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a best-in-class experience for students, parents and districts alike,” said Garg.


A Game-Changer in the Works? For those who have no Wi-Fi devices and services, the near term will provide a fantastic opportunity for school buses to be outfitted with the technology. Those whose wireless connectivity has been limited, may see broad- band funding brought to their area. They may also find greater support from school boards and local budgets to include funding to provide devices and fund service plans. The impending advancement of technology, for those who will embrace it, can be a game changer. For instance, Morgan Minster is the marketing manager


at Wireless Links based in New Jersey. The company offers multiple connectivity services and telematics, including a robust student tracking capability that utilizes RFID tagged to student ID cards. It’s products and services are found in several school districts including Wayne Trace Local School District in Ohio. The district operates a fleet of 50 buses that transport about 500 children and use fleet management, dash cams and student tracking. Wireless Links also serves


Brown’s Charter and Tour Services Inc. in Georgia that pro- vides various school districts with school bus services with its fleet of 45 buses that transport about 700 students. “As technology advances, the entire school transpor-


tation operation is requiring more tracking and more connected devices to use,” said Minster. “For the school bus operation, this is a game-changer. The entire school bus transportation solution needs multiple connected devices such as the telematics hardware for fleet man- agement, the dash cams for video footage of the driver as well as inside the school bus, the tablet for the school administrator to see where the fleets are every morning and afternoon and see the routes, the RFID readers for student monitoring of boarding and disembarking and dispatch so that drivers and fleet manager or operations manager can communicate easily.” ●


Read more about how student transporters and technology providers are using the benefits of Wi-Fi and 5G for school buses and student connectivity in the June 2021 issue of School Transportation News at stnonline.com/go/9f.


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