate automated rider reports for school districts that are required to file such reports in order to receive state and federal funding.
The technology ‘does not delay the boarding and disembarking process,’ according to the companies. Other features include integration with Sprint Nextel’s iDEN push-to-talk service, direct dispatch, two-way text messaging and live audio monitoring and recording.