Tata Motors today launched Tata SkoolMan, a telematics based tracking solution, aimed at addressing pressing concerns over student safety during school bus travel. Tata SkoolMan will be a standard fitment on the Tata Ultra range of school buses and will also be available for fitment on other models of school buses in the after-market.
Besides providing a host of safety features, Tata SkoolMan also makes it convenient for parents to track the arrival and departure of their children in real time through SMS alerts, live tracking on a map or via a mobile phone application. Tata SkoolMan also provides an effective fleet management tool for bus fleet operators to plan routes better and manage their school bus fleet more effectively.
This system triggers an automatic SMS alert to parents on arrival of the bus for just in time pick-up and drop. Parents can also track the bus in real time using a mobile app. Schools can stay assured of data security against any unauthorized access through 256 bit AES data encryption technique for data communication and dedicated server space for school data. The buses themselves will be denied entry to areas which are deemed by the school as unsafe by geo-fencing such regions.
Apart from technology and safety related features, Tata Motors is also working with all stake holders involved in school bus travel (students, parents, school bus attendants), to sensitize them towards accident prevention and tackling emergency situations through various School Bus Safety programs. Building on the activity, Tata Motors recently conducted the Dream it to Win it essay writing competition and Hamare Bus Ki Baat Hai (also called the Good Citizen campaign) at various schools across the country.