Monitoring Student's Locations via the School Bus

There seems to always be talk about the actual securing of school buildings and other on-ground facilities, like the gym or band hall, or even the addition of video surveillance in strategic locations, but what about protecting students and staff while on the bus ride to and from school? While the obvious option may seem to be the installation of video surveillance on the bus, in which school administration and the local police have direct access to the video feeds, some schools are putting the responsibility of security on the students.

In Volusia County schools, Florida, students must take action to enter their bus. Elementary students are responsible for using ID cards while middle school and high school students have to remember data to input into a credit card-like machine, mounted on the dashboard to the right of the driver.

As students swipe or punch in their ID, a green light will appear if the student is trying to get onto the correct bus, a red light if trying to load the incorrect bus. The system tracks if and when students enter/exit the bus, enabling staff to tell parents who call the school looking for their child after school hours whether the child rode the bus and where he or she exited. It also helps bus drivers track the number of students who ride the bus during the state-designated count weeks. This empowers bus drivers to stay focused on the road, rather than on accurately counting the number of passengers. (This number determines the amount of money the district will receive for transportation.)

Some of the teenaged students at Volusia County schools complain that this type of bus loading system is a waste of time or they feel like their parents don’t trust them; however, safety and security of students and bus drivers was obviously a concern to this school district as it cost $280,000 to install this system.

Featured

  • Survey: Less Than Half of IT Leaders are Confident in their IoT Security Plans

    Viakoo recently released findings from its 2024 IoT Security Crisis: By the Numbers. The survey uncovers insights from IT and security executives, exposes a dramatic surge in enterprise IoT security risks, and highlights a critical missing piece in the IoT security technology stack. The clarion call is clear: IT leaders urgently need to secure their IoT infrastructure one application at a time in an automated and expeditious fashion. Read Now

  • ASIS International and SIA Release “Complexities in the Global Security Market: 2024 Through 2026”

    ASIS International and the Security Industry Association (SIA) – the leading security associations for the security industry – have released ”Complexities in the Global Security Market: 2024 Through 2026”, a new research report that provides insights into the equipment, technologies, and employment of the global security industry, including regional market breakouts. SIA and ASIS partnered with global analytics and advisory firm Omdia to complete the research. Read Now

  • President Biden Issues Executive Order to Bolster U.S Port Cybersecurity

    On Wednesday, President Biden issued an Executive Order to bolster the security of the nation’s ports, alongside a series of additional actions that will strengthen maritime cybersecurity and more Read Now

  • 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

Featured Cybersecurity

Whitepapers

New Products

  • AC Nio

    AC Nio

    Aiphone, a leading international manufacturer of intercom, access control, and emergency communication products, has introduced the AC Nio, its access control management software, an important addition to its new line of access control solutions. 3

  • Compact IP Video Intercom

    Viking’s X-205 Series of intercoms provide HD IP video and two-way voice communication - all wrapped up in an attractive compact chassis. 3

  • QCS7230 System-on-Chip (SoC)

    QCS7230 System-on-Chip (SoC)

    The latest Qualcomm® Vision Intelligence Platform offers next-generation smart camera IoT solutions to improve safety and security across enterprises, cities and spaces. The Vision Intelligence Platform was expanded in March 2022 with the introduction of the QCS7230 System-on-Chip (SoC), which delivers superior artificial intelligence (AI) inferencing at the edge. 3