Technology in manufacturing school buses keeps improving and advancing each year to accommodate the increasing safety and security concerns of student transportation.
Better safety, lower costs and simpler operations are the major reasons that drive technology to seek new methods or improvise on the existing.
Information and computer technology has had a great influence on School transportation management systems. Innovative products have been developed to make unwieldy operations easier and to solve issues faced in student transportation.
Technology works with humans to create a secure and safer environment for students, enhance the rider and driver experience and increase the overall efficiency of operations.
Tracking the bus and its movements can make students safer on the road. By tracking the minute by minute route of the bus parents and school management can ensure that they know when to send their children for the bus and when to pick them up when they get off the bus. This means that the child is not unsupervised at any times. If the bus has been in an accident or broken down on the road then too the information can be sent to parents and school for help.
School bus is the place where the child interacts with other children. Nowadays bullying is a big issue. Trackers and cameras used in school bus management method can give the school authorities what is happening inside the bus. This also ensure that the bus driver and conductor does not misbehave with the children and the discipline is maintained at all times.
Alerts can go to the parents and the school when the child gets off on the wrong stop or does not reach the bus in time. When the bus is late the parents can be notified. If the student never gets on the bus the parent and the school can be notified immediately so that the child’s whereabouts are always known. If there are delays in coming out of the school or the child has to stay back because of some school activity and the bus will be late then too the alerts can go out immediately.
Better bus management system with trained drivers and trackers means that bus routes can be planned in a better way. Studies have shown that spending more time on the school bus adversely affects the academic life of the children therefore better bus route planning benefits the students. Bus routes can be planned with the help of trackers and GPS systems that give real time traffic and road updates. This way the driver can take the shortest and most fuel economic route.
By knowing the schedule of the buses the management can plan the student schedules in a better way. This means better time management which will give the students a better academic fluidity.
Trackers on the school buses can give the bus management systems the real time condition of the bus and notify them if any maintenance is needed. Maintenance practices of the buses can be improved by following the maintenance schedule reminders. Bus management can track the driver’s habits also and give them feedback so that they can improve the driving habits. This in turn means that the company will save money on repairs and fuel and be economically beneficial.
The streets are not safe for the children in today’s world and therefore school bus management becomes an important tool which help guarantee the safety and well being of the children.