Global Positioning (GPS) technology is available which can instantly identify a vehicle's location. Orbit Software has developed TRIPpatrol, a real-time tracking software program that uses this information to promptly alert staff when a bus moves outside its authorized jurisdiction. Using Radio Frequency or Cellular devices allows them to be tracked by satellite systems nearly instantaneously pinpointing the exact location of school buses in the event of any emergency.
Using real-time tracking software offers additional benefits such as improving the safety, security, efficiency and accountability of your vehicles and drivers by tracking where drivers have been and saving historical data about bus speeds and times at specific locations. TRIPpatrol allows you to monitor and display the positions of your vehicles as they travel their routes in real time on detailed GIS maps.
TRIPpatrol can be acquired as part of a more comprehensive and sophisticated routing and scheduling package, BusBoss, which allows transportation directors to optimally and efficiently create bus routes for their school district. Integration provides the ability to compare and alert when drivers deviate from their schedule bus runs. With TRIPpatrol, you can better manage your vehicles and drivers by eliminating unauthorized stops, re-routing, speeding, etc. Users can also generate reports of actual miles traveled and driver payroll hours. BusBoss can be upgraded at any time to include TRIPpatrol.