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MyBusMate, the first real-time school bus tracking solution in Singapore, now launched

Zafirah Salim | May 2, 2014
The mobile app is a one-stop information hub linking parents, schools and bus operators.

MyBusMate

Parents and schools can now easily monitor their children’s commutes with Singapore’s first real-time school bus tracking solution MyBusMate

Dubbed as a safety-first app, MyBusMate pinpoints school bus whereabouts to ensure children arrive safely at school and their homes.

According to its media statement, MyBusMate is a one-stop information hub linking parents, schools and bus operators. Parents can track buses through automatic proximity notifications, which significantly reduce waiting time. Parents can also use the app to notify schools and buses of a child on sick leave, and likewise, buses can also notify and explain delayed arrivals to parents and schools.

This app does not only benefit parents, but it also helps bus companies simplify transportation logistics as it allows simple tracking of student attendance, which can be forwarded to schools.

“Parents spend a lot of time worrying about their children’s commutes, be it late bus arrivals, struggling to get in touch with administrators during mix-ups, or insecurities with children traveling independently at a young age,” explained Allyson Boneham, Chief Operating Officer of MyBusMate.

“We developed MyBusMate as a solution to enhance safety, convenience and peace of mind. The app enables much-needed communication between parents, schools and bus companies to ensure everyone is kept in the loop with any problems or schedule changes,” she added.

MyBusMate as a tracking solution for parents, bus operators and schools

MyBusMate leverages Google Maps as the basis for its tracking interface. Parents can identify school bus movements along designated routes, receive pre-bus arrival notifications, send and receive messages, and toggle between separate tracking maps for different children.

Besides that, bus operators can also configure their designated routes according to student pick-up locations. The geo tracker is configured to commence tracking at the start of every journey for real-time location updates. And since the app does not rely on satellite signals, buses can be tracked anywhere – even under shelter – as long as the phone has a 3G connection.

Lastly, schools not only use MyBusMate’s dashboard to monitor movements of every school bus, but also to review student attendance information and to communicate emergencies or event reminders to parents. 

To date, four schools have trialed MyBusMate; and it will be rolled out to 15 schools in the coming months.

 

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