In India, and thanks to a positive trial run in a single bus, the Government Model, Senior Secondary School, Sector 16 will be installing GPS tracking devices on all of its school buses.
The contractor of ten of the Sector 16 school’s buses, Tarlochan Singh, performed a trial run with a GPS unit installed onto one of the buses. Due to the positive results of his trial run, Singh made the decision to install GPS tracking units on other buses within the school’s system as well.
GPS tracking devices have been a fast growing trend in public transit as of recent months, and more recently the technology was discovered to be very practically useful when used in public school buses. Installation of the device offers parents the opportunity to check the route, arrival time, and departure time of their children’s bus. Late pick up times and drop offs can be easily explained through this service.
Here’s how the service operates: The GPS device links up with a web site online, and parents can go to that web site to check the schedules and routes of the school’s buses. Parents can also sign up to receive SMS text messaging updates directly to their phone when their child’s bus leaves the school, is travelling en route, and has arrived to drop the child or children off at home.
India has found GPS technology to be useful not only in their school bus systems, but also in their public transportation systems. GPS units on public transit buses allow company officials to monitor their drivers more closely, fostering greater honesty and integrity from workers who will give reports which can be weighed against GPS data. These tracking units also allow for true gasoline miles per gallon (mpg) or kilometers per gallon (kmpg) measurement, nearly eliminating the chance of gasoline theft.
Just as with the school buses, the public transit buses that are equipped with GPS tracking devices give passengers opportunity to learn of delays or route changes, arrival and departure times, and other pertinent scheduling information.
What a wealth of technology we have. With our navigation units and mobile apps, tracing and tracking software; it would seem that GPS tracking devices, in all of their applications, are quickly becoming irreplaceable in the world today.