RFID Helping To Improve Student Safety, Security On School Busses

An RFID solution from Zonar Systems is helping to enhance safety and security on schools buses by identifying when and where a student enters or exits the bus.

The company’s ZPass system works without any intervention or action from the student. Each student is issued an RFID card that can be kept anywhere near them, like in a backpack, purse or wallet. The card doesn’t have to be visible for the system to work.

As the student passes the card reader when entering or exiting the bus, time, date and location are logged and transmitted to a secure database. A school system can then access the information if necessary.

The ZPass system ties into Zonar’s HD-GPS technology that tracks bus location and other information like speed, each stop and start, and the time, date and location at which the door is opened.

"Safety, security and accountability are fundamental expectations when children ride school buses,” said Bill Brinton, Zonar System senior vice president of marketing. “The industry record is already stellar. But RFID technology now makes the job easier and gives school bus operators, school officials and parents the peace of mind that comes from knowing where their children are while making their trip to and from school.

"Following events of 9/11, the school bus industry audited its safety and security efforts, and technology solutions are being embraced because of their accuracy and reliability. In the world we live in today, parents understandably want and deserve this peace of mind."

Districts using the system say the extra monitoring helps ease any fears from parents about their child’s safety.

"It's all about the safety of the children entrusted to our care,” said John Harris, transportation supervisor for the Quincy, Wash., school system. “We are installing it now in our buses, and the initial experience has been good. It builds extra confidence, and parents like it."

To alleviate any privacy concerns, the system features built-in safeguards, and no personal information is stored on the card. All data collected is controlled and confined to the school district.

About the Author

Brent Dirks is senior editor for Security Today and Campus Security Today magazines.


  • Report: 15 Percent of All Emails Sent in 2023 Were Malicious

    VIPRE Security Group recently released its report titled “Email Security in 2024: An Expert Look at Email-Based Threats”. The 2024 predictions for email security in this report are based on an analysis of over 7 billion emails processed by VIPRE worldwide during 2023. This equates to almost one email for everyone on the planet. Of those, roughly 1 billion (or 15%) were malicious. Read Now

  • ASIS Announces ANSI-Approved Cannabis Security Standard

    ASIS International, a leading authority in security standards and guidelines, proudly announces the release of a pioneering American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-approved standard dedicated to cannabis security. This best-in-class standard, meticulously developed by industry experts, sets a new benchmark by providing comprehensive requirements and guidance for the design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and maintenance of a cannabis security program. Read Now

  • ISC West Announces Keynote Lineup

    ISC West, in collaboration with premier sponsor the Security Industry Association (SIA), announced this year’s dynamic trio of speakers that will headline the Keynote Series at ISC West 2024. Read Now

    • Industry Events
  • Government is Top Targeted Industry for DDoS Attacks in Q4 2023

    The government sector experienced a surge of DDoS attacks in Q4 according to Lumen Technologies (NYSE: LUMN), a global leader in integrated network and cybersecurity solutions. The Lumen Quarterly DDoS & Application Threat Report for Q4 2023 analyzes data from its DDoS mitigation platform and application protection partner, ThreatX, to provide an overview of the DDoS and application-layer attacks that targeted organizations in the last quarter of 2023. Read Now

Featured Cybersecurity


New Products

  • EasyGate SPT and SPD

    EasyGate SPT SPD

    Security solutions do not have to be ordinary, let alone unattractive. Having renewed their best-selling speed gates, Cominfo has once again demonstrated their Art of Security philosophy in practice — and confirmed their position as an industry-leading manufacturers of premium speed gates and turnstiles. 3

  • Hanwha QNO-7012R

    Hanwha QNO-7012R

    The Q Series cameras are equipped with an Open Platform chipset for easy and seamless integration with third-party systems and solutions, and analog video output (CVBS) support for easy camera positioning during installation. A suite of on-board intelligent video analytics covers tampering, directional/virtual line detection, defocus detection, enter/exit, and motion detection. 3

  • Camden CV-7600 High Security Card Readers

    Camden CV-7600 High Security Card Readers

    Camden Door Controls has relaunched its CV-7600 card readers in response to growing market demand for a more secure alternative to standard proximity credentials that can be easily cloned. CV-7600 readers support MIFARE DESFire EV1 & EV2 encryption technology credentials, making them virtually clone-proof and highly secure. 3