Most of us do not like to wait for others in the street but there are daily situations where it seems impossible to plan an exact meeting. For example, when our children are traveling home in the bus school route. In these occasions the traffic, the time at which leave the school or the delay of a parent make us have to wait in the street without being able to anticipate the arrival time.
Given the uncertainty, many parents choose to call the child’s school to ask what has happened with the school route. That way, they can contact the monitor that is on the school bus route to estimate a time of arrival. To improve this communication and give parents a peace of mind, Wave has created Wola. Wola is an app that connects parents and children on the school routes.
Optimization of the school route
Wola Schools app works as a private geolocation system between parents and school buses. Wola tracks the school route in real time. It is activated when the monitor on the route chooses the option to leave the school from their smartphone. From that moment the parents of the students will see the school route in real time.
The family will also receive notifications whenever they want. For example, they can set them for when the child is approaching their pick up place.
This real time location technology is a revolutionary and novel way for parents to better plan their children’s pickups. It helps them to stop waiting in the street for the school bus, sometimes with other small children. In addition, this tool enables them to feel safe and calm in case of delay. Parents know the cause in real time, can see if there are jams or the bus is still in a previous stop.
For schools it also means assuming a technological improvement of the school route planning systems by stop. Schools know more effectively the time it takes the school route to travel through each stop and the usual traffic. In this way, they can optimize rental times of buses.
How does it track the school bus?
Wola Schools uses a unidirectional positioning system. The school monitor that goes on each bus shares with the parents of the children her/his location in real time. It allows the application to send notifications to parents about the nearest stops. In this way, children do not need a smartphone to communicate with their parents in case of delay, since the application will inform the parents about their location they are.
The application is quite simple with key features such as the notification system, the map view showing the route of the bus in real time and the option to have several routes. This works for the situation in which parents have more than one child enrolled in school with different routes.
Parents can choose when they want to receive a notification on their phone about their child’s route, applying geofencing technology in real time. It will update the estimated time of arrival of the bus to the nearest stop of each family. I will also warn them with 10 minutes or more in advance for parents to leave home. This accuracy is especially useful for those who come with others to pick up children and do not want to wait on the street.
This notifications system can be activated at the pleasure of each family. Over time the team plans to include several more functions that can improve the communication of parents with the school through Wola Schools and increase security.
The geolocation of Wola starts from a very strict perspective in relation to privacy. Since it understands that sharing the location is a very delicate and personal issue. Especially regarding the location of children.
Therefore, the application uses encryption with dynamic tokens and a closed system in which only the parents authorized by the school can access the private map. On the map, parents only see the location of the bus their children go. However, they do not have access to the data of each student.
Wola is a new application born from the leading positioning technology of Wave Application. Wave is a positioning app, in this case bidirectional, which has years of experience in the sector and millions of users.