Transylvania County school buses get U.S. Cellular wireless monitoring tech

Chris Stokes (center) demonstrates use of the system with director Alan Justice and bus garage supervisor Keith Wilmot at Transylvania County Schools. The easy to use interface updates the location and speed of a bus within about 15 seconds, and tracks bus movements to help increase safety. Photo submitted

Press release from Transylvania County Schools:

 U.S. Cellular is working with Transylvania County Schools to bring the latest in vehicle monitoring and wireless technology to the county’s school bus fleet. These advancements will help ensure the safety and security of all students using bus service in the new school year.

All 40 buses at Transylvania County Schools are now equipped with the latest tracking tools from U.S. Cellular for the start of the 2016-2017 school year. This equipment allows the transportation department as well as the school where each bus embarks from daily to monitor vehicle speed and the exact location and number of stops each vehicle makes along its route.

“This new GPS monitoring system will be a real asset to our Transportation team, and a useful tool to improve safety for both our students and the general public,” said Alan Justice, director of transportation for Transylvania County Schools. “As we are training Transylvania County Schools staff to use this innovative technology, I already see an important role for the information we receive on a daily basis. Our goal at TCS Transportation is to deliver our students to school and home safely and efficiently every day, and this new system will definitely help us achieve our goal.”

Justice met with local U.S. Cellular representatives to discuss options for utilizing vehicle monitoring systems. A vehicle monitoring system solution was chosen that provides connectivity for Transylvania County School’s staff to buses while in route.

“At U.S. Cellular, we provide innovative technology solutions to improve safety and security for our customers,” said Chris Stokes, U.S. Cellular’s business area sales manager in western North Carolina. “We continue to see schools utilize wireless technology to safeguard the well-being of students and expect this trend to continue.”

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