A GPS Tracking System for School Transportation Services
Mbabu, Wendy Mwende
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It is important for every school to have a trustworthy and secure transportation service to ensure the safety of the students. It helps the school administration to effectively manage their bus fleet and potentially reduce mishaps. This is where vehicle monitoring takes effect. The system provides real time information about various parameters of the vehicle like the location, the route, the speed, the list of passengers, the adherence of drivers to schedule and much more. It is a common problem for school management to know at any time who is riding in which school bus, where and at what time he was picked-up and dropped-off. This information becomes especially crucial in cases involving emergencies like school bus accidents. A geographical positioning system based solution for school bus routing and scheduling with time window is and was implemented using the agile methodology that gives room for robustness. The result helps the transport management to design a dynamic shortest and fastest route for the vehicles whilst ensuring all stops are accounted for and it is within the convenient distance for picking the children. The GPS also helps to identify the real-world pickup stops according to the concentration of the children in a particular area as well as to visualize the current optimum route and pickup points as well as a platform used by parents for tracking and children monitoring system which provide a comprehensive and highly reliable integrated services needed for school buses was tracked, monitored and inquired in real time. The information can be accessed by the parents through a mobile application and this helps them track their wards effectively. The school administration can also access the application to ensure student safety and contact a driver or a parent. The application also allows the administration was informed of emergencies or complaints. In comparison to similar methods, sensitivity analysis of parameters are also conducted to analyse the performance of the approach.