Where’s the bus? To get an answer, school districts have had to rely on two-way radios and cell phones in the past. Now, security-conscious districts can use the AccuTrak Bus Monitoring System. Transportation directors and other personnel, including parents, can log onto the website and, using the AccuTrak System, determine not only the location and speed of the buses but what students and other passengers are on each bus.
The AccuTrak Bus Monitoring System is the full service system designed for school buses. The following are some of the features afforded by this system:
Security: GPS provides the ability to constantly monitor the bus’ location. Preset boundaries, defining the route a bus should take, can be activated. Should the bus leave its designated area, the base station will be alerted. In addition, a hidden panic button covertly activated by the driver will activate a priority emergency condition enabling appropriate action. Our GPRS based system is “always on” and so the bus can always be tracked and monitored even when it has been turned off. The system also provides for the checking of a driver ID and produces an unauthorized driver alert if the vehicle moves without a proper driver ID.
Passenger Service: By knowing a bus’ location, passengers as well as parents can be accurately advised when the passengers/children can expect to be picked up. In addition, the system collects passenger IDs by utilizing the credit card reader in the bus thereby providing enough information for transportation directors, parents and other school personnel to determine who’s on each bus, where they were picked up and where they were dropped off. Upon boarding the bus, a passenger swipes an ID card through the bus’ credit card reader. This information is immediately encrypted for security purposes and transmitted to any base station computer running/using the AccuTrak System. The information can be displayed and/or printed. Other features the system affords the base station operator and parent is point-to-point directions as well as information on local Parks and Reserves, local Points of Interest, restaurants and much more.
Communication: Mobile data terminals installed in each bus allows the base station to communicate with the driver accurately and concisely. Two-way voiceless text messaging is silent and provides a hardcopy record of all messages to and from the bus. Custom preset messages can be loaded in the terminal. Also, conversations are kept to a minimum, idle conversation is virtually eliminated and there is no question whether the driver heard the message or not. Receipt of all messages is confirmed.
Accountability: The AccuTrak System is an excellent tool to monitor driver performance. Speed thresholds can be set that alerts the base station and the driver if a bus is being operated above the preset speed limits. All activity is recorded and can be replayed or printed at any time. This is especially useful in resolving complaints against a driver or to verify times of incidents.
Versatile: The AccuTrak Bus Monitoring System is Microsoft Windows™ based and has been integrated with Microsoft MapPoint® which combines powerful mapping and analysis tools. The system can also be easily integrated with other software systems.