Infotech Lead America: Thirteen school districts across North Carolina – from Asheville to the coast – are using new wireless technology developed by Synovia Solutions to provide information about their school buses—improving student safety and creating real time information for parents and administrators.
Synovia Solutions developed the technology so school district officials can see detailed information for each bus in their fleet and receive alerts to ensure drivers travel at safe speeds and stop at railroad crossings. Every time the bus stops and opens its doors, information is sent to school officials about the location, time and duration of the stop.
Synovia’s solution boosts bus driver productivity giving them the ability to clock in or out right from the driver’s seat, the company said.
The device also helps reduce fuel consumption through a dashboard that highlights issues like excessive idling. One optional component of the school bus tracker enables students to sign in and off the bus using their student ID card providing parents confirmation their child arrived safely to school in the morning or back home in the afternoon.
The bus tracker solution also keeps kids safe and on time for the morning bell by reporting engine updates before the problem worsens and leaves students stranded. School officials are alerted automatically if a bus is running behind schedule.
North Carolina school districts using Synovia technology on Verizon’s network to provide safe and efficient student transportation this school year include: Buncombe County, Burke County, Durham, Franklin County, Harnett County, Jones County, Stokes County, Wilson County and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.