Mobile app puts real-time school bus info in palm of your hand

  • Sunday, August 24, 2014

Student Transportation Inc. (STI), North America's third-largest provider of school bus transportation services, announced the national rollout of SchoolWheels SafeStop, a mobile app that allows parents, students and schools to securely pinpoint the location of a vehicle on its route to and from school. The app updates in real time with stop and arrival information and also includes notifications of when a student has boarded or exited the bus.

Built by STI's Technology and Innovation group in 2013, the app was successfully tested last school year in Brevard County, Florida, where STI subsidiary SchoolWheels Direct transports students attending the Millennium, Magnet and Charter Schools of Choice. A child's bus is displayed on a detailed map showing its current location in relation to the child's stop, so parents can monitor the bus along its route.

The SafeStop app is accessible from any device connected to the Internet – smartphones, tablets and desktop computers – and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play. The app will be available to thousands of parents and students in select school districts in Florida, South Carolina, California and Illinois during the upcoming school year.

“The school bus arrival time guessing game will end for busy parents using our app as we continue to roll out our mobile platform across North America,” said Keith Engelbert, STI chief technology officer. “We developed this app to meet the needs of parents, students and school staff who value the security of knowing their child is transported safely to and from school every day. SafeStop provides a level of safety and security that gives parents peace of mind.

Engelbert said SafeStop is available to parents, other independent school bus contractors and in-house transportation systems run by school districts. To learn more about SchoolWheels Direct, SafeStop and how to enable your transportation system for the app, visit www.schoolwheels.com/swpcshop/pc/viewcontent.asp?idpage=3. For information about STI, visit www.ridestbus.com.

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