RFID Systems for School Bus Transportation

Every day, millions of children across Canada and the U.S. leave their homes to go to school. The most crucial part of being a parent is the welfare of your child. Statistics suggest that students travelling by school bus are far more unlikely to be involved in a vehicular accident than if they travel by car or riding a bicycle to school. Statistics Canada has revealed that only 0.3 percent of all collisions resulting in personal injury or death involved school buses. The USA, Canada and Australia also confirm that public transport involving schools is 14 times safer than travelling by private car. The safest mode of transportation for students is taking the school bus to and from school.

GAO RFID solutions for School Bus Transportation are designed to help the public and private school boards ensure the safety of each individual student:

  • Track when students get on the bus
  • Track when students disembark from the bus
  • Student security
  • Ensures the accuracy of each individual student
  • Prevents students from stepping on the wrong bus
  • Students absent from the bus
  • Students have left the bus at the wrong departure stop
  • Students who have been left behind on the bus

Our RFID solutions offer both passive and active tags, we have the solutions to help protect each and every student in your school system.

GAO RFID System Solutions: School Bus Transportation

The two types of RFID tags employed by GAO RFID are Passive Tags and Active Tags. Passive Tags have no internal power supply, they emit a radio frequency signal only in response to a cue from a transponder. Active Tags are internally powered, they emit a continuous radio frequency signal. Active Tags can be read from distances of up to several metres. Passive Tags have a lower range from a few centimeters to a few meters. Depending on your school district budget GAO RFID has a system for every school.

Automated Passenger Headcount

Each student can be outfitted with a high frequency thin RFID Card that can be scanned by a Short Range RFID (interrogator) Reader. The tag exchanges data with the reader wirelessly. The RFID reader is comprised of an antenna, transceiver, processor, power supply and an interface that is connected to a host computer at the school—and the battery does not need to be replaced. Passive tags can be embedded in the school bag of each student, when the student enters or departs the bus, the date, time and location can be transmitted to the schools database. Bus drivers will not have to do a manual headcount before departing to and from school.

Student Tracking       

GAO RFID Personnel Tracking can enable parents or the school to receive an instant SMS alert when the school bus arrives at the school location. Student tracking allows parents to have peace of mind. Our software and hardware systems can be setup to notify parents via SMS when the child boards and disembarks from the school bus.

Vehicle Tracking and Maintenance

The GAO RFID Asset Tracking System enables the real-time tracking of school bus vehicles as they travel throughout their pickup points. In cases of emergency, being able to immediately locate school buses means the greater possibility of safety. With each school bus assigned a Vehicle RFID Tag, operators are able monitor each bus’ maintenance record and be notified when it is time for scheduled maintenance work to be done. This ensures 100% visibility of school bus mechanical conditions and helps to provide an added layer of safety to passengers.

Integrating the School Bus Transportation system with GAO RFID

The GAO RFID System for School Bus Transportation can be integrated with your existing management system. Giving students and their parents security should be your first line of defense for your school district.

Contact us for more information on how our RFID System for the School Bus Transportation industry can be configured for your organization.