The smart thing about smartphones – Track your child anywhere, everywhere

Let’s paint you a word picture. Your child is on a school bus and all you can do to make sure of their safety is blindly put your faith in the school bus staff. But are you sure they are verified, staff? Is the bus taking the right route? What if it’s passing through routes that could expose children to predators? What if it’s passing through routes that are heavy on traffic?
For a parent and a school, there’s nothing more important than making sure that a child is safe. Security is being beefed up at schools, background checks are being run on teachers and support staff, and even children are being taught how to deal with strangers. Our children sure are well-protected at home and at school, but are they really safe while on the move, on a school bus?
A lot of parents are insisting that schools install Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) Navigation systems on school buses. Other parents are insisting on tracking their children via smartphone GPS systems. How much of a difference is this? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of using smartphone apps versus GPS systems on school buses.

Feasibility and expense

GPS navigation systems and Smartphone GPS apps rely on satellite imagery and/or mobile data to detect the location of the school bus. Both devices are equally economical and can cost as low as INR 4000. While GPS devices need to be installed on the bus, smartphone GPS apps are relatively portable.

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Installation and updating

New GPS systems are being streamlined to be less bulky and easy to install. However, they do require maintenance from time to time, so schools do need a system/service engineer on standby. A smart phone app on the other hand just needs to be downloaded from the app store and will auto update the software from time to time – a facility that won’t be available on a standard GPS navigation device.

Usability

Smart phone apps and GPS systems are becoming increasingly user-friendly in order to help even those who are not well adept with technology. Updates about bus location, bus speed, the number of stops covered etc. can be sent to multiple users – parents, teachers, school staff etc. Smart phone apps also come with added safety features like attendance that can make sure that no child has been left behind.

Durability

A school bus won’t last forever; which means, when the time comes, the school will need new buses and new GPS navigation systems to go with those buses. In case, of breakdown, a GPS device will need to be uninstalled and installed on the new bus. Smartphone apps have an advantage here as they are portable and can move from bus to bus.

Additional benefits

A GPS navigation system is programmed to feed data into a system and one can analyze this data and help the school with the best routes to be taken by a school bus.
A smartphone tracking app using intelligent analysis can do your work for you. Not only will it monitor the route, it will also detect and analyze the speed of the bus and recommend routes that have less traffic and will consume less fuel – thus making it an economical win-win for both the parents and the school.

Is there such an app on the market?
Yes, there is. The Konverv app is an economical and safe way to track your children while they are on the move. It can track your child’s school bus, route all of the school’s official communication to your smartphone and ensure that your child is in a safe environment all the time. This app can also help in monitoring the attendance on a school bus, so if there are less number of children on a bus, the app will immediately notify the school/the parent. With its smart notification system, parents can be informed about the start and end of a bus journey with information on pit stops – just like the notifications on apps like Uber or Ola. Moreover, with an app like Konverv, you don’t need an external device to track your child, you can track your child on your smartphone. Top schools across India have already embraced this safety measure. It’s time to secure your child too. Click here to know more www.konverv.com

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