Golden Hills con­nects buses with wifi

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Those long bus rides to and from schools for Golden Hills School Divi­sion stu­dents may be a lit­tle more tol­er­a­ble thanks to the ad­di­tion of wifi to buses.

The school divi­sion be­gan the pro­ject some time ago and Su­per­in­ten­dent Be­van Dav­erne says so far they are close to hav­ing about onethird of their buses out­fit­ted.

“We are try­ing to start with the routes that are out of town and, es­pe­cially runs where stu­dents have a longer time on the bus,” said Dav­erne. “It will do a num­ber of things in the long run. In the short term, stu­dents are very happy with it. They have In­ter­net, and it gives them an op­por­tu­nity to use it like they would at home.”

He says stu­dents can ac­cess home­work, but they do not limit it to scholas­tic en­deav­ours.

“I think stu­dents and par­ents are quite ap­pre­cia­tive of the whole thing,” he said, adding the con­nec­tion is gov­erned by the school divi­sion’s stan­dards.

“Even though th­ese things are on the bus, they are still

con­nected to our over­all larger net­work, all of the In­ter­net has the same fil­tered, and pro­tected en­vi­ron­ment the kids would have at school. There is no dif­fer­ence be­tween the In­ter­net they use on the bus or in their class­room.”

Be­yond sim­ple In­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity, there is a lo­gis­tic and safety com­po­nent to the wifi.

“It al­lows func­tion­al­ity in a whole bunch of dif­fer­ent ways,” he said. "One thing we may look at is GPS lo­ca­tion on buses. That could be very help­ful to par­ents and our sys­tem. An­other thing we could look at is di­ag­nos­tics on me­chan­i­cal is­sues with the bus, it also gives us speed. It gives us lots of in­for­ma­tion on how the bus is work­ing and if there is a prob­lem with the bus it could pro­vide di­ag­nos­tic in­for­ma­tion for our me­chan­ics and main­te­nance per­son­nel to deal with it more ef­fec­tively.”

He says the school divi­sion is im­ple­ment­ing the pro­gram in as cost ef­fec­tive way pos­si­ble.

Golden Hills School Divi­sion buses are be­ing equipped with wifi, giv­ing stu­dents ac­cess to In­ter­net on long bus trips, as well as lo­gis­tics and safety func­tion­al­ity.

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