Wi-Fi Equipped School Buses
In a world where the use of technology is prevalent, we still experience a significant digital divide. While some communities use many variants of information technology and wireless networks, underserved communities have limited to no access.
Being on the wrong end of the digital divide is more obvious today in light of the COVID-19 crisis. Many schools are opting for online classes and students in these areas find it difficult or impossible to access online learning materials.
ConnectED™ suite of products can bridge the gap and give everyone access to the many benefits of wifi on school buses.
Innovative, adaptive features for the new normal
During the new normal, as schools resume with blended learning approaches, our wifi enhanced school buses open a new wave of opportunities for students. If you care about the safety of your students and the need to conform to social distancing protocols, the ConnectED Bus™ has you covered. Worry no more with our hotspot’s broad connectivity area that leaves plenty of room for significant social distancing.
More productive commutes
When traveling to and from school on field trips or extracurricular activities, no matter the proposed distance range, we ensure students are connected. With this effort, students can do research or finish homework, leading to enhanced productivity.
No student is left out
In the evenings, on weekends, and during holidays, you can park the ConnectED Bus™ in underserved areas to enable students to complete tasks and projects. It also works for distance learning classes where students are not able to join a physical classroom. Our school bus wifi can help kids in underserved communities adequately and no student is left out.
Our school bus Wi-Fi improves productivity in motion
Many students spend so much time in motion to and from school. Daily commutes can take up as much as four hours!
Expect better performance outcomes from your students
With the ConnectED Bus™, students can focus on research work, assignments, studies, and more. Doing school work in transit leads to more rest and family time at home. Let’s take a look at the most common student responsibilities after classes:
- Extracurricular clubs
- Sport activities
- After-school jobs
- Research paper
Being able to work on the way home helps kids take their minds off school, giving them ample family and friends time. Having time to do research, coupled with sleeping well and ample family bonding time, boosts mental health, which leads to an overall increase in students' performance.
Moreover, the ConnectED Bus™ benefits school athletes who spend hours on the road when attending inter-school or regional competitions. Having a stable wifi connection on the way enables them to do their schoolwork while traveling so that they can focus on the game when they arrive.
Experience a significant reduction in disruption rates.
It's no doubt that bored kids are disruptive kids. Students are a bundle of energy, and having no medium to channel that large energy mass can encourage them to cause trouble.
A rowdy school bus can easily make drivers lose focus, increasing the possibility of accidents happening. Another benefit of wifi on school buses is its ability to keep students occupied. Keeping them occupied reduces the rate of disruptions to ensure that the driver's attention is solely on the road.
With students focused on their work and rates of interruptions reduced, there’s no need to hire extra staff to watch over them during commutes, reducing your expenses significantly.
Remarkable features of ConnectED™ Bus
Making your school bus a mobile hotspot with ConnectED Bus™ offers you real-time access to data from the bus in motion. Let’s learn more about the center of our wireless network connection: the router. Here are its many features.
The ConnectED Bus™ maximizes GPS usage.
With the ConnectED Bus™ school bus wifi, you can have optimum Global Positioning System function with fast internet connection and precision. Here’s what our ConnectED Bus™ offers:
Real-time location information: This information is especially helpful in case of disaster. Often, accidents happen quickly, and vehicles go missing. The number of casualties increases during the prolonged wait period. With the modified Global Positioning System tracking, emergency responders can act quickly and locate possible victims.
Gives allowance for setting Geo-fences: With geofencing, you can program certain responses within specific areas. For example, you can activate a geo-fence within a particular area to receive notifications when a bus enters or exits that area – including the bus depot or even specific stops on each bus route.
Helps you set customized alerts: With customized alerts, you can create signals to track specific changes. These notifications can help the students, the driver, and even the bus. For example: if you set connection limits to one device per student, you can make alerts that inform you when one student connects more than one device, thus maintaining traffic on the school bus wifi interface.
A significant benefit of our router is real-time surveillance, which gives schools access to surveillance footage from cameras set up on the bus as it is in motion. Our router can connect to existing cameras to monitor activity inside the bus.
If your bus does not have cameras initially, we can provide them during installation. Although camera installation is not included in the standard ConnectED Bus™ solutions, we can provide you with unique image stabilization that is unaffected by the motion of the bus.
Installing bus cameras help with potential lawsuits and is highly recommended.
Newly featured school bus Wi-Fi portals
Along with its other amazing features, the ConnectED Bus™ comes with a new sign-in portal and cloud management that benefits both the school and students. These two portals help in optimizing the use of the ConnectED Bus™ and provide easy access at all times.
New students' sign-in portal
Students are explorative and would typically prefer to visit fun websites over education applications. The student sign-in portal helps you ensure that they use the ConnectED Bus™ for its intended purpose. Here are more of its benefits:
- It secures the WIFI so you can be sure that only your students can access the wifi
- The portal has a customizable landing page where you can display a welcome message and the school logo.
- It gives room for similar experiences during distance learning and in-class learning
Upon login, the portal automatically redirects them to whatever program they are using to learn. For example, if Google classroom is the selected distance learning software of your school, the student sign-in portal takes them there immediately when they log in. The sign-in portal helps you ensure that your students are being productive and using the school bus wifi for its intended purpose.
Cloud management portal
Just like how your mobile cloud apps sync your files across devices, our cloud management portal connects all ConnectED Bus™ installations and ConnectED Campus™ installations through a single access point. The cloud management portal also simplifies updates, configuration, deployments, and managements and simultaneously reduces stress on your part.
Gain access to real-time diagnostics
With the cloud management portal, you can gain access to real-time diagnostics and troubleshoot connection issues.
The well-defined API (Application Program Interface) makes it easy to integrate with third-party tools and applications.
The ConnectED Bus™ can choose between a hardwired or portable deployment option. Schools have the freedom to determine how you deploy their ConnectED Bus™ antenna during installation. With both options, you can experience maximum speed and secure connection.
Hardwired (bolt-mount antenna)
The hardwired deployment option has a bolt-mount antenna and is ideal for long-term and permanent use. Professional installation is available nationwide.
Portable (magnetic antenna)
The portable deployment option has a rugged carrying case for quick and easy setup. It also provides flexibility for use between vehicles and on-campus.
Cares Act Funding
Funding available for this solution through the Cares Act as well as financing through Premier Wireless as the initial capital expenditure. Annual costs are as low as $360 per year making this school bus wifi cost-effective for virtually any school.
Get started today.
To learn more about our ConnectED Bus™ or our other ConnectED School™ solutions, contact us at 281-667-0404, or schedule a meeting with us.
Premier Wireless is the right partner to help you bring equity for all, improving the quality of education for every student as we navigate the new normal together