Illinois school tests program to track bus riders with GPS

Feb. 2, 2012
Stevenson High in Lincolnshire collects data about students getting on and off buses

From Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Ill., is testing a program that tracks students that ride school buses. Officials hope it will increase safety and lead to more efficient bus routes. The program entails a bus equipped with a GPS monitoring system and reader pad; students swipe their student IDs when entering and leaving the bus. District officials see it as a way to keep students safe. If a student were to go to a friend’s house or sleep through their bus stop, parents would know where their student had left the bus. Eventually, parents will be able to track their student’s information online through a parent portal, and a smartphone mobile application.

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