Installation of system
We relied on our proprietary software and hardware interface to integrate the school bus fleet. All vehicles were outfitted with reputed model GPS Devices. A room in the school premises was converted into a secure place that housed the GPS Server. For the pilot run, we entered the phone numbers of key personnel and in the simple interface. We fixed the routes, the timings, the alerts and the triggers in the event of a deviation, overspeeding and idling for the vehicle. The driver was then despatched on a test run without students. The instructions were to deviate from the designated route midway, cross the speed limits and to finally leave the engine on idle for a longer time than necessary. The triggers alerted the authorities of the deviation, the speeding and idling. The next run included dummy runs with RFID cards. Teacher volunteers role played students and as the RFID cards entered and the left the vehicles, the necessary notifications were shared with the numbers. Validated users were then prompted to query status through mobile devices and the notifications landed in the devices showing ETA and present position of the vehicles.
Over a period two weeks, all the buses were fitted with the devices, and all parents were part of the network that disseminated information and notification about their children. After we provided training to the authorities, the controls were handed over to the authorities. To simplify the process of inclusion of additional users to receive notifications, we introduced a system of self-login with a two-step password verification. This dispensed with the need for time-consuming human intervention in the inclusion of new users.