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Monitor your child's school bus

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A cloud-based app that monitors and tracks the location, safety, security and activity of school ... More

Editor's review

Published 15 May 2012

When your kids are at home you know they are safe and under your watchful eye. When they are at school they are in the capable hands of teachers. But what about when they are on the way to school in the school bus? Who is responsible for their safety then? NorthStar is a free GPS tracker and more that tracks the location, safety, security and activities of school children and the school buses as they travel to and from school in real time.
NorthStar is a cloud-based app that is not just another GPS tracker, though.  It's main focus, of course, is to ensure the safety of school children and make sure that no one is hurt or, God forbid,  die in school bus accidents. In the case of an accident, the parents, authorities, community, officials and hospitals are notified instantly and automatically minimizing the possibilty of deaths or permanent injury in an accident. It takes a unique approach to child safety, by *helping* school bus drivers and transporters become better and more caring drivers. It lets you track your school buses, vans and other vehicles used to transport children, ensuring their safety and security. It will notify you of their impending arrival at pick up and drop off stops while monitoring unsafe driving and the poor driving skills of others. It will even monitor your child's attendance and possible truancy.  For the bus operator it can save you money by optimizing your routes and monitor the misuse of school buses and their fuel, thereby lowering transportation fees for parents. This is a "peace-of-mind solution" that takes into account concerns of parents, school authorities, school bus fleet owners and school bus drivers.It combines the power of GPS, GSM, GPRS, GIS, RFID, webcam and many more sensors in a "black box" that transmits signals to NorthStar's Amazon cloud-based server farm. The "black box" analyzes billions of bytes of data every few minutes and intelligently detects problems, violations, rash driving and accidents and notifies the authorized people over SMS within 2-5 seconds of the incident. It's built on open source technologies including Apache Tomcat, Apache MQ, Java, JSF, Spring, Hibernate, EhCache and Jasper.
NorthStar is an integrated child and school bus tracking and monitoring solution that ensures children's safety and security while they travel to school and back. As I mentioned earlier though, NorthStar is definitely not just a GPS tracker as its unique "black box" technology provides many extras to improve the big picture of getting children from A to B and back. Safety, security, truancy and trip monitoring are all catered for making it user friendly for both parents and the bus operators alike. It's a free app that looks like a win/winner.

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