Dallas trying out new technology for buses
DALLAS TWP. — The Dallas School District has installed high-tech equipment on three buses that will track where the buses are and when students get on and off the buses.
The district will use the equipment from Indianapolis-based Synovia Solutions for the next several months at no cost to see if it wants to buy it for all buses next school year, Superintendent Thomas Duffy said. He discussed the pilot program during Monday’s school board meeting.
The buses will have Global Positioning System and 4G wireless technology capabilities, and students will use ID cards to scan when they get on and off buses, Duffy said. The system is unique to the area, Duffy said.
The Mahanoy Area School Board this year approved a five-year lease agreement with Synovia for vehicle services at a monthly cost of $735.
If Dallas installs the equipment on all 30 of its buses, the district would pay end up paying about $1 for each bus per school day, in addition to some start up costs, Duffy said. The school year is 180 days for students.
The system provides information in live time on when students get on and off buses and where they were dropped off. Administrators can also “review actual ridership by bus or route, analyze planned versus actual loads and submit accurate ridership counts for Medicaid and state reimbursement,” Synovia says on its website.